Jon P. Yormick

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Jon P. Yormick
Managing Attorney

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Areas of Practice: Canada Practice; Customs & International Trade; Export Controls & Economic Sanctions; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/Antibribery; International Commercial Agreements; International Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience: Founder of the firm and Managing Attorney, Jon Yormick is an experienced international business and trade lawyer, practicing for more than 20 years.  In his International Trade and Customs practice, Mr. Yormick represents U.S. and foreign clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  His clients include those in the advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, aerospace and defense, distribution, electronics, energy, medical device, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, professional services, steel, textiles and apparel, and transportation/logistics sectors.

He regularly advises and represents clients on matters such as compliance programs, due diligence reviews, investigations, penalty proceedings, export licensing of defense and “dual use” items and technologies, Technical Assistance and Manufacturing License Agreements, economic sanctions and trade embargoes, export licensing of foods, medicine and medical devices under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA), prior and voluntary self-disclosures of violations, ruling requests, Commodity Jurisdiction determinations, and scope rulings and administrative reviews regarding antidumping/countervailing duty orders.

Mr. Yormick’sinternational business practice includes reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a variety of international commercial agreements, emphasizing litigation avoidance, liability limitation, tariff reduction, Free Trade Agreement, and other risk management and cost reduction strategies.  He also advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery/anti-corruption regimes, such as the UK Bribery Act (UKBA) and Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including compliance programs and practices, as well as laws relating to international trade and federal government contracts such as the Berry Amendment, the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, and the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule.  His Canada Practice focuses on assisting Canadian and U.S. companies doing cross-border business through distributorships, commercial agents, branch offices, subsidiaries, and other strategic alliances.

Mr. Yormick alsohandles international commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation.  He represents U.S. and foreign companies in disputes involving claims for breach of contract, warranty, and personal guarantees, cargo damage, conversion, fraud, insurance coverage, non-competition, and unjust enrichment.  He has represented foreign businesses from a number of countries including Australia, Bolivia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Netherlands, and Spain.

Selected Articles and Presentations: 

Doing Business in Iran?: Lessons Learned from Recent OFAC Penalty Settlements, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, April 2013

Export Control Reform: An Update, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, April 2013 (with Mark J. Sundahl, Esq.)

Webinar, Preparing for Compliance and Enforcement under Export Control Reform, FCIB-NACM, February 2014

Buffalo, New York, Navigating Economic Sanctions Successfully, Buffalo World Trade Association, January 2014

Buffalo, New York, Export Control Reform, Revisited, International Trade Seminar, Daemen College and Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, January 2014

Buffalo, New York, An Antibribery Primer for SMEs: The FCPA, Corrupt Foreign Public Officials Act (Canada), and the UK Bribery Act, SBA Buffalo District, International Trade Task Force, December 2013

Rochester, New York, ITAR/EAR Roundtable, Greater Rochester Enterprise, International Business Council, October and April 2013

Cleveland, Ohio, Preparing for Compliance and Enforcement under Export Control Reform, Cleveland Foreign Credit Group, October 2013

Albany, New York, What Immigration Lawyers Should Know About Export Controls, AILA Upstate New York Chapter, Annual Northern Border Immigration Fall CLE Conference, September 2013

Cleveland, Ohio, The Importer’s Duty of Reasonable Care: Avoiding Customs Penalties, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section CLE Conference: Challenges Facing Legal Counsel When Companies Think and Act Globally, May 2013

Buffalo, New York, Writing and Negotiating International Commercial Agent and Distributorship Agreements, 3-Part Series: Are Your International Agreements Legal?, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, October – December 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, Busting Myths About DDTC Registration, Co-Presenter, Mark J. Sundahl, Of Counsel, Ohio Aerospace Institute Member Roundtable, September 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, Export Controls in Cross-Border Agreements, GlobalTarget, Cleveland State University, July 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Economic Sanctions Update: Know the Rules or Pay the Price, Global Forum, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section, April 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, Exercising Caution While Doubling Exports: Know the Rules or Pay the Price, GlobalTarget, Cleveland State University, January 2012

Cleveland, Ohio, ITAR & Aerospace- Getting it Right on Legal Compliance, Ohio International Aerospace Business Event: Expanding Markets and Doing Aerospace Business in the UK and Europe,Ohio Aerospace Institute and UK Trade & Investment, November 2011

Cleveland, Ohio, ITAR in the H.R. Department: Recent Developments and Lessons Learned to Share with H.R. Managers, ITAR Workshop, U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Assistance Center, September 2011

Cleveland, Ohio, Overview of UK Bribery Act 2010 and its Impact on U.S. Companies, Global Forum, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section, June 2011

Ashland, Ohio, Legal Considerations for Ohio Exporters: Focus on Distributorship Agreements,Manufacturing Export Resources Conference, Ashland University, May 2011

Cleveland, Ohio, ITAR and EAR Updates for Aerospace Companies, Ohio Aerospace Institute Member Roundtable, April 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Managing U.S. Legal Risks for Canadian Companies: Litigation, Arbitration, and Import-Export Regulations, Soberman LLP, October 2010

Cleveland, Ohio, How Export Controls Impact Research: A Look at Export Controls after U.S. v. Roth; Ohio Aerospace Institute Roundtable, June 2010

Buffalo, New York, What Business Lawyers Should Know About U.S. Export Controls, Erie Institute of Law, Bar Association of Erie County, April 2009

Cleveland, Ohio, Penetrating Foreign Markets: Opportunities and Challenges for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers, Ohio Aerospace Institute, December 2008

Binghamton, New York, Expanding Globally: Legal Considerations for Exporting Companies, U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, Buffalo, October 2006

Cleveland, Ohio, Legal Compliance for Imports and Exports, Ohio Asian American Chamber of Commerce, March 2006

Professional Associations: In 2014, Mr. Yormick was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce as a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council, and was selected for the LL.M. Advisory Board of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration International Trade Task Force – Buffalo District Office.  Since 2010, he has served as the Coordinator in Buffalo and Cleveland of the Export Legal Assistance Network, a nationwide network of attorney volunteers organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the SBA, and the Federal Bar Association to provide free initial consultations to identify key legal issues for exporting companies.

Honors/Awards: Mr. Yormickholds a Peer Rating of BV® Distinguished™ from Martindale-Hubbell.  He was recognized by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal’s 2013 Legal Elite of Western New York, selected for the field of international law.  In 2009, he served as Chairman of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara’s World Trade Celebration annual event and was the 2007 Member of the Year, Cleveland Foreign Credit Group.

Bar Associations: Mr. Yormick is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law and a member of the Customs Law Committee, the Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee, and serves as Vice-Chair of Membership of the Canada Committee. He is an active member and immediate past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section (2011-13), as well as a member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, and D.C. Bar Association.

Admitted to Practice: 

District of Columbia
New York

U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


B.A., cum laude, Honors in History, Canisius College
J.D., Case Western Reserve University, School of Law

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