Simons & Wiskin
Customs and International Trade Law
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.
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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