U.S.–China Trade Deal: Here’s Why “Who Goes First” Makes A World of Difference-by NEIL SISKIND

The most important determination to be made in a US-China trade dispute resolution is “which side will go first”. This will determine how a deal is enforced.

The US wants China to perform before tariffs are removed, while China wants tariffs removed before performance.

The parties may agree on everything, but if they can’t agree on “this”, then there’s no deal. It’s not just about which side will concede. Here’s the big issue no one’s articulating: To determine which side goes first is also to determine which party has the “burden of proof” going forward- an enormous matter.

If China performs with tariffs in place, it would have the “burden of proving its performance” before tariff removal. If the US removes tariffs first, the US would have to track China around the globe and investigate China’s activities across the world, with the “burden of proving material nonperformance” before levying tariffs- a Herculean task, at great cost to taxpayers.

In the former scenario, China would work hard to prove compliance. In the latter, China could delay responses, conceal activities, and prolong investigations.

It’s not what you know … it’s what you can prove.

Who wants “that” burden?

Why should the U.S. accept the burden to “re-prove” violations we already know of? Why should U.S. taxpayers pay to “re-prove” that China is not following international laws or global trade practice, or to “disprove” that China is honoring its covenants. 

This is and has always been about “China’s” activities and violations. It should be China’s burden to prove its performance, at China’s expense- and that requires China to go first. 

So, why do I say that the burden of proof is on the U.S. once tariffs are removed as part of a trade dispute resolution?

If the administration wants to put tariffs back on after removing them- it will have a very high bar. It will have to not just prove non-compliance, but “material” non-compliance. The administration will have to make a good and specific case to:

  1. Europe
  2. China (which, after making economic and systemic structural change would be irate)
  3. Congress
  4. US consumers and voters
  5. US businesses

Even if China has the burden of proving performance- and fails, the administration would have a heck of a time putting tariffs back on without “excellent” reasons for doing so, and proving those reasons, with facts, without and within the United States, especially if the economy is weak.

 

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Trade: Who Even Needs China To Agree? All We Need Are “Ceilings” by NEIL SISKIND

Many people seem to be misunderstanding the nature and character of the U.S.-China trade talks. This is not like NAFTA, where an existing trade deal needs to be replaced. We never had any trade deal with China- and, we don’t need one.

In all of these negotiations, China has not asked us for one single thing. We are the only one asking for things. The only thing that China wants from us is to remove the tariffs that we’re using to try to get China to change its behaviors and practices. We don’t need China’s agreement to our requests in order for America to move forward with business. The Trump administration can set forth its demands, and maintain the tariffs where they are (or higher or lower, or on more or fewer goods)- or remove them, altogether, with a last-chance window for China to make purchases and structural changes. We don’t need China to partake in these decisions. The United States can do whatever it wants. We are the one with the gripes- not China. We are the party being wronged- not China.

Getting a “deal” is not what matters most. What matters most is that the Trump administration sets fixed tariff rates as “ceilings”, and decides the maximum scope of goods coverage, to provide U.S. companies with certainty, and China with the motivation to change. Tariffs should be able to go lower- but never higher. There should be no penalties that send rates above the rate ceilings. If China makes a change that leads to a lower tariff, but then fails to maintain the changed practice, the ceiling rate for that tariff is still the highest rate that such tariff should ever go.

I propose that the administration send China its list of requirements in order for China to receive no-tariff or low-tariff access for its goods into the United States, including, but not limited to: The removal of tariffs on U.S. exports; China to purchase soybeans and other determined products; the ending of forced technology transfers for U.S. companies; the cessation of corporate espionage and IP theft by China, etc., in a document called The United States Of America’s Trade Cooperation Effort With The People’s Republic of China, signed by the President of the United States. The document should notify China of the tariff rates and the categories of goods receiving the tariffs, and guide China on how U.S. product purchases, structural changes, and changed practices, once proved, will work to reduce tariff rates, per a schedule that sets-out the tariff reduction China will earn for any milestone it reaches, with China to bear the burden of proof.

