Biography
Michael Roll
Mike is an accomplished international trade lawyer and represents clients in virtually all areas of import-export laws and regulations. He has over 20 years of experience in the private sector and is a former partner of a prominent national law firm. He is an accomplished, well-known authority on U.S. and foreign preferential trade programs, including NAFTA, GSP, CBI and IFTA. He also has extensive import transaction audit experience as well as experience in assisting companies develop comprehensive import compliance programs. Mike represents both small and large companies in diverse businesses that are subject to Customs audits. These industries include mass merchandising/retailing, telecommunication, electronics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, toys and textiles. He successfully counseled the first technology/telecommunication company to be accepted into Customs’ Importer Self-Assessment program by providing assistance with the company’s program application.

In addition to the above, Mike is well-versed in the C-TPAT program, and has assisted numerous clients become approved C-TPAT certified participants. With regard to trade compliance, Mike has substantial enforcement experience, representing clients in civil penalty proceedings, prior disclosures, disclosure verifications, Customs investigations, seizures, detentions and liquidated damage cases. In addition, he is fluent in Spanish and has presented trade compliance seminars in both English and Spanish. Mike has spoken on NAFTA rules of origin, as well as U.S. and Mexican customs procedures throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles on international trade issues.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where his studies focused on international business and Latin America. He obtained his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Notes & Comments Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal.

Mike is a member of the Illinois and California bars, and is admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.