Biographical Information

ATTORNEYS:

Marshall V. Miller, President

Sean T. Murray, Partner 

Scott S. Taylor, Partner

Brian J. Murphy, Partner

Thomas L. Lobred, Of Counsel

David R. Ostheimer, Of Counsel

Sidney H. Kuflik, Of Counsel

COMPLIANCE DIRECTORS:

Charles W. Ballard, Export Compliance Director

Jerome M. Greenwell, Export Compliance Director

Michael L. Thomas, Import Compliance Director

Linda D. King, Foreign-Trade Zone Compliance Director

LEGAL ASSISTANTS:

Joyce L. Powers, Senior Legal Assistant

Brenda J. Zeller, Assistant Import/Export Compliance Director

Brandon E. Pickett, Assistant Compliance Director


 

MARSHALL V. MILLER 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1980 - Present

Principal
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

1970 - 1980

Attorney/Partner
Swanson, Midgley, Gangwere, Thurlo & Clarke
Kansas City, Missouri

EDUCATION

 

B.A. University of Missouri - Kansas City
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – American Association of Exporters and Importers, World Trade Institute, American Management Association, New York Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, U.S. Small Business Administration, Georgetown University, the American Petroleum Institute, the Border Trade Alliance, the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones, and numerous international, national and locally sponsored seminars in the areas of strategies and techniques for importing and exporting, special Customs procedures, including bonded warehouses, temporary importation bonds, entireties, drawback, and analysis of benefits and establishment of U.S. Foreign‑Trade Zone

Founder, Past President, General Counsel – National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Author – “Foreign-Trade Zone Manufacturing, The Emergence of a Free Trade Instrument," 9 Virginia Journal of International Law 444, 1969.  Numerous articles on international trade subjects

Member – American Association of Exporters & Importers
Member – American Society of International Law
Member – Society for International Affairs
Member – National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.
Member – International Trade Club of Greater Kansas City
Member – International Relations Council
Former Member – District Export Council (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Member – Customs and International Trade Bar Association
Member – American Bar Association – International Law Committee
Member – Federal Bar Association
Member – Missouri Bar Association – International Law Committee
Member – Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Member – Lawyers Association of Kansas City

HONORS/AWARDS
Order of the Sacred Treasure – Government of Japan
Hammer Award – Vice President Al Gore
Bar Register Pre-Eminent Lawyers – AV Rating, Martindale – Hubbell
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones – Life Member & Accredited Zone Specialist

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association
Bar of the State of Missouri
Bar of the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
United States Court of International Trade
United States District Court, Western District of Missouri

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SEAN T. MURRAY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2002 - Present

Partner
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

1997 - 2002

Attorney
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

1996 - 1997

Judicial Clerk
Hon. Laura Denvir Stith

1995 - 1996

Judicial Clerk
Hon. Jerry L. Larson, Justice

EDUCATION

 

B.A., Grinnell College
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones, Society for International Affairs, Missouri Bar Association, University of Kansas Center for International Business, University of San Francisco, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, International Trade Club of Kansas City, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Chair, FDA Task Force – National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Member – American Bar Association - Section on International Law

Member – Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - International Law Committee

Member – International Trade Club of Greater Kansas City

Member – Iowa State Bar Association

Member – The Missouri Bar

Editor-in-Chief – Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems (TLCP) Journal, 1994-95

Author – “Comparative Approaches to the Regulation of Electromagnetic Fields in the Workplace,” 5 Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 177 (1995)

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the State of Missouri
Bar of the State of Iowa
United States Court of International Trade

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SCOTT S. TAYLOR

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008 - Present

Partner
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

1998 - 2008

Attorney
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

1997 - 1998

Law Clerk, Attorney
Ferree, Bunn & O'Grady Chartered
Overland Park, Kansas

EDUCATION

 

B.A., University of Kansas
M.B.A., Rockhurst University
J.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – The Missouri Bar (St. Louis), The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – The Globe Program, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (Washington, D.C., Long Beach, Chicago, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas), St. Louis County Economic Council, Lincoln, Nebraska Area Manufacturers Council, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Department of Economic Development, City and County of Denver-Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Kansas World Trade Center (Wichita), Champaign County (IL) Economic Development Corporation, Midwest International Trade Association, Greater Des Moines Partnership, South Kearny (N.J.) Industrial Association, East Texas Regional Airpark, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (New York), Ports of Indiana (Burns Harbor), the Lewiston – Auburn Economic Growth Council (Lewiston, Maine), the University of Evansville’s Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, the Jacksonville Port Authority, March Joint Powers Authority (Riverside, California), Nebraska Economic Developer’s Association, Port of San Francisco, U.S. Commercial Service – Department of Commerce, Caldwell Economic Development Council (Idaho), American Boiler Manufactures Association (Lake Tahoe), Albuquerque Aviation Department, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, County of Imperial County Community and Economic Development (CA), State of Delaware Economic Development Office.

