A government attorney with more than 20 years of experience in international, business, customs, and immigration law, Colleen Piccone presently serves as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Appointed to the position in 1998, Colleen Piccone oversees the Baltimore, Boston, and New York offices. Ms. Piccone has provided legal counsel to lead field officers regarding the interpretation and application of American law in customs, IPR, immigration, labor, and other areas. Maintaining consistent communication with the Department of Justice, she ensures good relations and cooperation for CBP litigations. In addition to managing employee training and reviewing ethics matters, Ms. Piccone provides on call support to field officers. She has earned repeated recognition for her endeavors and was most recently presented with the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Award.Throughout her career, Colleen Piccone has undertaken additional responsibilities with unique projects that required her expertise. In 2003, she took leave from her New York office to establish the first legal division for the thousands of Special Agents assigned to DHS. She served as the Director of the Customs Enforcement Law Division in Washington, D.C., and designed a training regimen that educated federal agents about legal matters and applications. Providing commentary on draft legislation and regulations, Colleen Piccone advised the Director of Investigations and the Deputy Director of Financial Investigations for DHS as well as the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about custom enforcement issues. Recognized for her contributions, she earned an award for her efforts in Washington from the Principal Legal Advisor of ICE. Colleen Piccone also received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Special Assistant in 1999 when she served with the Frauds Division of the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.