Michael T. Cone
T: (212) 655-5471
New York Office & Washington D.C. Office Managing Partner
Large Firm Experience:
- Baker & McKenzie
- Coudert Brothers
- Moquet, Borde, Dieux, Geens & Associés
- Kellogg Company
- U.S. Court of International Trade; Law Clerk to the Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; Intern to the Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor
Executive, Board of Directors, and Advisory Committee Positions:
- U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee on Rules, 2008-present.
- The Gohan Society, General Counsel and Board Director, 2005-present.
- Wayne State University Law School, Program for International Legal Studies Advisory Committee, 2010-present.
- New York
- Washington College of Law – American University, LL.M. (International Business Law), 1995
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1994
- University of San Diego Institute on International and Comparative Law, 1992
- University of Michigan, B.A. (Honors Program), 1991
Mr. Cone concentrates his practice in the areas of administrative, customs, and international trade law. He counsels clients on a wide array of regulatory compliance issues, with administrative expertise that includes matters falling under the jurisdiction of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the panoply of other administrative bodies that regulate the importation, marketing and sale of merchandise. He represents clients in all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, including the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Cone helps businesses comply with domestic laws and regulations applicable to their imported merchandise, save and recover customs duties, respond to agency inquiries, and address enforcement actions initiated by the government. He represents businesses in customs audits and defends them against penalty actions brought by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice. He also helps exporters comply with export control regulations.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Cone served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave of the U.S. Court of International Trade. In 2008, he was selected by the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade to sit on its Advisory Committee for a five-year term. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Wayne State Law School Program for International Legal Studies, and serves as a General Counsel and Director of The Gohan Society, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes awareness of Japanese culinary arts.
Mr. Cone is a frequent speaker at professional and trade events, and has been quoted in the New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money, Women’s Wear Daily, BNA’s International Trade Daily, Inside US Trade, and other publications. In 2007, the New York Times featured his lawsuit challenging gender-based customs duties on its front page.
Mr. Cone’s broad experience and diverse professional background allow him to provide unique insight into the customs and trade challenges facing transnational businesses, and the know how to deliver results on a cost effective basis.
Professional Publications and Media Coverage:
- Featured in CBS News’ investigative report entitled “CBS News Goes Undercover to Reveal Gender Price Discrimination,” January 2016.
- Consultant for New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs’ publication “From Cradle to Cane, The Cost of Being a Female Consumer [PDF],” a study investigating how retail prices for goods marketed to females are higher than goods marketed to males, December 2015. [Press Release]
- National Public Radio’s Planet Money, “Not All Santa Costumes Are Created Equal: A Tariff Dispute Over Red Suits”, December 2015
- Interviewed on WINK-TV (Fort Myers/Naples) regarding the Pink Tax, November 2015 [Part One] [Part Two]
- U.S. contributor for Financier Worldwide – 2015 Trade and Customs Annual Review [PDF], October 2015
- Featured as part of an expert panel on Managing Sanctions Compliance Challenges for Risk and Compliance Magazine. July / August 2015
- Interviewed for April 2015 Mic.com article and video entitled The Secret Tax Screwing Women Out of Thousands of Dollars Over a Lifetime, which generated over 2.5 million views
- Featured in Echanges Internationaux Magazine – January 2015 [PDF]
- Financier Worldwide’s Corporate Dispute Magazine: “Expert Roundtable on Trade & Customs Litigation [PDF],” January 2015
- Interviewed for a Yahoo Finance piece on gender-based pricing, January 2015.
- Featured in an Associated Press article, Are women overcharged? France probes price of pink, November 2014.
- Interviewed on HuffPost Life, Why It’s More Expensive To Be A Woman addressing gender-based import taxes., November 2014
- Law360 Expert Analysis, “Trek Leather Opens Pandora’s Box On US Customs Penalties” [PDF], October 2014
- U.S. contributor for Financier Worldwide Trade and Customs 2014 Annual Review [PDF], September 2014
- National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, “The Giant Book That Creates And Destroys Entire Industries”, December 2013.
- National Public Radio’s Planet Money, “A Shirt, A Meat Grinder And The Book Of Everything”, December 2013
- National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, “Sawing Apart Gym Shoes at the Port of Long Beach,” January 2011
- National Public Radio’s Planet Money, “The Friday Podcast: A Meat Grinder For Fabric,” January 2011
- Inside U.S. Trade, “U.S. To Refund Some Duties In Beef Retaliation Case, Scope Still Unclear,” January 2011
- CBS-affiliate WWMT, television interview about the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act, January 2011
- FACC-Chicago’s Les Dossiers de la Chambre, “The Equal Protection Challenge to Gender-Based Import Taxes on Footwear and Apparel”, May 2011
- BNA Daily Report for Executives, “2010 Outlook: International Trade,” January 2010.
- New York Times, “In Men’s and Women’s Apparel, All Tariffs Aren’t Created Equal,” April 28, 2007, at A1.
- Additional coverage in the Journal of Commerce, Women’s Wear Daily, Shipping Digest, BNA International Trade Reporter, Marie Claire, and other publications.
Selected Speaking Engagements:
- Heritage Foundation Guest Speaker, Trade Roundtable Luncheon, “Why Women (and Sometimes Men) Pay More: Tariffs and Clothing Prices”, December 2013
- Van Andel Global Trade Center, “Basics of NAFTA”, October 2013
- French-American Chambers of Commerce – New York, NY & Chicago, IL; “Importing into the US: Evolving Regulatory Compliance & Supply Chain Issues that Affect Your Risk Profile & Bottom Line,” November 2011 (Chicago); and“Importing Merchandise into the US: Issues, Best Practices, & the Changing Environment,” February 2011 (New York)
- Georgetown Law CLE International Trade Update – Washington, D.C.; “Year in Review: Customs,” February 2012; “Customs Litigation,” February 2011; and “Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Customs Case,” February 2010
- Van Andel Global Trade Center – Grand Rapids, MI; “Fundamentals of Exporting and Importing Textiles and Apparel,” November 2012; “Agricultural Imports and the Food Safety Modernization Act,” January 2011; and “NAFTA: Focus on Canada,” November 2007
- Anchin Block & Anchin – New York, NY; “Food for Thought: Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” October 2011
- Convention Mondissimo du Commerce International – Paris, France; “Règlementation Douanière et Transport: La Nouvelle Donne Aux USA,” March 2011
- ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting – Washington D.C.; “What’s Happening at the CIT,” April 2009
- International Boston Seafood Show – Boston, MA; “Shrimp Forum: Ins & Outs of Trading and America’s Favorite Seafood,” March 2007; “Importation of Seafood,” March 2006
- Judicial Conferences of the U.S. Court of International Trade – New York, NY; “Making the CIT Accessible to Small Businesses,” November 2004; and “Scientific Expert Testimony at the CIT,” November 2002