- J.D.University of Kansas Law School2010
- B.B.A.Pittsburg State University2001
Dana Watts focuses her practice on customs law. She assists clients with all aspects of import compliance, including prior disclosures, ruling requests, forced labor issues, import manuals and policies, Trusted Trader programs, merger and acquisition-related due diligence, and World Trade Organization issues. She regularly advises clients on classification, country of origin, marking, free trade agreements and other special duty provisions, value determinations, first sale analyses, right to make entry, temporary importations under bond, Chapter 98, foreign trade zones, and Sections 301/232/201 issues. She has represented clients in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and has litigated multiple "reverse" False Claims Act actions involving customs. Ms. Watts also has experience with a wide variety of international trade issues, including sanctions, export controls, national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and Section 337 litigation. Ms. Watts is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.
- Helped facilitate an eight-figure "reverse" False Claims Act settlement for a multinational industrial engineering company involving allegations of customs duty evasion.
- Advised a large U.S. consumer of an African agricultural commodity on import issues related to forced labor allegations and potential supply chain disruption.
- Assisted a pharmaceutical company with a complex prior disclosure to U.S. Customs and Border Protection involving customs value, country of origin, marking, and free trade agreement eligibility. Many value issues were specific to the pharmaceutical industry, such as the dutiability of payments related to co-promotion agreements and intellectual property royalty payments.
- Drafted customs compliance documents for a large foreign multinational company in advance of its initial public offering. Documents included the Code of Conduct, model representations and warranties for contracts, global policies, and entity-specific procedures.
- Advised a food product manufacturer on country of origin and marking requirements for a large number of products under both a free trade agreement and normal substantial transformation and marking rules.
- Drafted and filed classification ruling requests for clients in the automotive and electronics industries.
- Intern, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 2009
- Member, Women in International Trade
- Member, Customs and International Trade Bar Association
- Board Member, Jana's Campaign
District of Columbia
Dana Watts, Counsel at Miller & Chevalier, commented on how the U.S.
Dana Watts, Counsel with Miller & Chevalier, explains the "first sale" rule for reducing U.S.
Dana Watts will participate in a panel discussion at the joint meeting of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law International Procurement and Procurement Fraud Committees on March 17, 2021.
Richard Mojica and Dana Watts, Member and Counsel at Miller & Chevalier, respectively, weigh in on the 2020 election outcome, how international and domestic trade lanes shifts can be anticipate
Dana Watts and Welles Orr* discussed President Donald Trump's and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's differing positions on key aspects of U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shipment detentions and exclusions have spiked in recent months.
In April, an importer filed a first-of-its-kind legal challenge to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) enforcement of U.S.
A recent ruling issued by U.S.
In response to Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) implemented in 2020 and 2021 by Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, and Turkey, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR
Yesterday, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued a decision in Meyer Corporation, U.S. v. United States, Court No.