Sarah Nappi is a member and former Co-Chair of the Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. A former partner with over 23 years of experience, she primarily handles US customs law and import regulation.
Ms. Nappi works with clients in a variety of industries to provide legal guidance, regulatory advice, and representation before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on a range of administrative legal matters. Her practice includes:
- Advising clients on tariff classification, customs valuation, origin determination, free trade agreements, country of origin marking, and duty reduction strategies
- Representing clients in customs audits, origin verification proceedings, administrative protests, ruling requests, and customs enforcement matters, including penalty cases, detentions, and seizures
- Conducting internal investigations of customs violations and assisting clients with government disclosures to mitigate penalty exposure
- Performing internal controls assessments and compliance audits of US commercial import activity and developing strategies to mitigate risk
- Advising on customs compliance and liability considerations in corporate due diligence activities
Ms. Nappi holds a customs broker’s license from CBP and is a former Co-Chair of both the Customs Section of Women in International Trade and the Women’s Bar Association’s International Forum. Her publications on customs and international trade matters have included:
- “US Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures” (contributing author), American Bar Association, International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series, Second Edition (2016)
- “FTA Duty Refund Claims: Requirements, Limitations, and Practice Tips” (co-author), Thomson Reuters World Trade Executive: Practical Trade & Customs Strategies (October 15, 2013)
- “US Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures” (contributing author), American Bar Association, International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series (2009)
- “Recent Legal Developments Highlight NAFTA Compliance,” BNA International Trade Reporter (March 2, 2006)
Ms. Nappi has also been recognized for her extensive pro bono work on behalf of disabled US military veterans in partnership with the “Lawyers Serving Warriors” project of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. She is a multi-year recipient of High Honors on the D.C. Courts’ Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.