Education
  • J.D.
    The University of Michigan Law School
    magna cum laude
    2003
  • B.A.
    Cornell University
    1998

Daniel Wendt’s practice is focused on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and United States customs laws.

Regarding FCPA compliance and enforcement, Mr. Wendt assists corporations with pre-acquisition due diligence reviews, internal investigations, and compliance program design and implementation, including third party due diligence reviews. Mr. Wendt has participated in several FCPA due diligence projects of mergers and acquisitions for companies worth several billion dollars, and has managed internal investigations large and small, making multiple trips to Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Mr. Wendt has assisted companies in the disclosure of violations before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and he has assisted companies looking to add or improve anti-corruption compliance policies and programs.

Regarding customs compliance and enforcement, Mr. Wendt advises importers on routine customs compliance issues as well as issues relating to customs penalties, prior disclosures, litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade and participation in anti-dumping (ADD), and countervailing duty (CVD) procedures before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Wendt has assisted importers with self-assessments under the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program as well as importers facing audits by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Mr. Wendt focuses particularly on the enforcement of ADD and CVD orders, section 592 penalties and enforcement of the Lacey Act.

Mr. Wendt has performed anti-corruption and trade training programs both in the United States and overseas and has argued several cases before the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Participated in multiple large FCPA due diligence reviews as part of company mergers and acquisitions.
  • Challenged Customs’ assessment of penalties for allegedly counterfeit merchandise under 19 U.S.C. Section 1526.
  • Challenged Customs’ reclassification of brass fixtures, resulting in duty savings.
  • Represented Russian exporter before the U.S. Department of Commerce, successfully defending against claims to adjust the producer’s natural gas costs and impose unjustifiably high antidumping duties.
  • Represented nail manufacturer from Dubai to successfully defend allegations of targeted dumping, thereby terminating the applicable antidumping duty proceedings.
  • Represented related U.S. and Brazilian manufacturers to successfully challenge an allegation that their imports had caused material injury to the U.S. domestic industry.
  • Argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Viraj Group v. United States; Carpenter Tech. Corp. v. United States; and Fairmont Designs v. United States.
  • Counseled Canadian exporter of wood products with respect to its obligations under the Softwood Lumber Agreement and the Lacey Act Amendment.
  • Advised foreign-owned wind energy company with respect to state laws restricting foreign rights in agricultural land.
  • Represented grape farmer from Michigan in challenging the wrongful denial of trade adjustment assistance payments (pro bono).
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Business
  • Co-Chair, Generous Associates Campaign, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade

09.18.2018

In this article, Daniel Patrick Wendt discusses the settlement between Societe Generale SA (SocGen) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over Libya-related FCPA and LIBOR-related allegations.