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: Mr. Yormick is an experienced international business and trade attorney, practicing for more than 25 years.  In his Customs & International Trade practice, Mr. Yormick represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), 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), the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and with colleagues in Mexico, the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He has represented clients in the advanced manufacturing; advanced materials; aerospace and defense; automotive; distribution; electronics; energy; medical device; oil/gas; optics, photonics and imaging (OPI); steel and specialty metals; textiles and apparel; and transportation/logistics sectors.

Mr. Yormick 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.

His international business practice involves preparing, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of international commercial agreements relating to commercial agent, distributorship, licensing, manufacturing, supplier, transportation and other strategic alliances, emphasizing litigation avoidance, limitation of liability, tariff reduction, savings under Free Trade Agreements, and other risk management and cost reduction strategies. Mr. Yormick 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 and the Trade Agreements Act.

Since 2015, Mr. Yormick has served as Special Counsel – Customs & International Trade, at Phillips Lytle LLP, helping the firm to win the prestigious President’s “E” Award of Export Services.

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.)

Rochester, New York, Export Controls and Foreign Investment Legislation Update, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Hot Topics Roundtable, Phillips Lytle LLP, June 2018

Buffalo, New York, How EAR and ITAR Export Control Laws govern ‘Deemed Exports,’ Intersections of International Trade and Immigration: Current & Proposed Changes, Erie Institute of Law CLE Event,
February 2018

Rochester, New York, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Hot Topics Roundtable, Phillips Lytle LLP, October 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, co-presenter, U.S. Export Controls & Denied Party Screening: Who, When, What, Why, Where & How?” U.S. Commercial Service Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series 2017 Europe & Beyond, September 2017

Rochester, New York, International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) Fact vs. Myth!, Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), April 2017

Webinar, Navigating Economic Sanctions: The First 60 Days of the Trump Administration, Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB), March 2017

Rochester, New York, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Developments, ITAR & EAR Expert Roundtable, March 2017

Buffalo, New York, President Trump: Issues, Risks and the Future of Global Business, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN), January 2017

Kitchener, Ontario, What Canadian Companies and Legal Counsel Should Know about
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enforcement, Tax & Trade: Cross Border Business 101,” International Law Practitioners of Waterloo Region (InPOWR), December 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, Planning and Beginning a Career in Trade Law — The Current Market for Trade Lawyers, Trade Law Enforcement and Justice in Changing Times: A Practitioner-Focused Conference on United States International Trade Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Conference, October 2016

Rochester, New York, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations Reforms, ITAR & EAR Expert Roundtable, October 2016

Buffalo, New York, Legal Aspects of International Trade, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN), Global Business Administration (GBA) Program, August 2016

Rochester, New York, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Reforms, ITAR & EAR Expert Roundtable, April 2016

Webinar, The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) Proposal: Significant International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) Amendment, The Knowledge Group Live Webcast, March 2016

“The Growing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market,” Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Event, December 2015

“Trans-Pacific Partnership,” U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Buffalo District’s International Trade Task Force Holiday Meeting, December 2015

Miami, Florida, Compliance and Global Fraud,” Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB) 26th Annual Global Conference, October 2015

Buffalo, New York, “Legal Aspects of International Trade,” World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara’s Global Business Administration Program, October 2015

Rochester, New York, To Press Your Luck: Latest Changes to Sanctions Against Cuba, Russia, and Iran, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors International Trade Day, September 2015

Webinar, Navigating Economic Sanctions…Successfully, Compliance & Ethics Webinar, Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB), August 2015

Rochester, New York, Busting Myths About DDTC (ITAR) Registration, Monroe Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, Economic Sanctions: Opportunities and Compliance Challenges, Cleveland – Marshall College of Law, Sixth Annual Global Business Law Review Symposium, Banks to the Future, March 2015

Valley City, Ohio, NAFTA Primer, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Client, In-House Training, February 2015

Sanborn, New York, Benefitting From NAFTA and Other FTAs, International Trade Seminar, Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, November 2014

Rochester, New York, , ITAR/EAR Roundtable, Greater Rochester Enterprise, International Business Council, October 2014

Baltimore, Maryland, Navigating Economic Sanctions . . . Successfully, FCIB 25th Annual Global Conference, October 2014

Cleveland, Ohio, Benefitting From NAFTA and Other FTAs, International Trade Seminar, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, August 2014

Rochester, New York, Select Advanced Exports Issues Faced Each Day in the Life of an Overworked Export Compliance Professional, 2014 Upstate New York Trade Conference & Expo, Greater Rochester Enterprise, International Business Council, June 2014

Orlando, Florida, Navigating Economic Sanctions . . . Successfully, NACM 118th Credit Congress & Expo, June 2014

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 served as Vice-Chair of the Canada Committee. He was past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section (2011-13), and is a member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, and D.C. Bar Association.

Admitted to Practice: 

District of Columbia
Maryland
Michigan
New York
Ohio

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

Education:

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

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