For example, if China purchase “X” dollars of soybeans and corn over the next twenty-four months, certain tariffs are lowered by two percentage points, and will remain at the lowered rate, provided that China’s subsequent purchases of such products never fall below “X” dollars during any subsequent twelve month period.

The same concept would apply for structural changes, with the milestones used for measurements of changes, and the time-frames required to prove true and permanent changes, and the tariff consequences, to be crafted appropriately.

We don’t need China’s agreement to this. We just need to draft the document, sign it, and send it- to be effective immediately.

From there, China can request modifications to The Trade Cooperation Effort document’s terms, which the administration can consider as we’re moving forward with commerce using the ceiling tariff rates that are set on Chinese exports to the U.S., at levels that provide certainty, visibility, and financial viability for U.S. businesses- and an incentive for China to change its ways. What matters most is that we implement tariff rate “ceilings” and set the maximum scope of goods coverage, to provide American companies with certainty.

China will have to pay the tariffs until it meets our objectives and requirements. No “deal” is needed. Any “deal” would be based on China’s future performances, anyway; no immediate actions will come from any “deal” that can resolve the numerous issues between the parties. Time will be required, any way it’s sliced.

The trade talks are just goodwill by the administration to build a mutual consensus. But we are not “asking” China to change- we are telling China that if it fails to change, the costs of doing business with us will rise. “Stop breaking international laws and defying international trade rules and practices, and then we will accept your products, without tariffs.”

That’s the deal.

I’m not suggesting that we end the talks with China, I’m only clarifying that we don’t need China’s agreement and decision on these matters. People are getting too caught-up in whether we get a “deal” from China. Having the administration set rate-ceilings and finalize the maximum scope of goods coverage in order to provide U.S. businesses with certainty, and China with a strong incentive to make more purchases of U.S. products and structural changes to its economy and its legal and financial systems, is far more important than are China’s decisions or agreements.

President Trump: Set tariff rate ceilings and the maximum scope of goods coverage, and send China The United States Of America’s Trade Cooperation Effort With The People’s Republic of China document, and let’s move on. China will have to figure it out from there.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

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To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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US & China: Such A Weird Negotiation- by NEIL SISKIND

It’s worth pointing-out that in all of these negotiations, and throughout this dispute, China has not asked the U.S. to change any of its policies or practices. Not even one. I’ve been wondering what all of the Chinese negotiators are saying during these months of negotiations. They never seem to request anything of us. They only seem to keep asking “us” to stop asking things of “them”. These so-called “negotiations” are one side asking of things from another side. The only thing we have that China wants “us” to change is the tariffs that we’re using to try to get “them” to change. We’re going in circles now. I think China is missing our point.

Here’s an official transcript of the last 6 months of the U.S.- China trade negotiations (not really):

China: Kindly remove tariffs.

U.S.: They were levied to get you to change, since we asked a thousand times.

China: Ok, we will change. Please remove tariffs.

U.S.: Ok. Once you change, as we said.

China: Ok, we’ll buy soybeans and then change. Please remove tariffs.

U.S.: That’s not enough- hence the tariffs. Besides, any purchases of U.S. goods made by China would only be made in place of goods you would buy elsewhere, anyway. There’s no downside or imposition.

China: Ok. We’ll buy soybeans and make Phentanyl more illegal. Kindly remove tariffs.

U.S.: Great. Do those things, and the ten other things we’ve been asking, and we will remove tariffs.

China: No. Remove tariffs and we will do all those things.

U.S.: No, we tried that. You never do them. Let’s meet at Mar-A- Lago and you will see American excellence up-close and then want to change.

China: Let us think about it. Is there room service?

 

Me: This is getting ridiculous. We are not supposed to have been asking China for its agreement to change. We are supposed to be advising China that if it doesn’t change, access to our markets will be more expensive, via tariffs. So, let’s get a “yea” or a “nay” and wrap this up and give U.S. businesses the certainty and visibility we need. China will have to then be responsible for its own fate- which hasn’t been going so well, lately.

 

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endnote.

