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Felicia Leborgne Nowels

106 East College Avenue
12th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301

International Trade & Customs

Felicia Leborgne Nowels is Board Certified in International law, and focuses her practice on international trade and customs law. Felicia assists domestic and foreign companies with cross border movement of goods and services. Whether drafting international distribution or trade agreements, consulting or litigating on customs procedures or trade benefits, Felicia's goal is to bring efficient business solutions to her clients' global issues.

Felicia counsels her clients on various aspects of international trade and customs transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including: product marking and labeling; tariff classification, valuation and preference; focused assessments; CTPAT; Free Trade Zone matters; drawback; antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and administrative reviews; copyright and trademark protection; seizures; detentions; notices of action; debarment; export controls and enforcement related to the EAR and ITAR; trade benefits, and regulatory approval of highly regulated commodities, products, art, animals, food, medical devices, and chemicals.

Her fluency in several languages is advantageous to her clients in structuring businesses to best position themselves in the U.S. and international markets, and negotiating multi-national agreements. Felicia has drafted, negotiated and guided her clients on distribution agreements and cross-border transactions. Felicia also assists her clients in maintaining compliant business practices by conducting due diligence investigations, and drafting and implementing compliance manuals.

Felicia represents clients before federal agencies, such as: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Department of State, Department of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other regulatory agencies to obtain requisite licenses and approvals when entering goods into the U.S. market or exporting goods to foreign countries. She also represents her clients when faced with administrative action taken by federal and state agencies, including investigations, recalls and penalty proceedings.


Felicia represents companies before the FDA. She assists clients with regulatory compliance issues such as labeling and regulatory approval, and recalls of drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, cosmetics, and foods. Felicia also focuses her practice on the international trade of such products.

Felicia assists manufacturers and distributors of FDA regulated products in obtaining necessary FDA permits, registrations, and approvals. She guides her clients on labeling regulations and plays an integral role in the production and creation of labels and marketing materials of drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, cosmetics, and foods.

Felicia also prepares and implements FDA compliance measures, good manufacturing practices, record keeping, and recall procedures.


Felicia represents companies before the CPSC. She assists companies in developing compliant labeling and marketing materials for its products. She works with manufacturers, private labelers, distributors, retailers and importers to ensure products meet the CPSC safety standards. Felicia also represents clients before the CPSC on recalls, consumer complaints, CPSC investigations and Corrective Action Plans resulting from a product recall.

State Government Affairs/Administrative

Felicia's Florida practice focuses on administrative and regulatory matters, including: telecommunications, licensing; Chapter 287 procurement; bid protests; rule challenges; escheatment laws; Chapter 120 hearings, and public records and the Sunshine Laws. She has represented clients before state agencies, local governments, school boards and the Division of Administrative Hearings.

Representative Industries & Products

Consumer Electronics
FDA Regulated Products: Food, Dietary Supplements, Drugs, Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Veterinary Drugs
Apparel and Footwear
Jewelry and Accessories
Art, Antiquities and Furniture
Munitions and Controlled Technology
Fuel and Chemicals
Aircraft Parts
Office Supplies
Representative Experience
Representation of exporter and importer on antidumping review before the Department of Commerce.
Representation of foreign exporters and U.S. importers before International Trade Commission's Sunset Review of Antidumping Order.
Representation of manufacturer of munitions items before the DDTC in debarment proceedings.
Representation of manufacturer and exporter of aircraft parts before Department of Commerce, BIS, in investigation of alleged export violations.
Representation of various clients in obtaining export licenses for items covered under the munitions list and covered under the EAR.
Representation of clients in obtaining licenses to export and import wild animals and endangered species.
Representation of importer of electronics in Focused Assessment.
Representation of large importer before CBP to become an approved C-TPAT member.
Representation of large importer on post-importation duty refund claims.
Representation of exporter of military aircraft to expedite review of seizure and detention of articles.
Representation of exporters before OFAC and CBP in voluntary self disclosure of possible export and import violations.
Representation of clients before FDA for 510(k) approvals of medical devices.
Representation of one of the world's largest petrochemical companies with regard to its import and export compliance procedures and distribution agreements.
Representation of medical device manufacturer with regard to its FDA compliance procedures.
Representation of companies on recalls of consumer products.
Representation of large importer of clothing and accessories regarding classification,valuation and marking laws.
Awards & Recognition
Board Certified in International Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Super Lawyers Magazine 2012-2017, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for International
Lexology Client Choice Award, 2017, Recognized for International Trade
Published Works & Lectures
Akerman's Guide to Doing Business in Florida: A Legal Guide for Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses, Author, "Regulation of International Trade and Investment," 2016
ALM-Akerman U.S. Latin America Legal Summit, Speaker, "U.S./Latin America Trade Developments: A Practical Review of Lessons Learned Over the Past Year," November 10, 2015
2015 Florida Bar Annual Convention, Speaker, "NAFTA Symposium - Investment & Business Track," June 26, 2015
Mackrell International Trade Practice Group, Panelist, "Developments in U.S.Export and Import Compliance," December 4, 2012
American Bar Association Section of International Law, Moderator, "Recent U.S. Free Trade Agreements: Where We Are and Where We Are Going," September 26, 2012
'World Trade Connections: No Passport Required' Forum, Keynote Speaker, "Exploring Investment Opportunities through the EB-5 Investor Program and other Investment Channels," May 2012
International Bar Association, Meeting of the Americas, Speaker, "Trade in the Americas: Where Is It Going?," May 2011
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, "Attorney-Client Privilege Is Not Absolute in Foreign Jurisdictions," October 2007
Professional Memberships & Activities
Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Florida District Export Council
The Florida Bar, International Law Section, Customs and International Trade Committee, Vice Chair
The Florida Bar, International Law Certification Committee
American Bar Association, Customs Law Committee, International Law Section, Member
The Florida District Export Council, Member
Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, International Business Council, Past Board Member
Medical Device Manufacturers Association, Member
Mackrell, Co-Founder of the International Trade and Customs subgroup
Hancock Bank, Tallahassee Market Advisory Board
American Red Cross, Capital Area Chapter, Past Board Member
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J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 2003; with honors, Dean's List, Phi Delta Phi, Pro Bono Fellow, Jessup Moot Court, 2001-2002, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, Associate Editor, 2001-2003, International Bar Association Internship, London, UK, 2003
B.A., Davidson College, 1999; French; Concentration: International Relations, 1997-1998, Universite de Nanterre, Paris, France
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