Dean A. Barclay | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Dean A. Barclay

Counsel, Washington, DC

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A counsel in the Firm's Washington office, Dean Barclay focuses his practice primarily on customs matters. Such matters involve US customs administration, enforcement, compliance, civil litigation, legislation and policy.

Dean has experience with nearly all substantive import regulatory issues that US Customs and Border Protection decides. Clients therefore seek his advice regarding a range of activities, including classifying imported goods, determining value, applying rules of origin, complying with marking requirements, pursuing the benefits of trade preference programs or Free Trade Agreements, understanding Foreign Trade Zones and other temporary import structures, obtaining advance letter rulings, undergoing compliance audits, filing prior disclosures, striving to mitigate proposed customs penalties, and carrying out or submitting to customs-related investigations, including those initiated pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA).

Dean's work also extends to international trade areas such as trade relief, export compliance, trade policy, other regulatory matters, and civil litigation. Dean has helped clients from many industries (electronics, household goods, chemicals, steel, transportation, apparel, food, etc.).

Dean has composed briefs filed with the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Court of International Trade, and many federal agencies, as well as personally argued appellate issues before a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining White & Case, Dean worked in another prominent Washington law firm, and prior to that was a tenured Associate Professor of English at Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Dean is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

Bars and Courts

  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Supreme Court


  • JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • MA, PhD, English, Harvard University
  • BA, English, Haverford College


  • English



  • The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Implementation Is No Easy Task, Global Trade & Customs Journal, June 2009, (co-author)
  • TAP Dance: Misconceptions about the Trade Agreement Parity Initiative, International Law, 2009
  • International Trade [International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2004], International Law, 2005, (co-author)
  • Remedy against Remedies: The Byrd Amendment and the WTO, Customs & International Trade Bar Association Newsletter, 2005, (co-author)