Maritime, trade and transportation touch on practically every aspect of our lives. Taken together, they are the driving industry in not only Louisiana, but across the country and around the world. Because this industry affects every business in one form or another, I strive to help clients understand and navigate the complex statutes and regulations governing this industry, and its ever-changing global landscape. Cole Callihan's practice focuses primarily on state and federal regulatory matters. At the state level, Cole counsels clients and assists with transactions relating to gaming, public private partnerships (P3s), and economic development. At the federal level, Cole's practice focuses primarily on customs and international trade, transportation, and maritime. He counsels and represents clients before the US Coast Guard (USCG), the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Department of the Interior (DOI). In his customs and trade practice, Cole advises clients on import issues relating to duties, tariff exclusions, and country of origin. He represents clients before the Court of International Trade, and he has successfully mitigated penalties before CBP involving countervailing and antidumping duties, seizure of goods, and over $2mm in vessel reporting violations. Cole also counsels maritime and transportation clients on issues relating to the Jones Act and Coastwise trade, and he has obtained favorable Jones Act rulings from CBP for clients operating off the Pacific coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Cole also counsels and assists clients on visas and foreign worker exemptions. marine terminal operating agreements, and foreign and domestic vessel documentation.