Felicia Nowels, J.D.
Attorney and Partner, Akerman LLP
Board Certified in International law
Felicia Leborgne Nowels, J.D., B.A., is Board Certified in International law, and focuses her practice on international trade and customs law. Whether drafting international distribution or trade agreements, consulting or litigating on customs procedures or trade benefits, Felicia’s goal is to bring efficient business solutions to her clients’ global issues. Felicia assists domestic and foreign companies with cross border movement of goods and services.
Felicia counsels her clients on various aspects of international trade and customs transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including: product marking and labeling; tariff classification, valuation and preference; focused assessments; CTPAT; Free Trade Zone matters; drawback; antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and administrative reviews; copyright and trademark protection; seizures; detentions; notices of action; debarment; export controls and enforcement related to the EAR and ITAR; trade benefits, and regulatory approval of highly regulated commodities, products, art, animals, food, medical devices, and chemicals.
Her fluency in several languages is advantageous to her clients in structuring businesses to best position themselves in the U.S. and international markets, and negotiating multi-national agreements. Felicia has drafted, negotiated and guided her clients on distribution agreements and cross-border transactions. Felicia also assists her clients in maintaining compliant business practices by conducting due diligence investigations, and drafting and implementing compliance manuals.
Felicia represents clients before federal agencies, such as: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of State, Department of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other regulatory agencies to obtain requisite licenses and approvals when entering goods into the U.S. market or exporting goods to foreign countries. She also represents her clients when faced with administrative action taken by federal and state agencies, including investigations, recalls and penalty proceedings.