Don M. Obert

Adjunct Professor of Law

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Don M. Obert is the managing member of The Obert Law Firm, P.L.L.C. Mr. Obert concentrates his practice in the areas of customs, international trade, export control, and federal regulatory compliance. For more than 20 years Mr. Obert has represented and counseled numerous American, foreign and multinational importers, exporters, manufacturers, customs brokers, and freight forwarders involved in the movement of goods and delivery of services throughout the world.

Mr. Obert has extensive experience in the laws and regulations of various federal agencies, including but not limited to, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Fashion Law and International Trade, Fordham Law School (2019 – present)


Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

Adelphi University (Biology)

Representative Publications and Presentations

Panelist - Border Wars: Fashion, Global Trade, and The New Isolationism. Fordham University's 7th Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium, Fashion Revolutions! (Fordham University, March 2017).

Guest Lecturer - Importing Fashion. Fordham University's Fashion Law Institute Symposium (Fordham University, June 2014 and 2015).

Guest Lecturer - Gray Market Importations for International and Intellectual Property, New York University, School of Continuing & Professional Studies (New York University, Spring 2014 and 2015).

Panelist - Jewel Tones: From Conflict Minerals to Multi-Destination Orders, Compliance is Key. Fordham University's 4th Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium, The Spectrum of Style. (Fordham University, April 2014).

Publication - U.S. Customs Treatment of Gray Market Imports - In Black and White (Practising Law Institute, May 2012).

Speech - Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act and Foreign Trademark Laws; Gray Market Goods, What Are They and How Do You Stop Them at the Border? Advanced Trademark Law Annual Review 2012 - CLE Program (Practising Law Institute, May 2012).

Speech - Bringing Imported Food Products to Market, at CLL Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industry Seminar entitled Eating, Sleeping & Tweeting (November 2010).

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
Legal Writing Program
150 West 62nd Street, Room 7-175
New York, NY 10023