John Peterson has practiced international trade and Customs law since 1977, and has enjoyed every minute of it. His practice embraces all phases of trade law, from counseling and import planning, to representation of clients before government agencies, and litigation in United States and foreign courts. Each new engagement allows him to learn about different industries, products, technologies and people. Whether the practice of law takes him to a high rise office tower in Asia, a factory on a Caribbean Island, or the control room of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, he relishes the opportunity to help clients solve problems and improve their operation.

John regularly represents foreign and domestic clients beforeUnited States Customs and Border Protection, the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Department of Commerce, the Foreign Trade Zones Board the Office of United States Trade Representative, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Departments of State and Treasury. He also assists clients with issues arising before foreign Customs authorities and international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization.

He has litigated hundreds of cases before United States courts, especially the United States Court of International Trade and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has also argued cases in the courts of several foreign countries.

John has extensive experience in antidumping and countervailing duty matters, export controls and protection of intellectual property rights in international trade. He has served as a United States Panelist under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has written scholarly articles published in the United States and abroad, and is a frequent speaker on customs and trade topics.

He is married and has a son.

Proving that his enthusiasm for difficult but heroic causes is not limited to the courtroom, John can often be found rooting enthusiastically for the New York Mets, Fordham University basketball and Arsenal Football Club.

Practice Areas:
International Trade and Customs Law
Federal Administrative Law

J.D., Fordham University, 1977
B.S., Fordham University, 1974

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1978
U.S. Court of International Trade, 1978
U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York, 1979
U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Professional Activities:
Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association (Committee on International Trade Appeals; Committee on Pro Se and Pro Bono Appeals);

Member, Customs and International Trade Bar Association (Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Professional Responsibility; Trial and Appellate Practice Committee);

Panelist, U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement Dispute Resolution Panel;
United States Panelist in several binational dispute resolution proceedings under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
Member, Moot Court Board;

New York County Independent Democratic Judicial Screening Panel.

“Custom’s Treatment of Royalties & License Fees in the United States”;

Japan Tariff Association CIPIC Journal, Vol. 3;

“Civil Customs Penalties under Section 592 of the Tariff Act: Current Practice & the Need for Further Reform”, 18 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 679;

“The Harmonized System: A Major Change for U.S. Exporters and Importers”, The Export Adviser Awareness Report;

Contributing Columnist, International Business;

Articles Editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal;

Sponsor, Fordham International Law Journal.

New York, NY

Phone: (212) 635-2730