Richard S. Gottlieb holds a B.A. from McGill University (1958) and an LL.L. from -the University of Montreal (1961) and was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1962.
Mr. Gottlieb is a pioneer in the Canadian trade law field and has practiced in this area since 1969. Mr. Gottlieb maintains a varied practice covering all international trade issues with emphasis on anti-dumping and subsidy actions, customs valuation and transfer pricing. He is extensively involved in strategic trade planning for corporate clients.
Mr. Gottlieb is the founding partner of Gottlieb & Associates, the only Canadian law firm dedicated for more than four decades to the practice of domestic and international customs and international trade law. Considered the pioneer and dean of the Canadian customs and trade law field. Represents major multinational corporations, associations, and foreign governments.
Mr. Gottlieb is senior partner of Gottlieb & Associates. Gottlieb & Associates serves a multinational clientele as the only Canadian law firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of domestic and international customs and international trade law. Specialties include transfer pricing, customs valuation, tariff classification, origin, export and import controls, anti-dumping and subsidization. He is the author of a number of publications on customs valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases.
He is a frequent speaker in Canada and abroad to business, government and academic organizations, is a guest lecturer on anti-dumping and customs at McGill University and has written a number of books and articles on trade issues. Mr. Gottlieb is called upon regularly by law firms in Canada and outside of Canada to advise their clients on customs and trade issues.
He has extensive experience appearing before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, has sat as a member of panels struck under the dispute resolution mechanism of the NAFTA and has appeared before the Federal Court (Trial and Appellate Divisions) and the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with over 200 anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, and over 500 customs cases covering virtually every major industry.
Publications include The Canadian Anti-Dumping Act – Law and Practice; An Introduction to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA); Customs Valuation in Canada (in collaboration with D.H. Pearson); “Canadian Rules of Origin”, a chapter of Rules of Origin in International Trade; International Trade Laws of Canada (co-author and co-editor: D.H. Pearson). Special guest lecturer on customs and international trade at the Faculty of Law, McGill University.
Mr. Gottlieb is a member of the Committee on Customs and Trade Regulations of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC"). He is also a delegate of the ICC to the World Customs Organization ("WCO") Technical Committee on Customs Valuation. Mr. Gottlieb is a frequent participant as speaker and/or moderator at symposia organized by the WCO on customs valuation, royalties, rules of origin and assists. His most recent presentation related to a comparison between transfer pricing (income tax) and transaction value (customs) issues. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the ICC set up to provide input to the WCO on 2007 H.S. modification. Finally, Mr. Gottlieb was appointed as a panelist in connection with a value for duty and VAT dispute between the Philippines and Thailand.
Mr. Gottlieb has been named among the most frequently recommended customs and international trade lawyers as well as a leader in the fields of trade and customs law in the Canadian Lexpert Directory since 1999, cited in An International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers since the inception of this directory in 2001, cited in Chambers Global (The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business) and The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2004. Mr. Gottlieb enjoys an AV® rating of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers of Martindale-Hubbell. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.
Laurier W. Beauchamp holds a B.A. (Pol.Sc.) (1972) and an LL.L. (1984) from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1985.
Mr. Beauchamp was previously in charge of the corporate/commercial department of a small dynamic law firm servicing multi-national and domestic clients. Mr. Beauchamp practices in the areas of both national and international commercial and corporate law specializing, in particular, in safety and food standards, packaging and labeling, product liability and French language requirements.
Mr. Beauchamp has been counseling numerous corporations and associations on corporate and commercial/trade issues in the fields of aeronautics, heavy equipment, consumer goods (clothing, textile, footwear) and cosmetics. He sits on the Board of Directors of several companies operating in Canada.
Professional and Commercial Memberships include and have included: • Chambre de Commerce belge et luxembourgeoise au Canada • Canadian American Business Association • Foundation for Legal Research, Secretary • Canadian Bar Association • Quebec Bar Association.
Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements: • Speaker, “Doing business in Canada and Quebec”, Beijing International Trade Law Mission, 1999 (Montréal) • Speaker, “Comment faire affaires au Québec et au Canada”, Association des Manufacturiers du Québec, 1993 (Montréal) • Speaker, Doing “Business in New Hampshire and Quebec”, Quebec Week in Manchester, 1992 (Manchester, New Hampshire) • Publication: “Franchising in Canada”, article published in the Mexico Trade Letter, Publication of Matthews & Branscombe, August 17, 1992
Mr. LaFortune is a member of the Ontario Bar. He holds a B.A. (1982) and M.A. (1985) from the University of Victoria and a LL.B. (1987) from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. LaFortune has extensive experience in international trade law and policy. He spent five years with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he was engaged in dispute settlement under the Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the NAFTA and the WTO and was also involved in negotiating the NAFTA and the Agreement on Internal Trade. Mr. LaFortune spent over fourteen years working as a private sector consultant and lawyer specializing in international trade law and policy, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, government procurement and government relations. During that time, Gordon represented a broad range of clients, including trade associations in the NAFTA Supply Management dispute and the WTO disputes on Canada’s dairy export policies and corporations and WTO Members in the WTO disputes on aircraft financing between Canada and Brazil.
Mr. LaFortune has prepared reports on a wide range of trade-related issues for foreign governments and trade associations. He co-authored a report for the Japan Equipment Manufacturer’s Association on Rules of Origin, prepared the trade elements of a report on the Agreement on Internal Trade for the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment, analyzed the international trade aspects of fisheries subsidies maintained by FAO Members for the FAO Fisheries Working Group and assessments of U.S. and E.U. agricultural policies and subsidies. Mr. LaFortune has participated in technical assistance programs focusing on trade remedies and WTO dispute settlement in Jamaica, The Philippines and Viet Nam and has also been appointed as an Expert by APEC to prepare and deliver reports on liberalization efforts undertaken by Papua New Guinea and Peru to achieve APEC liberalization goals.