President – UMKC International Law Society (1997-1998)
Member – Kansas Bar Association
Member – The Missouri Bar
Member – American Bar Association
Member – Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the State of Missouri
Bar of the State of Kansas
United States Court of International Trade

CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Councilman – 6th District At-Large-Kansas City, Missouri
Commissioner – Jackson County COMBAT Drug Commission (2008 – 2012)
Board Member – Center School District (2007-2011)
Chair – Kansas City, Missouri Liquor Control Board of Review (2004-2006)
Chair & Board Member – ReDiscover Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (2004-2008) (Chair: 2007-2008)
Commissioner – Kansas City Sister City Commission (2001-2006)
Member – Committee for County Progress (CCP)

Member – Citizens Association

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BRIAN J. MURPHY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014 - Present

Partner
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

2010 - 2014

Senior Associate
Miller & Company P.C.
Kansas City, Missouri

2000 - 2010

Associate
Stein Shostak Shostak Pollack & O'Hara
Los Angeles, California

1996 - 2000

Associate
Law Offices of Roy Ian Delbyck
Hong Kong, China

1994 - 1995

Associate
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
Los Angeles, California

1994

Judicial Extern
Santa Clara County Superior Court
Civil Research Division
San Jose, California

1993

Law Clerk
Federal Express, International, Inc.
Hong Kong, China

EDUCATION

 

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., Santa Clara University

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA) Conferences (Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau), International Apparel Federation 1997 World Apparel Conference (Hong Kong), American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Women in International Trade Los Angeles, Western Cargo Conference (WESCCON), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association.

Member – Los Angeles County Bar Association, Customs Law Committee (Chair, 2001-2003)

Member – International Law Section, State Bar of California

Member – Foreign Trade Association of Southern California

Director – International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City

Director – Women in International Trade Los Angeles (2000-2003)

Articles Editor – Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal

Author – Articles in California Apparel News, Hong Kong Lawyer, Inside Fashion (formerly Women’s Wear Daily Asia), ATTN: (USA-ITA publication)

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the State of California
Bar of the District of Columbia
Bar of the State of Missouri
United States Court of International Trade

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THOMAS L. LOBRED

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001 - Present

Of Counsel
Miller & Company P.C.
Washington, District of Columbia

1992 - 2000

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters Chief, Value Branch

1991 – 1992

World Customs Organization
Chairman, Technical Committee on Customs Valuation

1973 – 1991

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters Sr. Attorney

EDUCATION

 

B.A., University of Maryland
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Chief, Value Branch, U.S. Customs Service (1992-2000)             

Supervised Customs attorneys in creating major Customs/trade programs.  Created NAFTA Regional Value Content rules.  Organized preparation and teaching of major valuation training materials for APEC economies.  Responsible for publication of Customs informed compliance documents and creation with annual updates of Customs Valuation Encyclopedia.  Established and circulated internal newsletter for field personnel.

Negotiated valuation disputes on behalf of US Government.  Result: Settlement of major valuation dispute in favor of US exporter; Cancellation by European Community of proposed regulatory change.

Represented US Government in WTO Accession talks with China and Russia.  Result: Commitment by China to implement WTO Valuation Agreement on a timely basis.

Presented Customs Service positions on valuation to trade and bar associations, trade advisory groups, and judicial conferences, most recently at AAEI annual meeting in New York City (May 2000).

Elected by Technical Committee on Customs Valuation (Brussels) to serve two terms as Chairman.

Taught valuation to Customs personnel both internationally and domestically.

Analyzed and presented WTO Valuation Agreement implementation needs to developing countries.

Provided USTR with technical assistance on valuation issues.

Prior to 1991  

Participated in negotiating and drafting of GATT Valuation Agreement (Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the GATT), drafting of the implementing legislation (Trade Agreements Act of 1979), and promulgating of the resulting Customs regulations.  

