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Gregory C. Dorris

Gregory C. Dorris is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team and of the firm’s Italian Desk. Mr. Dorris is experienced in the areas of international trade policy, litigation and regulatory work, including customs, export controls and economic sanctions. Representative work includes:

  • advising domestic and foreign parties on various import and export regulatory matters, including issues before the U.S. Department of Defense, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • helping companies to obtain commodity jurisdiction determinations and necessary export licenses, to make voluntary disclosures of violations of the export control laws, to respond to agency investigations of violations, and to implement export control compliance programs
  • assisting companies when goods have been excluded or seized by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection under violations of customs laws or other U.S. laws, including negotiations over return of seized property
  • assisting importers in determining the correct classification and country of origin marking of imported merchandise, preparing customs compliance programs and counseling importers during customs audits, including audits under NAFTA by all three signatory countries
  • representing U.S. petitioners and foreign respondents in antidumping and countervailing duty actions before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade and NAFTA panels; representative industries include lumber, cement, sulfanilic acid, magnesium, manganese sulfate, cookware and red raspberries
  • advising and representing domestic industry complainants and U.S. and foreign respondents in Section 337 investigations and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; representative industries include antifriction bearings, foam masking tape, and rubber chemicals
  • representing domestic and foreign interests before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Congress and WTO panels involving Section 201 “Safeguard” actions, Section 301 and the Generalized System of Preferences; representative industries include steel, wheat gluten and rubber chemicals
  • assisting U.S. and foreign companies with voluntary notices to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including evaluations of whether filing a notice is prudent and help in the filing and participating in the subsequent review and any investigation.
Mr. Dorris clerked at the U.S. Court of International Trade for two years for the Honorable Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo, where he assisted in the adjudication of numerous antidumping, countervailing duty, customs and trade adjustment assistance cases. He wrote a note titled “The Very Specialized United States Generalized System of Preferences: An Examination of Renewal Changes and Analysis of their Legal Effect,” published in 15 Georgia Journal of International And Comparative Law 39 (1985) and co-wrote “Transfer Pricing Between Related Parties - A Comparison of United States Customs Valuation and Tax Allocations Under Section 482,” published in 2-3 Intertax 72 (1989), and co-wrote “Respondents’ Perspectives on Section 201 ‘Safeguards’ Actions,” published in the materials for the 1998 International Trade Update seminar held by the Georgetown University Law Center.

B.A. 1983, summa cum laude, University of Georgia; Phi Beta Kappa
J.D. 1986, cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law; managing editor, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law

1986-88 Law Clerk to Hon. Dominick L. DiCarlo, U.S. Court of International Trade

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Admitted to practice in District of Columbia and Georgia

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