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Robert J. Leo

Robert J. Leo


ROBERT J. LEO ROBERT J. LEO is a partner in the New York office of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury LLP.  The firm’s practice focuses on U.S. and international law and regulations affecting exports and imports.  Prior to joining the firm, Bob was Vice President and Counsel for the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), a national trade association representing U.S. companies before Congress and the Executive Branch.  He has served on AAEI’s Board of Governors and as a member of the AAEI Industry Leadership Council.  He is also active in various other associations, including the Home Fashion Products Association, which the firm serves as Counsel.   He regularly speaks at industry conferences, seminars and webinars.

Bob is a cleared advisor to the U.S. government on customs and trade facilitation issues and has served in that capacity for over two decades.  He was re-appointed in 2022 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 13).  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 and was Program Co-Chair for the Section’s Seasonal Conference in Shanghai.  He is currently Co-Chair of the Section’s International Trade Committee and has spoken on trade issues at many legal conferences and seminars.  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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