Here’s why China will never change:

Think of this like couple’s counseling. You can force your spouse into a room and chastise him or her until he or she agrees to change- but the change will never last if it’s “demanded”- rather than “desired”.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Enforcement Of A U.S.-China Trade Deal- by NEIL SISKIND

Riddle: How many government lawyers does it take to draft a contract enforcement clause?

I don’t know the answer, but there’s only “one” possible enforcement mechanism that will motivate China to change, while also providing much-needed certainty and visibility for U.S. companies, and without creating an undue cost-burden for U.S. companies:

Fixed tariff rates on Chinese exports at or near the tariff rates and for the same scope of goods as the existing tariffs, which will act as a ceiling on tariff rates and on categories of products.

As long as China is making required purchases and implements only agreed tariff rates on U.S. exports to China, the tariff rates on Chinese goods never rise, and the scope never widens. The rates go lower and lower as China hits benchmarks on structural changes.

This the only tenable enforcement mechanism; pro-active (not re-active) tariffs. “We” started this process. “We” put the tariffs in place. As part of a settlement, we shouldn’t have to prove violations that we already know about- hence the tariffs! Why would we make a deal where we have to prove what we already know before we can levy a penalty? Why would we accept any burden of proof? China should have to prove its altered its practices.

Any purchases of U.S. goods made by China would only be made in place of goods they would buy elsewhere, anyway. There’s no downside or imposition. Moreover, our agreement to not raise tariffs further is the consideration for the new purchases. No one ever promised that 10% tariff rates were the cap. To the contrary- higher rates were always in the offing.

China can have zero tariffs in the U.S. if it stops the protectionist policies, the corporate espionage, the misappropriation of our IP, the manipulation of its currency, and the persistent arrogant defiance of a nation whose business it clearly needs; all perfectly reasonable requests from a trade partner.

It’s worth pointing-out that in all of these negotiations, China has not asked the U.S. to change any of its policies or practices. Not even one. Even China knows that we have been a generous and righteous trading partner. I’ve wondered what all of their negotiators are saying during these months of negotiations. They never seem to request anything of us. They only seem to keep asking “us” to stop asking things of “them”. The only thing we have that China wants changed is the tariffs. Why should we change that “one” thing until China changes the ten things we’ve been asking of them for years?

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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A China Trade Deal’s Effect On Stock Prices- by NEIL SISKIND

I keep hearing financial market analysts and market-watchers suggest that a trade deal sans tariffs will lead to a rally in stocks. This would be a most absurd and irrational result.

A trade deal sans tariffs would, necessarily, be paired with penalties where tariffs would be levied if China should fail to meet obligations under the deal. This would create a perpetual lack of certainty for businesses that import from China. Without certainty as to costs and supply chains, businesses that import from China can’t plan far into the future and have consistent visibility into earnings farther out than the tips of their respective corporate noses. Without visibility into earnings, how can investors calculate what a company’s stock will be worth in the future- where even the company itself can’t do so?

It’s the “cost visibility”, stupid.

This is why I have been explaining that tariffs should stay in place at a “ceiling rate” that can’t rise, but can go lower if, and only if, China proves it has executed on promises for structural changes (with an exception being that if China fails to make promised purchases, then tariff rate caps are off the table). This is the ultimate enforcement mechanism. This gives China an incentive to execute on future obligations- purchases and structural changes, both- while providing U.S. businesses with input cost certainty (at least with regard to tariffs). Without certainty on costs, businesses can’t have visibility into earnings … and then investors can’t have visibility into stock values of such businesses.

We should favor neat and clear incentives that provide certainty, over sloppy and vague benchmarks and contingent penalties.

The thought of every month, or every quarter, or every year- or whatever time period is agreed by the parties to be used to review and evaluate if benchmarks have been met by China- all of the meetings, hearings, proceedings, adjourned deadlines, empty threats, countdowns to new deadlines, etc., that could occur while businesses wait to see what, if any, tariffs may be placed on their imports, is totally untenable and unacceptable- and creates an environment that goes far beyond uncertain; and we can only assume this is the chaos and complexity with which the process would unfold. Even without any chaos or protracted reviews and discussions, businesses would still be in a position of holding their collective breath as each measurement date approaches and unfolds.

