Evelyn Suarez founded The Suarez Firm in 2014 to assist clients interested in opportunities in emerging markets by addressing the risks associated with regulatory import and export compliance, intellectual property protection and in the supply chain. She has developed a special focus on Africa, customs and anti-corruption (e.g., Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act). One major area of focus for her firm is implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. As a result of her years of experience in private sector and Government service at U.S. Customs and other international trade agencies, she can assist companies, countries and development banks in regard to Trade Facilitation implementation and best practices.
Ms. Suarez is an experienced international trade lawyer with a special focus on import and export compliance and regulation, as well as on anti-corruption and trade policy issues. Her practice includes administrative, regulatory, legislative and litigation matters for global companies that are involved in importing, exporting, transportation, logistics and customs brokerage. Ms. Suarez also has extensive experience handling high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and various Congressional investigations into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme.
Ms. Suarez is a frequent lecturer on a myriad of topics affecting companies involved in international trade. She serves on the Virginia Maritime Association and is President of Women in International Trade (WIIT). She also is serves on the Advisory Council to Old Dominion University’s Maritime, Port and Logistics Management Institute.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Ms. Suarez earned her juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review. A member of the District of Columbia Bar, she is also admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade. She was also named a “Super Lawyer” in International Trade law by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine most recently in 2015.