Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, one of the top international-trade legal and consulting companies, has formed a strategic alliance with political strategist Steven Champlin, principal of Champlin Washington Strategies.

Tom Travis, managing partner of Sandler, and Champlin said the alliance will enhance their respective firms’ abilities to further their clients’ interests, combining their trade, legal and political expertise.

“Steve Champlin is one of the foremost experts on U.S. trade policy,” Travis said. “His experience as a former key adviser to congressional leaders, combined with his 25-year career in private practice, providing guidance and insight to companies and associations on national and global government policies, makes him a great resource for ST&R’s government-relations group, attorneys, advisers and clients.”

Champlin said ST&R’s extensive expertise in a variety of international trade and Customs matters “is an ideal complement to the work Champlin Washington Strategies does in advising clients with global interests.”

The two firms will each maintain offices at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington.

ST&R, founded in 1977, provides international trade-related legal and consulting services to clients across the globe, including many in the fashion industry. ST&R and its related global trade compliance management company, STTAS, comprise the largest customs and international trade services provider in the world. Operating from offices in North America, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the firms’ trade professionals assist companies in complying with the free-trade agreements, laws, rules and regulations affecting the importation and exportation of merchandise.

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Champlin has worked in developing and passing U.S. trade agreements through Congress. Prior to entering the private sector, Champlin served as executive director of the Democratic Caucus for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), and worked on the staffs of Rep. Tony Coelho (D., Calif.), Rep. William Gray (D., Pa.), and Rep. David E. Bonior (D., Mich.).

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