Any stock rally on a trade deal sans tariffs will be short-lived … or just, simply, baseless. The only stocks that have good reason to rise on such a deal would be China’s.

But, provide a deal where input costs in the way of tariffs are “known-knowns”- and you could see much-needed business investments that lead to productivity and growth in GDP and earnings, and, then, higher stock prices.

Stocks can rise for lots of reasons[1], but if investors believe that stocks will rise and remain elevated as the result of a U.S.-China trade deal that contains the perpetual potential for tariffs as penalties on China if China fails to follow through on its obligations …

… let those who are clairvoyant with respect to China’s subsequent behaviors cast the first bid.

A trade deal with tariffs may not see stocks rally; but neither will a deal that leaves businesses with blurry views of future costs and earnings.

And this all is to say nothing of the risks to businesses, worldwide, of China continuing with its illegal and unethical trade practices if penalties are used to ensure compliance- rather than having China prove compliance before tariffs are reduced or removed. Trade practices detrimental to U.S. businesses would be far more difficult to monitor and prevent in a no-tariff deal.

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  1. U.S. equities and fixed income markets may be affected by many other things much more than a trade deal, including central bank policies, the national debt, household debt, demographics, and liquidity. Though, business investments and earnings, vital parts of an economy that can affect all other parts of the economy, can be affected by the status of large trade relationships, keeping in mind, though, that exports are a small contributor to U.S. GDP.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Deal Or No Deal?: There Will Be No China Trade Agreement- And No Certainty- By NEIL SISKIND

If you’re making certain business and investment decisions with the hopes and expectations of a U.S.-China trade agreement, I’d urge you to curb your enthusiasm, as follows:

  1. We won’t be executing any “trade agreement” as you know one- meaning, a preferential or free trade agreement between or among parties in order to reduce (or eliminate) tariffs, quotas, and other trade restrictions on items traded between the signatories; where both, or multiple countries, loosen their trade restrictions to help out businesses so that they can prosper better between the different countries. This one-dimensional definition does not apply to the multi-dimensional U.S.-China problem. Neither party is particularly interested in helping cause the other to prosper.

The low or zero tariff rate in a true “trade agreement” are not contingent on one party making structural political, legal, and economic changes to the satisfaction of the other. A trade agreement has tariff rates (or zero rates) that are fixed and final (unless one country violates its tariff rate or manipulates the sale(s) of a category of products or of an industry to benefit its own countries’ companies and/or industries).

We don’t have an existing “trade agreement” with China. It’s not like NAFTA, where we have to replace an existing agreement. Our “agreement” with China is this: If you stop violating international laws and accepted global trade and financial practices, and prove it, you can regain access to our market, without tariffs. It’s no different than the trade agreement offered for the past year, which China has refused. There’s no reason for or benefit to the U.S. to enter into a trade agreement with China. China doesn’t honor terms, laws, or obligations. With China in violation of international laws and global trade norms and practices, and no apparent internal desire to change, we have no reason to, or benefit from, a trade agreement with China.

  1. The term “trade war” over-simplifies this dispute. This dispute’s inception was not one nation’s implementation of tariffs and barriers, or the use of subsidies or dumping, to protect a market or industry, followed by another nation’s in-kind response. It’s true that a “trade war” is one nation’s significant protectionist actions or policies met by another nation’s countervailing actions or policies. But, China’s practices are not just to protect a product or an industry, but the use of a mercantile approach, and illegal activity, and oppressive terms, to protect the entire country and close-off access to all industries by either limiting foreign ownership and requiring IP disclosures and transfers in exchange for access. This goes far beyond trade protections. China has been operating in an unacceptable manner in contravention of global practices and acceptable legal and commercial standards for many years. This is more than a trade war and tit-for-tat tariffs. It’s a broad strategy by China to steal property, circumvent laws, and unilaterally benefit from general market access which China, itself, denies, in all respects, to others. Just by virtue of subsidizing private (or supposedly private) companies in China, China is violating the very spirit of international trade and trade agreements in the most fundamental of ways. This practice is counter to the entire purpose or usefulness of trade agreements for any other country. Our tariffs on China’s goods are more like sanctions for practices and behaviors contrary to accepted global trade and international laws. It’s like China is being punished for breaking the law, and then being put on parole. Theft, corporate espionage, economy-wide subsidies, forced technology transfers, forced joint ventures- things that go beyond tariffs and single-product or single-industry protectionist trade barriers are at play.

