The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) announced David Jackson as Senior Director of Customs and
As an international trade
attorney with broad experience representing companies on import, export, and
foreign trade zone matters, Jackson will support RILA members on Customs issues
as well as broader regulatory compliance.
Jackson will report to
Deborah White, RILA executive vice president and general counsel.
“We are pleased to
welcome David Jackson to our team. David’s skills and background make him
uniquely suited to help RILA members address the complex regulatory and
compliance challenges they face,” said White.
David’s trade practice has
included work in issues involving HTSUS tariff classification, valuation,
country of origin, and preferential trade program applicability. He has
counseled, trained, and assisted clients in responding to a variety of types of
Customs inquiries, including prior disclosures, protests, and responses to CBP
Form 28 Requests for Information. His work experience includes positions with
law firms, private companies, and the federal government.
David also has a background
in food and agricultural regulatory issues, working with food importers to
comply with import and food regulations. Prior to law school, David worked in
the technology arena for over a decade, managing Terms of Service (internet
abuse) compliance issues for leading Internet companies.
David received his LL.M. in
Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, his J.D. from the
University of Kansas with a Certificate of International Trade and Finance, and
a B.A. in English from George Mason University. He has bar memberships in
Missouri and with the Court of International Trade.
Jackson formally joined RILA
on September 17, 2012.
RILA is the trade association
of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members
include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers,
which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of
American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and
distribution centers domestically and abroad.