ROBERT J. LEO is a partner in the New York office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury. The firm’s practice focuses on U.S. and international law and regulations affecting exports and imports. Bob has been in private practice since 1991.
Prior to joining the firm, Bob was Vice President and Counsel (1989 to 1991) for the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), a national trade association representing U.S. companies before Congress and the Executive Branch. Recently he served on AAEI’s Board of Governors and as a member of the AAEI Industry Leadership Council. He is also a Board member of the New York based trade association, NEXCO, and is active in various other associations, including the Home Fashion Products Association, which the firm serves as Counsel.
Bob is a cleared advisor to the U.S. government on customs and trade facilitation issues and has served in that capacity since 1991. He was re-appointed in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs and Trade Facilitation (ITAC 12). Bob is also a select member of the New York District Export Council, which helps promote U.S. exports.
He served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section from January 2005 through January 2006 and was Program Co-Chair for the Section’s Fall Meeting in Shanghai in 2006. He is currently Co-Chair of the Section’s International Trade Committee. Bob is also a long-standing member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. While in law school he was Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and served as an intern for then Chief Judge Edward D. Re of the U.S. Court of International Trade.
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