There are barriers to operating in the Chinese markets that affect all aspects of commerce, law, trade, and monetary policy. Our disagreements and disputes with China should never have been labeled a “trade war” by the media or by the White House or Congress. This is an all-out disagreement about cultures, values, laws, and economic and political structures. We are at war with China in every conceivable way over every conceivable issue, which has led to tariffs, counter-tariffs, and a “trade war” as a symptom, or result of the differences. The tariffs on China are in response to all of our grievances, and are not just tariffs in response to tariffs (or other industry or product-specific measures). If you add in theft, espionage, currency manipulation, trade route military tensions, and tensions over geographical control, such in over Taiwan and North Korea, China is as much an enemy of the U.S. as is any other nation we consider to be an enemy.

When you look at the situation through this lens, you see why we can’t expect a typical, or easy, or immediate, resolution, as you might see in a “trade war”, but, rather a solution that is more multifaceted and multidimensional, and multi-year, in nature.

  1. If China really wants a trade agreement, and truly plans to change, why show up at the G-20 entirely empty-handed, even with tariffs in place and with new tariffs being threatened.
  2. Allies enter into trade agreements to expand and guaranty free trade relationships. Adversaries do not enter into trade agreements as a way to resolve animosities and differences. Disputes are not settled with trade agreements. Trade agreements, like any other agreements, require signatures- but also mutual respect and trust … and these elements do not exist between the parties.
  3. I take President Xi Jinping’s recent comment related to nothing interfering with its determined policy on Taiwan as a strong warning to the U.S. “Foreign interference in China’s Taiwan reunification issue is intolerable”, Xi said. There are more than tariff and economic issues separating the parties, including tensions in the South China Sea and a struggle for power and influence over North Korea.
  4. So- if we make no trade “agreement”, what about a trade “deal“?

It depends on what you consider a “deal”. A real “deal”  has “certainty” and “finality” of obligations and expectations. A temporary “deal”, or a “deal” with conditions and contingencies that go beyond one party must act to obligate the other to act, lacks “certainty” and “finality”, and is not good for businesses. There can be no permanence, and, thus, no certainty for businesses (and for investors) if a deal has numerous and complex unilateral requirements that take months or even years to prove. That is not much more than a punch-list of items that are hopefully executed on. A valuable “deal” with regard to and for businesses, must have “finality”, “certainty”, in the short or medium terms, and clear rules of engagement, such that supply-side business planning and investment that stimulates economic growth is incentivized and can flourish. A “springing deal”, one that takes effect only if other contingencies are satisfied, is hardly “certain”.  “deal” where tariffs can be re-established if China fails to meet its obligations and convenants of any kind is cause for concern of a lack of “certainty”.

Even if China completely capitulates, in many ways, or even in all ways, there still will be no “final” and “certain” “deal”. Unless the President completely abandons his concerns and principles on China’s trade practices and economic structure, China will have to pay tariffs for access to our market until new policies and compliance begin, and are verified with benchmarks, standards, and inspections. Changed practices, especially on allowing foreign majority ownership in all industries, can only be established through a pattern of many transactions, which, by definition, will require time.

From a legal perspective, a “promise by one party in exchange for a promise by a counter-party” creates a binding agreement. But, from a business planning perspective, without “finality” and “certainty”, such as a deal based on promises to act in the future, rather than on actions that can and will be immediately taken and proven, can it really be said that a useful deal has been made for businesses, one upon which accurate business investments, capex, and quantifiable capital risks can occur?

Ask yourself this: Does it “feel” like China wants to go along with our rules and requirements? Does it “feel” like China wants to be a party to our version of a trade agreement or trade deal? How can you do business with a party that will resent you day-in and day-out for making it act and operate as you dictate?

