Jon Fee focuses his practice on customs and international trade matters, with a particular emphasis on preferential trade programs, free trade agreements and U.S. trade legislation. He has extensive experience in trade issues affecting textiles, apparel, aircraft, heavy equipment and electronics.
Mr. Fee is a licensed customs broker and teaches preparation courses for the national customs broker exam. Mr. Fee has spoken frequently in the United States, Asia, Central America and Africa on U.S. trade policy and free trade agreements. He is active in community service and chairs the firm’s Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Committee.
Mr. Fee received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Emory University in 1974. He is a member of the American, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations, and admitted to practice in the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Fee is listed in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America©.
- Successfully litigated against prior certification for duty-free imports under the Civil Aircraft Agreement and authored the U.S. tariff schedule note on imports of civil aircraft and parts.
- Obtained a short supply treatment of textile articles under NAFTA, CAFTA, and trade preference programs covering sub-Saharan African, Caribbean and Andean countries.
- Counsel to a variety of importers in audits, investigations, seizures, penalties, protests and rulings.
- Successfully represented U.S. clients in NAFTA origin verifications conducted by the Mexican government.
- Successfully represented a U.S. importer in the investigation of a radioactive contamination event.
- Authored key provisions of trade preference legislation.
This week: Competing approaches to trade negotiations. The White House revealed a 24-point checklist for what it would consider a model trade agreement. House Democrats quickly countered with their own proposal for improving trade enforcement. Congressional Republicans have pushed back on both, but there is some bipartisan support where the plans dovetail.
March 28, 2017
This week: The global backlash against Trump trade. As the Administration continues its calls for renegotiating all existing free trade agreements, America’s trade partners begin to talk among themselves—without the U.S. How will the U.S. economy react when American exporters find themselves at a competitive disadvantage across the globe?
March 21, 2017
This week: NAFTA renegotiation is on its way. The Trump Administration has set a mid-March date to notify Congress of its intention to renegotiate NAFTA, which would trigger a 90-day period of review under the TPA. But with the President’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative stalled in the Senate, who will lead the charge?
March 7, 2017
Recent lawsuits have proven familiar customs laws are more complicated under the False Claims Act, FIRREA and California consumer laws. Our International Trade Group has the details on structuring your compliance programs.
January 29, 2015
This advisory discusses the United States Court of Federal Claims granting Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (“SpaceX”) motion for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the United States Air Force and United Launch Services, LLC (ULS), a joint venture between The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation, and their affiliates, from making any purchases from or payment to the Russian company NPO Energomash, or any other entity subject to the “control” of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, unless the court receives the opinion of the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Commerce and State that such purchases or payments will not directly or indirectly contravene U.S. sanctions.
May 5, 2014
- Chairman of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
- Member of the Executive Committee and board member for Bread for the City
- Board member and former president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society
- Board member of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- American Apparel Producers Network
- United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
- National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association
- American Apparel and Footwear Association, former chair of the Government Relations Committee