Managing Partner: V James Adduci, II
Number of partners: 12
Number of other lawyers: 11
For over 35 years, Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP has provided expert counsel to meet clients’ unique legal needs in the fields of international trade, customs, intellectual property and federal court litigation and appeals. The firm specializes in pursuing clients’ legal actions effectively and efficiently before federal regulatory agencies and tribunals, including the US International Trade Commission (‘ITC’), US Department of Commerce (‘DOC’), Federal Courts, and US Customs and Border Protection (‘Customs’). Many of the firm’s attorneys have worked as legal counsel or advisors to one or more of these government agencies, facilitating the maintenance of good working relations with these offices. Extensive experience in litigating import-related intellectual property, anti-dumping, countervailing duty and customs cases enables the firm to handle its clients’ international trade concerns rapidly and accurately. The fourth edition is forthcoming.
Main Areas of Practice:
Section 337 Investigations:
The firm’s most recognized expertise is in litigating Section 337 cases. In fact, it has been involved in nearly one-third of the 1000+ Section 337 investigations that have been filed before the ITC. The firm’s attorneys have both served as legal counsel to the ITC and helped revise its statutes, rules and procedures, adding to their familiarity with the process. The firm has represented complainants as well as respondents, thus providing its clients the benefit of highly effective legal strategies and guidance regardless of their role in a particular case. In addition, the firm has been involved with a wide range of products, including semiconductors, computer peripheral equipment, footwear, mobile telephone handsets, cartridges, animal feed products, industrial machinery, pharmaceutical compositions, ceramic capacitors, printing devices, machine vision software and automotive parts. In Spring 2016, the American Bar Association published the third edition of the firm’s book entitled, ‘A Lawyer’s Guide to Section 337 Investigations Before the US International Trade Commission’.
Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Duty Investigations:
The firm has been active in anti-dumping cases since the early 1980s. It has represented domestic and foreign clients in various anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations before the DOC, the ITC and in appeals before the US Court of International Trade in cases involving such varied products as outboard motors, anti-friction bearings, flat panel displays, agricultural products and aramid fiber. Certain attorneys are NAFTA binational panelists and have been involved in reviews of high profile anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases.
Effectively guiding importers through the maze of Customs regulations is an integral part of the firm’s International Trade Practice. The firm’s Washington, DC location allows attorneys to act quickly and effectively at the headquarters level to resolve the varied difficulties clients may face. The attorneys at the firm have significant experience in successfully representing clients in customs matters before the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Related International Trade Investigations:
US and foreign companies seek the firm’s broad expertise in investigations designed to control access by foreign competitors to the US market. On the other hand, the firm has also successfully obtained export licenses for its clients for goods, such as computer hardware and software, telecommunications equipment and various electronic products and components.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
The firm has extensive experience in Federal Court litigation, appellate practice and arbitration. Its cases have involved disputes regarding patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. In addition to litigating intellectual property and unfair competition cases, the firm also represents clients in general commercial and business regulation disputes.
The firm represents both domestic and international clients, including companies in the industrial, semiconductor, computer, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. The firm has also represented foreign governments in countervailing duty cases and advises those clients regarding anti-dumping and Section 337 law and practices. Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP is committed to providing excellence by listening to clients, offering realistic legal evaluations, developing strategies and implementing those strategies cost effectively. The firm’s practice continues to grow through referrals from existing clients.