Damon V. Pike
Damon V. Pike is President of The Customs Law Firm, P.A., a boutique law firm headquartered in Jupiter, Florida that specializes in customs and international trade consulting and litigation. The firm helps multinational companies navigate the complex rules governing the cross-border movement of goods and services, with the goal of minimizing duty, VAT, and excise tax payments, while maximizing corporate trade compliance to eliminate the risk of costly and time-consuming audits, investigations, and penalty cases. Special emphasis (for which Mr. Pike is a recognized global authority) is placed on harmonizing income tax transfer pricing policies vis-à-vis customs valuation requirements as part of designing in-house customs and trade compliance programs. The firm also offers other services to address any customs and trade problem that arises, including litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. It also has a well-established informal network of customs and trade advisors in every major trading jurisdiction to deliver results no matter where issues surface.
Prior to launching his own firm in 2006, Mr. Pike spent 13 years with Deloitte (the world’s largest professional services firm), which tenure included a four-year term as National Director of Customs Services. From 1990-1993, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the Atlanta-based law firm of Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend), where he specialized in antidumping and countervailing duty actions. Mr. Pike also has experience in the legislative and judicial branches of the federal government. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Kenton Musgrave at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City, and worked on the Capitol Hill staff of U.S. Congressman (and later U.S. Senator) James T. Broyhill of North Carolina.
Mr. Pike is admitted to the Bars of Georgia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia as well as to the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Pike is a licensed U.S. Customhouse broker and belongs to the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. He served on the Exporters’ Textile Advisory Committee upon appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997 - 2006. In 2015, the Secretary appointed Mr. Pike to the District Export Council for the State of Georgia for the term ending in 2019. Mr. Pike served on the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center’s annual International Trade Update from 2005 - 2015. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University in Atlanta, where he teaches “Customs Law & Administration.” His textbook entitled “Customs Law” (the first of its kind in the U.S.) was published by the Carolina Academic Press in 2012; the second edition was published in 2017. He was Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association from 2011-2013.
Mr. Pike earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Duke University in 1984, having also studied international business at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. Mr. Pike received a postgraduate fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service for study at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He obtained his law degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1989.
Jang-Hwan “Jay” Cho
Jang-Hwan "Jay" Cho is an Associate with The Customs Law Firm, P.A., where he focuses on customs and international trade consulting and compliance. Mr. Cho assists client with issues such as tariff classification, customs valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, Free Trade Agreements, and compliance with export regulations. He is a former summer intern with The Pike Law Firm, P.C.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cho grew up and lived in South Korea and Canada. He graduated from Ridley College, Canada and attended the University of Toronto, Canada. After two years of military service in South Korea, he went on to earn his juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law, where he served as a research/teaching assistant for Professor Steve Y.S. Lee focusing his research on various WTO disputes and Trans-Pacific Partnerships. Mr. Cho also obtained the Emory’s Transactional Law Certificate (a program designed to prepare practice-ready transactional attorneys through robust coursework and drafting experiences). Mr. Cho is admitted to the New York State Bar. He is fluent in both English and Korean.
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The Customs Law Firm Affiliations
The Customs Law Firm, P.A. and/or its attorneys are affiliated with the following organizations:
• American Bar Association (International Law Section)
• Atlanta International Forwarders & Brokers Association
• German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.
• Customs and International Trade Bar Association
• State Bar of Georgia (International Section)