Jon has practiced for 30 years and has experience as an international business and trade attorney and litigator, focusing on sensitive investigations, voluntary and directed self-disclosures, penalties and enforcement, compliance, and litigation related to Customs, export controls, economic sanctions, FCPA/antibribery, government procurement matters, and Section 232, Section 301, and antidumping/countervailing trade remedy duties. He also advises clients on issues involving international trade and federal government contracts such as the FAR/DFARS, the Berry Amendment, the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, as well as Made in USA claims administered and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Jon’s client base includes U.S. and non-U.S. publicly-traded and privately-held multinational companies to middle market leaders and small businesses. He has handled complex matters across a wide range of industries, including, among others, advanced manufacturing; advanced materials; aerospace and defense; automotive; chemicals; distribution; electronics; energy; medical device; oil/gas; optics, photonics and imaging (OPI); steel and specialty metals; textiles and apparel; and transportation/logistics sectors.
In his international trade and Customs practice, Jon regularly represents clients in sensitive investigations, detentions, seizures, enforcement, licensing, and ruling proceedings 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 Commission (ITC), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Control Reform Enforcement Act (ECRA), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Jon also has significant experience handling complex international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration cases, representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies, as well as professional sports agents and athletes, on matters involving breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, violations of federal and state laws and regulations, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and transportation and supply chain disputes, including issues such as The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, Incoterms®, the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG or “Vienna Convention”).
Immediately before joining Flannery | Georgalis, Jon served as Special Counsel for a highly regarded mid-size New York State law firm, co-leading its International Business Law practice, and previously operated his own firm for nearly 25 years. While leading his own firm, Jon handled auto theft and fire claim investigations for the Special Investigations Unit of a major auto insurer, taking examinations under oath and working with forensic investigators, as well as conducting sensitive investigations for clients relating to allegations of fraud and other intentional misconduct.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1990)
Canisius College, cum laude (B.A., History, Honors, 1987)
District of Columbia
District of Maryland
Eastern District of Michigan
Northern District of Ohio
Southern District of Ohio
Western District of New York
U.S. Court of International Trade
6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Ohio Federal Court Upholds ICDR Arbitration Award in Favor of Chinese Party, Lexology, Beyond Dispute, Phillips Lytle LLP, May 2017
U.S. Trade Court: Flashlight for U.S. Military is Chinese-Origin Under Buy American Act, Lexology, January 2017
The Future of NAFTA Under President-elect Trump, Lexology, Global Coverage, Special Post-Election Capitol Edition, Phillips Lytle LLP, December 2016
Export Compliance Reminder: Harmonized Destination Controls Statement, Lexology, International Client Alert, Phillips Lytle LLP, November 2016
Panelist, International Trade, Business and Human Rights, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Global Business Law Review Symposium, Cleveland, March 2021
Presenter, Customs, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions: Core Concepts & Current Trends, State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, February 2021
Presenter, Tariffs and Ohio Businesses, Ohio State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, December 2020
Presenter, Export Controls Update: COVID-19 Version, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Workshop, Rochester, NY, September 2020
Panelist, ICYMI: Federal Agency Enforcement Developments During COVID-19, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section, September 2020
Panelist, Export Controls, Returning to the Moon: Legal Challenges as Humanity Begins to Settle the Solar System, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Global Business Law Review Symposium, Cleveland, March 2020
Moderator, Understanding Incoterms® 2020, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, Buffalo, February 2020
Presenter, Understanding Your Export Controls and Sanctions Responsibilities, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Workshop, Rochester, NY, November 2019
Presenter, Understanding the Impact and Complexities of Tariffs, The Ohio Society of CPAs, Cleveland Accounting Show, October 2019
Presenter, Trade War: An Update on Timely Tariff Issues, FEI Rochester CPE Day Workshop, May 2019
Moderator, Global Business Opportunities and Compliance Challenges, Buffalo Business First State of the Region Breakfast, May 2019
Presenter, The Impact of Tariffs and Trade Agreements on International Trade, KeyBank Seminar Series, March 2019
Presenter, International Commercial Agent and Distributorship Agreements: Getting It Right and Avoiding Costly Surprises, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Workshop Series, Rochester, NY, March 2019
Presenter, Economic Sanctions: (Fewer) Opportunities and (Growing) Compliance Challenges, Buffalo World Trade Association Meeting, Buffalo, February 2019
Panelist, What Levy Is Driving Your Chevy? The Impact of Tariffs and Other Governmental Policy, Turnaround Management Association West Michigan Event, Grand Rapids, February 2019
Presenter, Export Control Reform Act of 2018, Cleveland Foreign Credit Group, Cleveland, November 2018
Presenter, Export Control Reform Update, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Hot Topics Roundtable, Rochester, NY, June 2018
Presenter, Priority Trade Issues and Enforcement, Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, Trade Fest, Syracuse, NY, April 2018
Presenter, Buy American Act, Made in USA & Country of Origin Marking: Know the Differences, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Workshop, Rochester, NY, March 2018
Presenter, 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, Buffalo, February 2018
Presenter, Import/Export Updates, Phillips Lytle LLP, International Practice Seminar, Buffalo, January 2018