The more U.S. products that China agrees to purchase, the more persuaded I am that it wants to avoid non-trade related topics or changes. China’s leaders no doubt believe that if they target the Trump administration’s financial sensibilities, they can avoid more significant legal, economic, and political changes as part of a trade deal.

I suspect there will be a temporary tariff deal with China (on, or in 60 days from March 1) where we will lower our impending 25% rate on China’s goods to 10% or 15% with a time frame (1-3 years) for China to alter its practices, while China, immediately, removes all tariffs on our goods- particularly, any retaliatory tariffs- and, immediately, makes an agreed amount of purchases of U.S. products. No greater reduction of tariffs will be made before China completes its promises- and the rate could rise in 1-3 years if China fails to meet its obligations. Any “deal” would be a “China goes first” deal. President Trump will not allow China to rebuild itself through access to our market with the risk that China is bluffing and defaults on its obligations in 3 months, or 6 months, or 3 years, or 6 years. China’s changes must be tested, proven, and certain.

If an announcement comes from the Trump administration that a “deal” has been reached- look beyond the headline print … and read the fine print. You can call something a “deal”, even without the necessary elements and benefits of one. But, just because you call a daisy a rose- it does not make it one. China may never be able or desirous of meeting the terms of a “deal”.

No FAKE DEALS, Mr. President!

7. What’s past is prologue. Since the G20, China has done nothing to show good faith or to gain our trust or show any intention to change:

It has not passed a law to stop its people from mailing Fentanyl to Americans, as promised.

It agreed to implement only a “temporary” auto tariff reduction, and only back to the level where it already wrongly was- and hasn’t even done it.

And, oh … yes …  China bought some edamame from us.

Are these the bases for all our hopes?

8. President Trump has not exactly been solidifying agreements during his presidency: N. Korea denuclearization, China auto tariffs and Fentanyl laws, repeal of Obamacare, USMCA finalization, the full length of a border wall … this president’s track record for finalizing agreements is unimpressive.

 

Some people (in particular, equities analysts and traders and asset and portfolio managers seeking any reason for stocks to rise) think that this is now about optics– and that any sort of positive announcement on the relationship and the resulting good optics will be enough for the markets and for America. Those people would be wrong. This is about revenues, and margins, and the economy. Optics won’t help with business planning and visibility. Stocks can never do well over time without good earnings- which require reasonable levels of visibility into costs, customers, pricing, and supply chain management issues. Sure, stocks might rally on news of “a deal” … but earnings will be the ultimate decider. Anything other than a binary approach- to either raise tariffs to a fixed long-term rate (at least until all required changes are made), or to totally forego any tariffs on China in exchange for certain immediately proven actions- will cause a continued lack of certainty and visibility for businesses.

Keep two thing in mind when your optimism tells you that we may soon have a trade agreement or final and certain trade deal with China:

First, we still haven’t even been able to finalize a trade agreement or trade deal with Canada and Mexico!

Second, the Trump administration can’t even reach an agreement on international issues (immigration) with the Democrat party …

… and you’re banking on one being reached with the Communist party?

 

 

 

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endnote

China made an enormous miscalculation with retaliatory tariffs to our retaliatory tariffs. Our initial tariffs were in retaliation to years of unfair and illegal trade practices by China, which we have been complaining about for decades, through several presidential administrations. For China to retaliate to our tariffs for China’s activities and practices that we explained and complained were unfair, and to which we were retaliating, was an act of complete disregard for international relations, international law, international practices, and for the interests or concerns of any other nation except for its own. Rather than address our retaliatory tariffs, China chose to challenge us, attempt to one-up us, antagonize us, and create a riff in relations, with the goal of continuing its practices of IP theft, corporate espionage, and protectionism, and ransacking our technological innovations; and China’s economy is paying a price for its leaders’ arrogance and decision to agitate an enemy, rather than cooperate with the world. Perhaps the Chinese leadership needs to re-read Sun Tzu’s advice in The Art of War about understanding the enemy- and one’s self. Or perhaps, in the long run, China will prevail in its long-term ambitions. Only time will tell. After all, Sun Tzu’s strategies are long-term ones that are grounded in fortitude, farsightedness … and patience.

