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JERRY P. WISKIN, is a founding partner of the Firm. Mr. Wiskin was born in Brooklyn, NY, and received his J.D. degree cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 1974. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1968. In 1975, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, and, in 1976, he was admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Wiskin served as a Trial Attorney and later Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in the International Trade Field Office of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department from 1974 -1985. In this capacity, he represented the United States in civil suits involving issues involving issues under the U.S. customs, tariff and international trade laws primarily in the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After leaving Government service in 1985, Mr. Wiskin entered private practice and later became a partner in two firms in New York, concentrating his practice in the area of customs and international trade law. In private practice, he has represented individual and corporate clients in these areas of law.

Mr. Wiskin is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, where he served on the Standing Committee on Customs Law from 1978-1980. He also is a member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association where he served as Chairman, Continuing Legal Education and Professional Responsibilities Committee and the CITBA Board of Directors from 1992-1996.

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Philip Yale Simons is a founding partner of the Firm. Born in Everett, MA, he received his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School in 1977. In 1962, he received his A.B. and, in 1963, received an A.M. in Geology from Boston University. In 1967, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Mineralogy/Geochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Simons was a research scientist at a major United States chemical company for over ten years.

In 1977, Mr. Simons was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In 1978, Mr. Simons was admitted the Bar of the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade. In 1982, Mr. Simons was admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to forming Simons & Wiskin, Mr. Simons was a partner in two law firm with principal offices in New York specializing in customs and international trade law and representing individual and corporate clients, including multinational corporations, in these areas of the law.

He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.

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Patrick C. Reed is Of Counsel to the Firm and his practice concentrates on U.S. customs, international trade, and import-export laws, including international trade agreements such as the World Trade Organization agreements and the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as commercial litigation arising from international business transactions. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Reed received a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He received a Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, with concentrations in international law and international economic relations. He also holds an M.A.L.D. degree from The Fletcher School; a B.A. with high distinction from Indiana University; and an advanced diploma in French studies (D.S.E.F. (3e Degré)) from the University of Strasbourg, France.

Mr. Reed is author of a treatise on customs and international trade litigation, The Role of Federal Courts in U.S. Customs and International Trade Law (Oceana Publications 1997) (quoted in United States v. Haggar Apparel Co., 526 U.S. 380, 393 (1999)), as well as a number of articles and other papers on customs and international trade law.

Mr. Reed is a member and former president of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA), the nationwide bar association of lawyers practicing customs and international trade law. He also serves on the United States Court of International Tradeís working group on legislation to expand the Courtís jurisdiction. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of International Law and Section of Administrative and Regulatory Law) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, Committee on International Trade) and is an adjunct professor at New York Universityís Center for Global Affairs.

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