Practice Areas:
International Trade and Customs Law
• Global Customs Compliance
• Export Controls
• Trade Policy & Legislation
• Customs Litigation

Education:
Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, JD, 1978
St. Lawrence University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1975

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Activities:

Former Treasurer and Vice President of Customs Lawyer’s Association.
Member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association
Member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers and the Joint Industry Group
AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Experience:

Mr. Tomenga’s experience includes:

  • Assisting clients with their strategic planning and compliance with customs classification, value, origin, marking, NAFTA and other preferential trade agreements, and other entry requirements of Customs, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Counseling and representing clients subject to customs compliance audits (Focused Assessments), interventions and investigations.
  • Assisting clients to gain and maintain membership in the Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA), and other security and compliance programs.
  • Obtaining favorable tariff classification for imported merchandise and recovering excess duties tendered to Customs and the proper interest thereon.
  • Advising on origin determinations under the varying origin rules under NAFTA, the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Assisting clients to obtain drawback of customs duties.
  • Assisting clients to gain Customs protection of their intellectual property rights.
  • Defending clients subject to claims for civil and criminal penalties, liquidated damages claims, and seizures and forfeitures under the customs laws and under laws enforced by customs and administered by other agencies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Performing import/export compliance due diligence reviews in connection with corporate acquisitions.
  • Counseling clients on compliance with U.S. export control laws.
  • Representing clients before federal courts having jurisdiction over a broad range of disputes with Customs.
  • Assisting clients to obtain temporary duty suspensions for eligible imports.
  • Negotiating settlements with the Bureau of Industrial Security for export compliance violations.
  • Counseling clients on foreign duty rates, marking, labeling, and other import requirements.
  • Counseling clients on recordkeeping requirements, recordkeeping penalties, and alternative recordkeeping systems.
  • Assessing client customs compliance and adequacy of internal controls, advising on remediation of problems including the use of prior disclosures and compliance improvements.
  • Advising clients on the coastwise trade (Jones Act) and fisheries laws administered by Customs.

Publications:
Co-Author of “U.S. Import Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule”, Lectured on various Customs law topics for The American Association of Exporters and Importers, the Practicing Law Institute, and private trade associations.