Laurance W. Frierson

Associate / Washington

Laurance Frierson is an associate in Cassidy Levy Kent’s Washington, D.C. office, where he primarily assists clients on matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pertaining to customs compliance, risk management, and duty savings. Mr. Frierson also works with clients and U.S. agencies to identify and eliminate circumvention of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

A member of the Virginia bar, Mr. Frierson currently operates under the supervision of members of the District of Columbia bar. His practice is limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies.

Government Service

Mr. Frierson previously served as an attorney with CBP’s Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings Directorate, where he advised the federal government and industry associations on a variety of customs matters involving advance rulings, litigation proceedings, federal legislation, and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. Mr. Frierson has authored numerous CBP administrative decisions concerning tariff classification, origin, and eligibility for preferential treatment under U.S. trade agreements and programs, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), and Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs). Additionally, Mr. Frierson served for several years as a delegate to the World Customs Organization (WCO), Harmonized System (HS) Review Sub-Committee, where he worked to build international consensus on amendments to the WCO tariff classification HS Nomenclature.

Immediately prior to joining Cassidy Levy Kent, Mr. Frierson worked as an attorney with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel, where he provided customs and trade law technical assistance to the governments of Afghanistan, Egypt, and Sri Lanka. He has conducted numerous customs training workshops for foreign governments to improve their domestic legal environments for international trade and investment, and he has advised and assisted foreign Customs Administrations in implementing legal reforms to meet their commitments under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA).

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • B.A., International Relations, College of William and Mary

Bar Memberships

  • Virginia