Ngosong Fonkem Attorney

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About Ngosong

Ngosong Fonkem provides companies with business-practical representation on international trade law and Africa matters.  His enthusiasm for embracing difficult challenges enables him to help his clients navigate unfamiliar legal territories. His tenacious approach ensures his clients receive the best possible representation, regardless of the complexity of the case, and he has a long history of achieving successful results in all sorts of U.S. customs tariff and duty matters. Ngosong also heads up our Africa desk.

Before transitioning to full-time legal practice, Ngosong worked as a law professor at the oldest private university in Malaysia and as an energy intelligence management consultant in Southeast Asia. He continues to teach courses on international trade and global business as an adjunct professor at St. Norbert College Schneider School of Business and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business and Management.

An International Trade Law and Africa Law Expert

In 2022, Ngosong was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to serve as an industry sector advisor within the USTR’s Industry Sector Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) on “Small, Minority, and Women-led Business.” At ITAC’s first meeting, he was elected Chair of the committee. In 2019, he was appointed by the Turkish Investor and Industrialist Businessmen Association (YATSIAD) to serve as its U.S. representative.

Ngosong is also chairs the Wisconsin Bar Association International Practice Section and a board member of the Wisconsin Bar Association Business Law Section. Additionally, he is the chair of events at the International Trade Club of Chicago and vice-chair of the International Section Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. From 2016 to 2018, he served as a commissioner on the Board of Brown County Harbor Commission at the port of Green Bay. Ngosong also serves on the executive committee of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, a charitable organization that raises money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Kicking It With The Cows, another charitable organization that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Ngosong frequently speaks on international trade-related and Africa law issues, and he regularly makes presentations in the U.S. and abroad on global trade and geopolitics-related topics. He has authored numerous articles on trade-related topics in peer-reviewed law journals, business journals, and magazines. Most recently, he co-authored a book on international trade and geopolitics titled, “Trade Crash: A Primer on Surviving and Thriving in Pandemics & Global Trade Disruption.

On a personal note, Ngosong enjoys traveling (he has visited more than 50 countries so far), playing soccer, and sailing.

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Fast Facts

Education

  • Tulane Law School (LL.M)
  • West Virginia University College of Law (JD)

Languages

  • French

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Washington, DC Bar

More About Ngosong

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Association Annual Meeting and Conference, June 14th, 2023.
  • Exporting To the United States: Challenges and Opportunities from a Sri Lankan Perspective, Sudath Perera Associates Webinar, May 2023.
  • Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Overview of Legal Considerations, International Trade Club of Chicago webinar, February 28, 2023.
  • MITA Lunch Seminar, December 15, 2022.
  • “Talking Trade”, WisBusiness, August 9, 2022.
  • “US Sanctions on Russian/Mitigating Impact of Trade Disruption”, Madison International Trade Association/International Credit Exchange, July 12, 2022.
  • Talking Trade”, WisBusiness Podcast, September 17, 2021.
  • “Trade Remedies Update”, Inter-Pacific Bar Association- International Practice webinar, September 14, 2021.
  • “Black History Month: Opportunities in Trade and Overcoming Barriers”, International Trade Club of Chicago Diversity Series, February 23, 2021.
  • “Trade Crash: Managing Trade Disruptions in a New Administration”, Envision Fond du Lac State of the Economy Breakfast, November 17, 2020.
  • “Embargoes, Sanctions, & Tariffs”, International Trade Club of Chicago Speaker Series, October 3, 2020.
  • “International Trade in Times of Crisis”, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Webinar Series, September 8, 2020.
  • “International Risk Consideration”, North East Wisconsin Global Trade Conference, October 25, 2019.
  • “How Design Thinking Will Change the Practice of Law”, Wisconsin Bar Association Annual Meeting & Conference, June 15, 2019.
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference, April 26, 2019.
  • “Tariff Policy”, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Leaders Roundtable, October 15, 2018.
  • “Getting the Facts on Trade & Tariffs”, Freshtake with Josh Dukelow Radio Show on WHBY, June 16, 2018.
  • “NAFTA 2.0, Opportunities for Counsel in NAFTA Reorganization”, Wisconsin Bar Association Annual Meeting & Conference, June 21, 2018.
  • “Data Privacy on Social Networks in Multiple Jurisdictions”, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference, March 15, 2018.
  • “Key Policy Issues & the Agenda for NAFTA Renegotiation”, Wisconsin Logistic Counsel, November 9, 2017.
  • “Free Trade in Services”, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference, April 7, 2017.
  • “Resolution of Trade Disputes in TPP and Other FTAs”, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference, April 14, 2016.
  • Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference, October 3, 2014.
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  • Chair – US Trade Representative – Industry Trade Advisory Committee
  • Event Coordinator – International Trade Club of Chicago
  • Diversity Chair – America Bar Association Custom Committee
  • Chair – Wisconsin Bar Association – International Section
  • U.S. Representative – Turkish Businessman Industrialist Assn (YATSIAD)
  • Executive Committee Member – Dairy Cares of Wisconsin (Charity organization)
  • Steering Committee Member – The New North (Global), Northeast, WI
  • Board Member – Brown County Harbor Commission, Brown County WI

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