                                  
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Member – American Bar Association
Member – International Bar Association
Member – Missouri Bar Association

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the District of Columbia
Bar of the State of Missouri
United States Court of International Trade
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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DAVID R. OSTHEIMER

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2000 - Present

Of Counsel
Miller & Company P.C.
New York, New York

1977 - Present

Partner
Lamb & Lerch

1974 - 1977

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Customs Section

1973 – 1991

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters

EDUCATION

 

B.A., New York University, University Heights
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Management Association
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Past Secretary and Director – National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Past Chairman Committee on Customs and International Trade – New York State Bar Association

Past Board of Director – American Association of Exporters and Importers

Member – New York County Lawyers’ Association - Customs Law Committee

Member – Customs and International Trade Bar Association - Committee on Administrative Practice

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the State of New York
United States Court of International Trade
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
New Jersey and United States District Court, District of New Jersey

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SIDNEY H. KUFLIK

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2000 - Present

Of Counsel
Miller & Company P.C.
New York, New York

1979 - Present

Partner
Lamb & Lerch

1977 - 1979

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Customs Section

1973 – 1991

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters

EDUCATION

 

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Lecturer – American Association of Exporters and Importers
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Past Vice President, Past Director – Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Member – New York State Bar Association 

Member – New York County Lawyers’ Association - Committee of Foreign and International Law

Member – American Association of Exporters and Importers

BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Bar of the State of New York
United States Court of International Trade
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States Supreme Court

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CHARLES W. BALLARD – EXPORT COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR


Responsibilities include all aspects of export compliance, firm training including effective export and import compliance programs, ECCN and USML classifications, export control jurisdictional determination, Incoterms, commodity jurisdictions, technical assistance agreements and manufacturing license agreements, technology control plans, the Foreign Trade Regulations, supply chain security programs, Global Trade Software advice and integration, logistics, and other aspects of international trade.  He worked in the high tech and defense industries managing various aspects of the supply chain and the export and import management systems for Texas Instruments, AMD, and Emerson.

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JEROME M. GREENWELL – EXPORT COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Responsibilities include export compliance, Census reporting, firm training programs, and other miscellaneous Customs and international trade matters.  He recently retired as Chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division’s Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch and Trade Division Ombudsman.  He received the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for leadership, including the development and implementation of the Automated Export System (AES) and the new Foreign Trade Regulations. 

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MICHAEL L. THOMAS – IMPORT COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR


Responsibilities include overall import and trade regulatory compliance services, including strategic trade analysis, entry processing, trade preference program utilization, Foreign-Trade Zone programs, duty drawback, inventory systems, automation, Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program guidance, as well as C-TPAT supply chain integration and optimization.  He is a licensed CPA & CHB with experience in maritime, international tax, import, foreign-trade zone, and trade related services, including experience in the petroleum and petrochemical industry.

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LINDA D. KING – FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Responsibilities include foreign-trade zone activations, day-to-day operations training, development of inventory management controls, FTZ Operations Manual development, Customs documentation, special zone procedures, e-214, and government reporting requirements and processing; miscellaneous Customs and trade issues.  She is experienced in foreign-trade zone management, and was the Foreign-Trade Zone Manager of FTZ No. 50, Long Beach, California; FTZ No. 153, San Diego, California; and FTZ No. 110, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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JOYCE L. POWERS
– SENIOR LEGAL ASSISTANT


Responsibilities include import/export statistical reports, preparation of prior disclosures, entry review audits, miscellaneous Customs and international trade matters, development and updating of foreign-trade zone operations manuals, on-site reviews for development of system design and day-to-day operations training, development of inventory management controls, FTZ audits, Customs documentation, and various Customs issues relating to the operational management of zones. 

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BRENDA J. ZELLER – ASSISTANT IMPORT/EXPORT COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR


Responsibilities include import/export statistical reports, preparation of prior disclosures, entry review audits, miscellaneous Customs and international trade matters, development and updating of foreign-trade zone operations manuals, on-site reviews for development of system design and day-to-day operations training, development of inventory management controls, FTZ audits, Customs documentation, and various Customs issues relating to the operational management of zones. 

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BRANDON E. PICKETT – ASSISTANT COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR


Responsibilities include foreign-trade zone activations, day-to-day operations training, development of FTZ inventory management controls, and integrating FTZ software, FTZ Operations Manual development, Customs documentation, special zone procedures, e-214, and PGA government reporting requirements and processing; miscellaneous Customs and trade issues.  He began working in the Foreign-Trade Zone area in 2008 at Hawker Beechcraft. 

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