Frederic D. Van Arnam, Jr.
Mr. Van Arnam is a partner of Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, a national federal regulatory practice with offices in New York, Chicago and Washington. Rick, as he is known, practices in all areas of Customs, import, international trade, and export controls law, and has been with the firm since 1991, and a partner since 1998. He handles a wide variety of matters, representing clients before the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS, covering EAR matters), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR, covering WTO matters), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of State (ITAR and USML matters), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and numerous other administrative agencies that regulate international business transactions and global trade matters. He assists clients with foreign tariff issues too.
A typical problem handled by Mr. Van Arnam involves cutting through the regulatory red tape arising from moving merchandise (finished product, parts, components and raw materials), money, intellectual property or information across international borders and through supply chains. It could involve advising a client in ways to avoid regulatory problems prior to the transaction, handling an issue, such as a detention or civil violation, that could arise as a result of an ongoing or completed transaction, or addressing supply chain security or compliance issues. On many occasions he has advised clients on making voluntary disclosures of self-discovered errors to Customs, BIS, OFAC and other government agencies. He advocates on behalf of clients before these agencies, protesting actions taken by the government against his clients' interests.
A large portion of his practice is devoted to assisting companies implement or upgrade corporate compliance programs covering their import, export or supply chain security programs. In this capacity he performs self-assessments, as well as assisting companies that are undergoing formal compliance assessment reviews conducted by U.S. agencies such as CBP.
Mr. Van Arnam has litigated many cases before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Also, he is experienced in defending companies in False Claims Act actions where the underlying violation raised by a qui tam plaintiff involves Customs laws, anti-dumping or countervailing duties, or other international trade matters. 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 regulatory counsel for a leading U.S. trade association, he has considerable experience with issues involving the FDA's regulation of imported medical devices and the manner in which national and international manufacturing standards, such as those overseen by ANSI, ASTM or ISO, are created and regulated.
In addition to the practice areas highlighted above, Rick concentrates his practice to the following areas: supply chain compliance programs; 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; gray market/counterfeit imports; and anti-bribery compliance.
100 William Street
Phone: (212) 725-0200
Fax: (212) 889-4135
Colgate University (B.A., 1983)
New York Law School (J.D., 1987)
Honors: Cum Laude; Editor, Law Review
- Bar memberships:
New York (1989)
- Court memberships:
U.S. Court of International Trade (1987)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1987)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1992)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1992)
- Previous Experience:
Hon. Thomas J. Aquilino Jr., U.S. Court of International Trade, Law Clerk
- Bar Positions of Authority:
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, International Trade Committee 1998-2001
- Other Relevant Activities:
- Committee on Cargo Security, United States Association of Importers of Textile and Apparel ("USAITA"), 2002 to present.
Subcommittee on Cargo Security, Customs Committee, American Association of Exporters and Importers ("AAEI"), 2002 to present.
Committee on Chemicals, Petroleum & Bulk Materials, AAEI, 2002 to present.
Member, American National Standards Institute ("ANSI") Z80.3 National Sunglass Standards Committee, 2001 to present.
Global Business Association, Planning Committee 1996-1998
- June 2, 2017
- FDA Extends UDI Deadline for Class I Devices
- August 27, 2014
- BRC Partner Rick Van Arnam Plays Important Role in Knee Defender Reporting
- September 03, 2013
- Barnes/Richardson Partner Publishes Paper on the Interrelationship of the False Claims Act with International Trade and Customs Law.
- Sep. 3, 2013
- The False Claims Act and Customs Law
- February 13, 2012
- Partners to Present at Georgetown International Trade Update
- October 25, 2010
- EU Country of Origin Marking
- January 22, 2009
- Import Workshop Series: Avoiding Compliance Risks and Liabilities in the Global Supply Chain
- August 29, 2008
- Indictment Reinforces Importance Under the Export Laws of Preventing Unlawful Releases of Technical Data to Foreign Nationals
- May 30, 2008
- First Sale Appraisement in the EU: Alive and Well
- March 26, 2008
- A Practical Guide to REACH - The EU Chemical Classification System
- January 22, 2008
- Cosmetics, Drugs and Labels
- October 12, 2007
- Counteract Counterfeits
- October 2, 2007
- Brand Owners Can Prevent Increasingly Costly Offshore Counterfeit Activities
- July 13, 2007
- Strategies for Dealing with Counterfeiting
- Apr. 24, 2007
- A Practice Guide to REACH - The EU Chemical Classification System
- Apr. 20, 2007
- California's Proposition 65
- June 28, 2006
- Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: What you Need to Know and What to Expect
- September 29, 2004
- Training Employees To Handle Hazmat
- September 29, 2004
- U.S. Trade Remedies, The Byrd Amendment And Imported Merchandise From China
- October 2003
- Securing the Supply Chain
- August 2003
- Cargo Security -- The Legal Perspective
- May 2003
- Cargo Security and U.S. Customs
- January 1, 2003
- CONTRACT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS -- A PRIMER
- January 1, 2003
- Visas Available For Qualified International Traders and Investors