Michael G. Hodes
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Michael began his legal career as an Assistant Regional Counsel of Customs in the Office of the Regional counsel of Customs in 1977. Since 1980, he has advised private clients on various customs and international trade regulatory issues including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determination, country of origin marking, admissibility of merchandise, penalty and liquidated damages enforcement, seizures and forfeitures. He also represents clients in administrative proceedings including prior disclosures of violations, requests for binding rulings, and antidumping scope determinations. Finally, he also advises clients in the area of export regulation, including issues relating to licensing, technology transfers, "deemed export" foreign corrupt practices and embargoes.
Michael is admitted to the Illinois bar (1976), the U.S. Court of International Trade (1980), the U.S. Court of Appeals For the Federal Circuit (1982), the District Court for Northern District of Illinois (1976) and the United States Supreme Court (1996).
Bar Association, Professional and Community Organizations
Michael is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and is a charter member of the CBA's Customs and International Trade Law Committee, having served as both its vice-chairman (1982) and chairman (1983). Michael has served on the Board of Directors of the American Youth Soccer Organization Region 891since 1996.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1973) and the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (1976).