Jennifer Diaz

Of Counsel

JDIAZ@beckerlawyers.com

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Jennifer Diaz is a Board Certified International Attorney, professor and professional speaker, considered an expert in international law by the Florida Bar. She previously served as the partner in charge of the Customs and International Trade Department, and now serves in an Of Counsel role. Jennifer is part of an elite group of Board Certified International attorneys in Florida specializing in Customs and International trade law. She is results-oriented and regularly assists clients with issues relating to the import and export of merchandise to and from the United States and expediting supply chains with robust pre-compliance programs.

Ms. Diaz is an expert in working with the many Federal agencies that regulate trade, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). She handles issues relating to “pre-compliance” including ensuring compliance with federal government agencies prior to importation or exportation. This includes proper assessment of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), compliant country of origin labeling, valuation and free trade agreement usage. She routinely requests Binding Rulings from CBP to assist her clients with all necessary pre-compliance needs to ensure the use and documentation of “reasonable care.”

EXPERIENCE

  • Assisted in applying and getting approval for one of the first alternative site framework applications (and many thereafter) for Port Miami’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 281.
  • Assisted importer in a “pre-compliance” program reviewing intellectual property rights prior to importation and reporting the same to CBP proactively and thereby decreasing intensive examinations and detentions of merchandise by CBP.
  • Assisted importer in filing numerous successful Protests with CBP after receiving Requests for Information (CBP 28) and Notices of Action (CBP 29) from CBP for free trade agreement verification, resulting in continued duty free treatment of merchandise.
  • Assisted importer in obtaining the expedited release of time sensitive cargo detained by FDA. Regularly assist importers in successfully obtaining merchandise seized by U.S. CBP.
  • Assisted importer in filing voluntary disclosures to CBP for underlying violations of CBP regulations resulting in no additional penalties being assessed for violations.
  • Obtained importer permits and COLA approvals for alcohol and tobacco importers with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
  • Successfully mitigated penalties from CBP for an underlying intellectual property rights violation. Examples include mitigating a $4,147,823.00 penalty down to $4,000.00, and a $395,225.00 penalty down to $37,320.00.

RECOGNITION

  • 2017, Legal Luminary Finalist, “International” Category, Dade County Bar Association
  • 2017, Super Lawyers List
  • 2012-2017, AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012-2016, Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List
  • 2015, “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida” award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • 2015, Winner of 2015 AXA Advisors Global Businesswomen of the Year Award
  • 2015, “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers,” Business & Commercial, Legal Leaders
  • 2014, “Outstanding Committee Outreach Award,” Young Interest Network (YIN) Co-Chair, American Bar Association
  • 2014, Woman of Outstanding Leadership, International Women’s Leadership Association (TheIWLA)
  • 2014, International Women’s Day Honoree, World Trade Center
  • 2013, Rising Star, Daily Business Review
  • 2013, Top Rated Lawyer in International Law & International Trade, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™
  • 2012-2014, Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List
  • 2012-2013, AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012, “Outstanding 2012 Fall Meeting Program Award,” American Bar Association
  • 2012, Selected to Participate in Becker & Poliakoff’s Leadership Program
  • 2012, Becker & Poliakoff, “Community Service” Award
  • 2012, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, “Model Star” Award
  • 2011, OWIT Member of the Year
  • 2011, OWIT-South Florida Chapter of the Year
  • 2011, Latinbiz Women of Virtue Award

PROFESSIONAL / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Organization of Women in International Trade – International, VP Strategy, 2014-2015
  • Organization of Women in International Trade – South Florida, Immediate Past President/Chairman of the Board and OWIT International Representative 2012-2014, President 2010-2011, Treasurer 2007-2009, Board of Directors 2006-2009
  • Florida Legal Network, Education Chair, 2016-2017
  • GTLA, Beacon Council, Advisory Board Member, 2017
  • Appointed to American Bar Association, International Section, Young Lawyers Network, Senior Advisor 2017-2018, Past Chair, 2014-2015, Co Chair, 2012-2014, Vice-Chair, 2010-2012
  • Nova Southeastern University, Miami Alumni Chapter, Vice-Chair, 2017.
  • Appointed to The Florida Bar’s International Law Certification Committee, 2013-2016
  • Elected to Miami Council for International Visitors’ Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Appointed to American Bar Association, International Section, Technology Deputy Officer, 2014-2015.
  • Appointed to American Bar Association, International Section, International Trade Committee, Vice Chair, 2012-2015, Steering Group, 2010-2012
  • Appointed to American Bar Association, Liaison, Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), 2013-2015
  • Appointed to American Bar Association, International Section, Customs Committee, Vice Chair, 2014-2015, Steering Group, 2010-2012
  • Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Government Affairs Committee 2012-2014, Customs Committee 2010-2014, Education Committee 2009-2014, Membership Committee, 2006-2008
  • Elected to Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Board of Directors as Marketing and Networking Co-Chair, 2012-2013
  • Appointed by Mayor Matti Bower to the City of Miami Beach’s Sister Cities, 2012-2013
  • Florida Bar, International Law Section, Meetings Co-Chair, 2011-2012
  • Cuban Hebrew Congregation, Vice President 2012-2014, Board of Directors
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami Graduate, 2010
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Leadership Development Institute (LDI) Graduate