Jason has years of significant experience in representing client’s before U.S. Customs & Border Protection against product and money seizures as well as penalty actions, both administratively,in Federal District court, and the Court of International Trade.
Customs law experience
Jason’s publicly available customs law experience includes over 180 money seizure cases, 13 administrative penalty cases for various violations (including trademark penalties), a § 592 penalty case at the United States Court of International Trade, and a $146,815 penalty for allegedly importing counterfeits in the Eastern District of Michigan.
In addition to these public proceedings, customs lawyer Jason Wapiennik has advised and managed prior disclosures under § 592 for numerous importers, obtained favorable prospective binding rulings, provided guidance to clients on classification, country of origin, and valuation without the need to resort to the formal prospective ruling process.
Jason worked at the small customs law firm Edmund Maciorowski, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from 2007 until founding Great Lakes Customs Law in 2009. He is a graduate of Ave Maria School of Law and Loyola University Chicago.
Jason attended Purdue University and later transferred to Loyola University Chicago, where
graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude and with departmental honors. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society. He attended Ave Maria School of Law, then located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been a Michigan resident ever since. He has lived in Chicago, and also spent several months living in Rome, Italy (attending the John Felice Rome Center), and Krakow Poland (Jagiellonian University for the International Business & Trade Summer Law Program) as part of his studies. He was recipient of a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in 2006.
When he’s not doing the work of a customs attorney, Jason enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Joanna and their two children, Jacob and Victoria.