G. KOHLER, ESQ., is Of Counsel to this firm. Mr. Kohler is a graduate
of the State University of New York at Albany and the Benjamin N.
Cardozo School of Law and is admitted to the bar in New York and
New Jersey. He is admitted to practice before the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District
of New York, and the District of New Jersey.
Kohler is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau
County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Kohler began his legal career researching asylum law issues for
the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. He was awarded a Ford Foundation
Fellowship in Public International Law and spent time at the Ministry
of Justice in Israel researching and recommending mechanisms of
dispute resolution in international law.
Kohler was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney
General Honors Program as a law clerk for the Executive Office for
Immigration Review at the U.S. Immigration Court in New York. In
this position, Mr. Kohler interpreted new laws and regulations and
drafted decisions for numerous types of immigration law applications
Kohler spent 7 years as an Assistant District Counsel for the Immigration
and Naturalization Service representing the government in administrative
exclusion, deportation and removal proceedings. Mr. Kohler was responsible
for all aspects of these hearings from case preparation to trial
to appeal and also served as an integral member of the office's
the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Mr.
Kohler was selected to spearhead the creation of a new legal division
within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement focusing almost
exclusively on customs and other law enforcement matters. Mr. Kohler
quickly became an expert in issues such as customs border search
and seizure authority, specifically as it relates to the seizure
and forfeiture of currency, monetary instruments, cultural property
and intellectual property rights - violative merchandise.
Kohler advised on customs enforcement investigations relating to
the misclassification of goods, undervaluation, transshipment/country
of origin disputes, prior disclosure, NAFTA fraud, and more - and
the fines, penalties and forfeitures related to such issues. The
firm is equipped to assist you and your company if facing such an
investigation and to ensure compliance with all laws relating to
the import and export of merchandise from the United States.
Kohler is an accomplished speaker and frequently presented at continuing
legal education classes, training conferences, at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center and lectured on issues relating to the
seizure of cultural property and antiquities at the University of
Pennsylvania's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.
Kohler can be reached at Kohler@ustradelawyers.com
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