Stuart Seidel is a member of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance and Customs Practice. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2001, Mr. Seidel worked for 32 years in the US Customs Service (now US Customs and Border Protection) in various capacities — including assistant commissioner, assistant chief counsel for enforcement and operations and director of international trade compliance. Listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Seidel is also a recipient of the Presidential Rank and the Excellence in Government Award. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on customs and free trade matters. Stuart Seidel is the editor of International Trade Compliance Update .