Evelyn Suarez

Evelyn Suarez 2019

Evelyn Suarez provides legal and consulting services to companies engaged in international trade, particularly related to customs, anti-corruption and trade policy. She assists clients with a wide array of issues from those arising at the border with Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to the interpretation of changes in U.S. trade policy, such as those reflected in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). She has worked with clients in regard to the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs and Section 301 tariffs on imports from China and to obtain product exclusions. Over the years, she has assisted clients with import and export compliance and enforcement in various industries and has worked with all segments of the international trade community, including importers, exporters, customs brokers, transportation and logistics companies.

Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies and in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters.  Ms. Suarez also has extensive experience handling high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and various Congressional investigations into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme.

Ms. Suarez spent her early professional career at the U.S. International Trade Commission and at the predecessor agency to U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Today, Ms. Suarez is a frequent speaker on current trade policy initiatives, most especially USMCA and the Section 301 and 232 tariffs and product exclusion process. She has written extensively on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. She is a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) (2016-2017 term) and serves on the Advisory Council to George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research, and on the Advisory Board to Georgetown University Law Center International Trade Update.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Suarez is a member of the DC Bar. She is proud to have received the Martindale-Hubbell Judicial AV Preeminent rating and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade and Finance Law every year from 2007 through 2020, as a “Super Lawyer” in International Trade law in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, and as Best Lawyer- Women in the Law 2020.


Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Evelyn Suarez Moderates Ports Panel at AAEI Event

    On June 20, 2023, Evelyn Suarez served as moderator for the panel, “Now that the Dust has Settled, What Can We Expect From Our Maritime Ports?” at the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) 2023 Annual Conference. More about the panel: Breakout 5: Now that the Dust has Settled, What Can We Expect From Our Maritime Ports? Moderator: Evelyn Suarez, American Port Association Speakers: Joe Kramek, World Shipping Council;  Cary Davis, American Association of Port Authorities;  Cathie Vick, Port of Virginia Trade and the growing trend toward globalization has made the world’s largest ports critical infrastructure. Discover how those ports are leveraging technology and public-private partnerships to support the growing demands of exporters and importers.

  • Evelyn Suarez and Dentons Beijing Present on the UFLPA

    Evelyn Suarez joined with Li Li, Partner at Dentons Beijing to present: How Chinese Exporters Respond to the U.S. Investigation on Forced Labor, Taking UFLPA as an Example. The presentation took place on April 17, 2023.

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    Designing the Model Port – Upcoming Conference Discussion

    Evelyn is honored to moderate an upcoming discussion on “Designing the Model Port – From Stagnation to Innovation” at AAEI’s Annual Conference June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale. She will be joined by three experts on port design – Sofia Berger (WSP), Anja Elverding (Port of Rotterdam), and Mark Higgins (Virginia International Terminals.) She is thrilled that AAEI chose to approach the challenges presented by recent global supply chain issues in such a constructive manner to inform on how successful ports are constantly innovating for improvement and what to expect in the future. You can join either in person or virtually.