Cindy Owens

Cindy Owens

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Cindy Owens is an associate in the Firm’s International Commercial Practice Group in our Washington, DC office. She recently transferred from our Singapore office where she worked on a variety of customs and trade matters. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Cindy was a lawyer for both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Department of Commerce. She also handled export control matters for a boutique firm in Washington, D.C.

Practice Focus

Cindy focuses on customs compliance and international trade. Her work covers a variety of issues including, but not limited to, customs valuation, classification, country of origin, drawback, free trade zones, bonded warehouses, temporary importation under bond as well as advising clients on free trade agreement opportunities and benefits. She regularly conducts trainings and seminars and has worked on customs and trade matters for approximately 12 years.

Representative Legal Matters

Penalty Matters

  • Drafted and issued decisions for CBP on penalty and seizure matters including violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), food, health and safety regulations, drug enforcement regulations, intellectual property rights regulations and commercial fraud matters.

Customs Rulings and Regulations

  • Drafted and published rulings defining CBP's interpretation of customs laws and regulations on a variety of issues including petroleum imports, customs business, drawback, foreign trade zones, bonded warehouses, temporary importations under bond, antidumping and countervailing duty matters.
  • Represented CBP at Customs/Surety Executive Committee meetings.

Petroleum Imports and Exports

  • Advised CBP's Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Minerals Center for Excellence and Expertise on legal and regulatory matters regarding the importation and exportation of petroleum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Customs Lawyer's Association - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member


  • District of Columbia~United States
  • Maryland~United States


  • George Washington University Law School (JD)
  • University of Wisconsin (BS)


  • English