Richard H. Abbey
Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
rabbey@milchev.com
202-626-5901
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Richard H. Abbey

Richard Abbey has long been one of the leading customs lawyers in the country.  His practice involves the many U.S. laws that regulate the import and export of goods, most of which are administered and enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Mr. Abbey’s qualifications are unique.  Before entering the private practice of law 24 years ago, he had a 19 year legal career with Customs, the last six as Chief Counsel of the agency, during which time he was responsible for advising Customs management and the General Counsel of the Treasury Department on diverse legal issues and litigation involving technical classification, valuation, and country of origin; customs criminal and civil fraud cases; drug interdiction and money laundering; and internal administrative matters. More >

Government Experience
  • Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service, 1979 - 1985
  • Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service, 1977 - 1978
  • Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service, 1972 - 1976
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Who's Who Legal:  Trade and Customs
  • The Guide to World's Best International Trade Lawyers
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Co-Chair, Import Programs and Informed Compliance Committee, Joint Industry Group
  • Former Chair, Program Committee, Court of International Trade Judicial Conference
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Clerkships
Foreign Languages
Education
  • LL.B., New York University, 1963
  • B.A., Hobart College, cum laude, 1959