Russell A. Semmel is an associate attorney in the New York office of Neville Peterson LLP, a customs and international trade law firm, where since 2010 he has advised foreign and domestic businesses and individuals on a variety of customs and international trade matters and represented clients in civil litigation and before government agencies.

Mr. Semmel has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of International Trade, and other federal district courts, drafted Supreme Court petitions and amicus curiae briefs, and appeared before administrative bodies including U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has conducted internal compliance reviews for small businesses and large corporations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Areas of experience include tariff classification, seizures and exclusions, free trade agreements, customs audits, intellectual property issues, international arbitration enforcement, and creditors’ claims; pro bono work has included customs penalty defense. Mr. Semmel has served as a panelist at judicial and bar conferences, has spoken at various trade association meetings, and regularly moderates the ABA Section of International Law’s “Pathways to Employment in International Law” series at his alma mater. In 2015, Mr. Semmel was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the New York Metro area.

Mr. Semmel graduated in 2010 with a juris doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as an articles editor for the Cardozo Journal of International & Comparative Law, participated in the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic, and established the Cardozo International Law Society. During law school, Mr. Semmel worked in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, for the Honorable Judge Timothy C. Stanceu of the U.S. Court of International Trade, and as an intern at Neville Peterson. Mr. Semmel earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and physics from the University of Florida in 2006, where he served as a campus ambassador, student senator, leader of the Jewish Student Union, and member of the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary. A native of South Florida, Mr. Semmel earned a diploma from the International Baccalaureate program before attending college.

In his spare time, Mr. Semmel enjoys distance running, political activism, and exploring his Upper West Side neighborhood with his wife, Janie, and dog, Charlie. He is a devoted fan of everything Florida Gators and the Atlanta Braves.


Practice Areas:
Customs and international trade law
Administrative law

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (2010)
B.A., University of Florida (2006)

Bar Admissions:
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of International Trade


Professional Activities:
Member, Young Lawyers Committee, Customs and International Trade Bar Association
Member, New York Democratic Lawyers Council

Professional Honors:
New York Metro Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2015)

No Reservations: A Proposal to Streamline Calendar Practice in the U.S. Court of International Trade, 23 Tulane J. Int’l & Comp. L. 429 (2015)

Panelist, Streamlining Litigation in Customs Cases: Opportunities and Obstacles, 18th Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of International Trade (Dec. 1, 2014)

Moderator, Symposium, Practitioner Insights into International Dispute Resolution, 22 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 737 (2014)

New York, NY

Phone: (212) 635-2730