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Chaim Z. Appel is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT).  Chaim received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Accounting from Touro College in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and was subsequently CPA-Qualified.  Chaim went on to earn his J.D. from New York Law School in 2009 and an LL.M. in Financial Services Law in 2011.  

Prior to organizing the firm, Chaim practiced at the international trade firm of Simon Gluck & Kane LLP.  In his dozen years of experience there, Chaim was involved in all the core trade issues involving tariff classifications, valuation, country of origin determinations and marking, preferential tariff programs such as NAFTA; GSP; CBTPA; DR-CAFTA and IFTA, customs audits, Importer Self Assessment (ISA) audits, as well as CBP administrative work and other compliance issues. 

Chaim successfully advocated administratively for clients involving various governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC); the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA); and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Chaim’s successful work on a variety of matters in front of the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) generated millions of dollars of refunds for the firm’s clients.

Chaim is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), where he is Secretary of the Professional Discipline Committee and a member of the Securities & Exchange Committee.  Chaim’s well received article on the interaction between oil cartels and the World Trade Organization (WTO) was published in The International Review (Vol. 11, Issue 1).