Rick Van Arnam
Regulatory Affairs Counsel
Mr. Van Arnam is a partner with the international trade and Customs law firm of Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, a national practice with offices in New York, Chicago and Washington. He has been with the firm since 1991 and a partner since 1998. He has handled a wide variety of matters, representing clients before the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, United States Department of Commerce, United States Trade Representative, the United States Food and Drug Administration and numerous other administrative agencies that regulate international business transactions. In addition, he has helped companies take advantage of duty preference programs, such as NAFTA, GSP, CBTPA and 9802.
As Customs focus has shifted to enforcing the Customs Modernization Act, he has assisted many companies in measuring corporate compliance levels by performing self-assessments, as well as assisting companies that are undergoing formal compliance assessment reviews conducted by the U.S. Customs.
Mr. Van Arnam has litigated many Customs cases before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, in the course of purchasing, selling or moving goods in international business, contracts are breached or merchandise is damaged. In those cases, he has helped his clients resolve their disputes, be it through the negotiation of a settlement or through arbitration or litigation.
With his work as counsel for The Vision Council, Rick has considerable experience with issues involving the FDA's regulation of medical devices and the manner in which national and international manufacturing standards are created.
In addition to the practice areas highlighted above, Rick concentrates his practice to the following areas: legal compliance programs and customs audits; customs valuation; country of origin and marking matters; export regulation; Customs and international trade litigation; Food and Drug regulatory compliance; prior disclosure law; tariff classification; preferential duty programs; NAFTA; antidumping , countervailing duties; training in international trade subjects; trade policy and legislation; civil Customs enforcement; duty drawback; NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitrations; gray market/counterfeit imports; and anti-bribery compliance.