Of Counsel to the law firm of Stein, Shostak, Shostak, Pollack & O'Hara, LLP with offices in Los Angeles, California, San Diego, California, Washington, D.C. and Shanghai, China.   Mr. Shostak has been a U.S. Customs and International Trade Attorney for 56 years and is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the District of Columbia.  In addition, Mr. Shostak is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Shostak is an internationally recognized expert in legal issues of offshore operations, Maquiladoras, U. S. Customs, Classification and Valuation, Preferential Tariff Provisions Headings Items 9801 and 9802, HTSUS, the NAFTA rules of orgin, NAFTA origin verifications, U.S. Customs Regulatory Audits and Focused Assessments, and U.S. Customs penalties, forfeitures and prior disclosures.


University of California at Berkeley, ba., 1953:  Northwestern University 1949-51

Law School

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, at Berkley J.D., 1956


​1956, California, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1957, U.S. Customs Court: 1960, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court; 1980, District of Columbia; 1980, U.S. Court of International Trade; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


State bar of california, Los Angeles County BAR,  American Bar Association and U.S. Customs and International Trade Bar Association


Author:  Simplification of U.S. Customs Laws and Regulations, Organizational Dynamics, Inc., 1979; "The Evolution of Item 807.00 of the Tariff Schedules of the United States and The Resulting Revolution of the Customs Laws," University of West Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 12, 1980.  Simplification of U.S. Customs Laws and Regulations for Maquiladoras, 2016.

Reported Cases

 Rudolph Miles v. United States, 567 F 2d 979, CCPA 32 (1978)

 SUPerscope V. United states, 727 F. Supp. 629, 13 CIT 997 (1989)

Ford motor company v. united states, 157 F.3D 849 (Fed. cir. 1998)

Bushnell International v. United States, 49 Customs Court 123 (1962)

Daisy-Heddon v. united states, 600 F. 2D 799, 66 CCPA 97 (1979)



S. Richard Shostak, U.S. CUSTOMS & U.S. Trade Attorney

Law Offices

  • Los Angeles, California USA​

  • Shanghai, China

  • Washington, D.C.


S. Richard Shostak, Esq.

(213) 630-8888


S. Richard Shostak, ESQ. U.S. Customs & U.S. Trade Attorney


​More Areas of Practice:

  • Tariff Law Disputes 

  • International Trade Law

  • U.S. Customs Seizures, Penalties and Related Litigation

  • U.S. Federal Administrative Law

  • Free Trade Agreement Qualifications

  • Regulations for Customs Brokers, Bonded Warehouses and Foreign Trade Zones