Barnes, Richardson & Colburn LLP

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Lawrence M. Friedman

International Trade and Customs Law, Customs, Export Controls, Trade Agreements, Customs Litigation

Larry’s practice concentrates on the representation of the importers facing numerous issues of compliance with U.S. Customs law. These issues include the classification and valuation of merchandise, country of origin marking, investigations, audits, and penalty proceedings. In addition, Larry, who holds an LL.M. degree in intellectual property law, has assisted U.S. trademark and copyright holders in protecting their intellectual property from infringement by imports. He has also assisted importers resisting attempts to bar the importation of merchandise for alleged copyright and trademark infringement.

Litigation is an important part of his practice. Prior to joining Barnes, Richardson & Colburn LLP in 1991, Larry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dominick L. DiCarlo of the United States Court of International Trade. He brings this experience into court on behalf of importers challenging decisions of the United State’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. A notable victory occurred in 1993 when Larry and Barnes, Richardson & Colburn partner Robert Burke successfully litigated the proposition that contract penalty fees are non-dutiable and that certain indirect payments for merchandise may be allocated for duty calculation purposes. More recently, Larry has handled cases involving the dutiability of American-made components used in foreign assembly operations and the constitutionality of the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

An area of particular expertise for Larry is the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has assisted clients in the creation and maintenance of NAFTA-compliance systems and has assisted clients dealing with NAFTA verifications by U.S. and foreign authorities. He has developed and teaches masters-level classes on U.S. free-trade agreements, trade remedies, and practice before the Court of International Trade for the Center for International Business and Trade Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Mr. Friedman is Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.  He has also been active in the American Bar Association. He is a past Co-Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice. He serves of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. Court of International Trade. He maintains a customs law related blog at and is the co-author of the book “Customs Law” published by Carolina Academic Press.

He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago with a J.D. in 1989 and an LL.M. in 2001. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of the Center for International Law at John Marshall. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1989 and admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit in 1990. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers 2012
  • Secretary and Board of Directors, Customs & International Trade Bar Association (2010-Present)
  • Co-Chair, Customs Law Committee, American Bar Association, Section of International Law (2002-2004)
  • Co-Author, Customs Law (2011, Carolina Academic Press)
  • Author, Customs Law Blog (
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School Center for International Business and Trade Law (2002-Present)
  • Assigned Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV rating
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo, U.S. Court of International Trade (1989-1991)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A.
  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., with distinction (1989)
  • LL.M. Intellectual Property Law (2001)
  • Staff, John Marshall Law Review; Editor-in-Chief, Software Law Journal