Sara P. Schoenfeld    |




Sara P. Schoenfeld leads the firm’s new Customs & International Trade practice.  Prior to joining the firm, Sara spent over five years in the Ernst & Young LLP Global Trade practice advising US and foreign multinational corporations regarding international trade rules and regulations, strategic planning, compliance and risk management, and controversy.  Sara has experience in a variety of industries including consumer goods, e-commerce, textiles and apparel, pharmaceutical, industrial, technology and food and beverage.   

Sara assists clients to navigate through regulatory requirements of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP), as well as a host of other government agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Food & Drug Administration, and US Department of Agriculture.

Sara has extensive experience advising clients on country of origin determinations as well as customs valuation matters, including developing support for valuation methodologies and first sale for export.  Sara has worked on numerous internal audits, including under the Importer Self-Assessment program, and has assisted clients with various filings with CBP, including protests and prior disclosures.

Sara has counseled clients on a broad range of import and export requirements, including preferential trade agreements, such as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US, data management and internal controls, other government agency requirements and restricted party screening.

Sara has co-authored numerous articles for Ernst & Young LLP’s TradeWatch quarterly newsletter, which reaches thousands of international trade practitioners, including Customs valuation impact of the OECD/G20 BEPS project (Winter 2020); WTO rules in favor of Russia in Russia-Ukraine transit dispute: potential impact on Section 232 disputes (Summer 2019); and Overview of recent United States Trade Representative (USTR) Section 301 Report (Summer 2019).

Sara is the President and CEO of The Trade Impact Foundation, an organization seeking to promote impactful trade, international trade with a positive human rights footprint, and authored the Foundation's inaugural white paper, The Corporate Impact.  Sara is also on the Board of the Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) NYC Chapter, is an experienced speaker on international trade subjects and has spoken at events sponsored by Thompson Reuters, Ernst & Young LLP, and OWIT. 

Sara received her B.S. in accounting, summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University, her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to the New York State bar.