 

There Will Be No China Trade Deal!- by NEIL SISKIND

First of all, we never had a China trade deal in the past. It’s not like NAFTA, where we need to replace something that we have. We don’t need a “trade deal” with China. The “deal” is this: “Stop breaking the law and defying international trade rules and practices, and then we will accept your products without tariffs”. That is the “deal”. We should not be signing anything- unless China agrees to buy, and then actually buys, a whole load of U.S. products.

Even then, China has to go first. We should not provide access to our markets without tariffs and help China to keep growing until we see changes in important behaviors- which will take months- really, years. We should not allow China to get its footing back, and get itself back on its path of world conquest, just to find out that it isn’t doing what it promised- again. How about: “No trust and verify”.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Trade: China Is Ruining The World- by NEIL SISKIND

The U.S. did nothing wrong to China. China has had years of protectionism, mercantilism, and illegal behaviors, and has refused and declined to abide by international expectations, laws, and activities related to trade- and has failed to allow fair and equal access to its markets.

The U.S. responded (finally) to these protectionist and illegal activities, with tariffs.

China should have stopped there and started negotiating with us.

This would have been difficult enough for China.

But, instead, it chose to retaliate to our retaliation to their protectionist, illegal, and mercantilism-style activities (after many years of patience on our part)- which showed the world what China really is- a bad actor on the global stage that is just looking for power and trouble.

And now it is starting even more trouble by asserting power over Taiwan.

China is a troublemaker nation. It has no respect for national autonomy- except for its own- and has no respect for law, human rights, being a member of a global community- or anything right or just. It deserves its recent decline- and we are right to stand strong.

China should never have retaliated to our initial tariffs. It was arrogant, greedy, short-sighted, and detrimental to its own goals in all respects- and harmful to world peace.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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“Synchronized Global Growth” Is Now “Synchronized Global Slowth™”

A phrase first coined in 2018 New York City business attorney, Neil Steven Siskind, “synchronized global slowth™” (or “synchronous slowth™”) is the occurrence or condition of multiple emerging market and developed market economies commencing a downward trajectory of economic and GDP growth, or actually contracting to a point of slow, stagnant, or negative economic and GDP growth, at simultaneous, or nearly simultaneous times, largely, or, at least in part, due to rising interest rates and/or stricter lending regulations (such as rising reserve requirement ratios and stricter bank balance sheet requirements) in the larger, more developed or fully developed economies, such as the United States and China, resulting in diminished liquidity in those economies, and, thus, diminished liquidity and less available dollars in smaller, or emerging economies, in turn. Slowing consumer demand and business spending in the larger more developed economies that result from a constrictive monetary policy, results in less export business for the smaller emerging economies which often depend on the larger economies to buy their goods, and in further economic slowth. Rising interest rates in the larger developed markets force weaker emerging markets to, likewise, consider raising their own interest rates to protect their respective currencies, even as their economies weaken- further expanding the breadth and enhancing the depth of global economic slowth. Currency issues resulting from rising rates or tighter lending rules, play a particularly large role in “synchronized global slowth” as the U.S. dollar strengthens from rising interest rates, making repayment of the dollar-denominated debt of many countries more costly to repay, creating additional global slowth. Political factors, such as trade disputes in large economies leading to trade barriers, including, tariffs, may also play a role in the occurrence of “synchronized global slowth”.

There’s No China Trade Deal Coming- By NEIL SISKIND

The term “trade deal” is being thrown around by the media. There will be no “trade deal” as we know it. At best, if China makes the required changes, we would go back to the prior manner of doing business before the tariffs. We never had a China “trade deal” before, and don’t need one. At most, we’d have a reversion to prior business- with benchmarks and verifications. We have no reason to promise anything to China for their agreement to act as a fair trading partner and provide to us what we’ve been providing to them- law and order, market access, and free and fair markets. There’s no “deal” for us to sign on that. They just have to do it.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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