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I am the founder of a business law firm that handles matters involving International Business Transactions; Customs and International Trade; Export Controls, Economic Sanctions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; International Arbitration and Litigation; Space; and Transportation/Logistics.


My Practice Areas


My practice involves representing clients before U.S. Customs in investigations, fines, penalties, forfeitures, Protests, and prior disclosures.  I also advise clients on free trade agreement, classification, country of origin, marking, and related Customs issues.


I also represent and advise clients on export controls, including investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, anti-boycott regulations, deemed exports, voluntary self-disclosures, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


When necessary, I also handle domestic and international commercial arbitration and litigation.  I regularly represent foreign clients in matters pending in the United States involving claims such as breach of contract, breach of warranty, cargo liability, fraud, rejection of non-conforming goods, and non-payment.


When I am not handling international trade issues or representing clients in disuputes, I work with clients to grow their businesses globally through strategic alliances, negotiating and preparing commercial agent agreements, distributorship agreements, joint venture agreements, off- and on-shoring agreements, as well as forming branch and subsidiary locations.




I maintain offices in Buffalo, New York on the Canadian border less than 2 hours from Toronto, and in Cleveland, Ohio, an area where many global companies were born and continue to be based.



Practice areas


  1. Federal Regulation: 40%
    16 years
  2. Contracts: 30%
    26 years
  3. International Law: 25%
    16 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%
    26 years



Hourly ($290-345/hour), contingent (30-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:


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Contact info

Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA

The Leader Building
526 Superior Ave., E. - Suite 230
Cleveland, OH, 44114-2654


NYCurrently registered 200607/10/2016
MIActive And In Good Standing199508/03/2016
DCActive 199307/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chairman, World Trade CelebrationWorld Trade Center Buffalo Niagara2009
Member of the YearCleveland Foreign Credit Group2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counsellor at LawLaw Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA1995 - Present
Assistant Corporation CounselAgency Rent-A-Car, Inc.1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Aerospace InstituteN/A2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law SectionChairman2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Advice to U.S. Energy Sector Company on Compliance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to Host Foreign Government DelegationN/A
Protest and Application for Further Review Filed with U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionProtest denied. Client did not pursue US Court of International Trade action.
Advising Oil/Gas Sector Manufacturer in Negotiations with Major State-Owned Foreign Petroluem CompanyContract Executed
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Publication nameTitleDate
International Business & Trade AlertA Tale of Two Recent OFAC Settlements2013
International Business & Trade AlertU.S. Parties Authorized to Transact Business in Burma’s Largest Banks2013
International Business & Trade AlertNew York Dental Supply Company “Acting with Knowledge” Settles Iranian Transactions Regulations Charge2013
International Business & Trade Client AlertU.S. and Non-U.S. Parties Beware (Again): Latest U.S. Sanctions on Iran go into Effect 1 July 20132013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalDoing Business in Iran?: Lessons Learned from Recent OFAC Penalty Settlements2013
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalExport Control Reform: An Update2013
International Business & Trade AlertCourt of International Trade Upholds Dismissal of Customs Negligence Penalty2012
International Business & Trade AlertRecent Executive Order Extends Civil Penalties Against U.S. Parent Companies for Foreign Subsidiary Violations of Iranian Trade Sanctions2012
International Business & Trade AlertCBP’s New Transfer Pricing Policy Goes into Effect2012
International Business & Trade AlertVessel Certificate that Goods Allowed to Enter Oman Leads to Antiboycott Penalty Settlement2012
Cross-Border Litigation & Dispute Resolution AlertNew York Court Recognizes English Judgment Where No Personal Jurisdiction Over Defendant Exists2012
International Business & Trade AlertColorado Medical Equipment Manufacturer Settles Alleged Iranian Transactions Regulations Violations with OFAC2012
International Business & Trade AlertOhio Company Settles Case of Selling Chinese Products to USG2012
International Business & Trade AlertU.S. Commerce Dept. to Reconsider Countervailing Duties on Aluminum Extrusions2012
International Business & Trade AlertCourt of International Trade Finds Jurisdiction, then Dismisses Broker Penalty Case2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Canisius CollegeHistory (Honors)BA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Challenges Facing Legal Counsel When Companies Think and Act GloballyThe Importer’s Duty of Reasonable Care: Avoiding Customs Penalties2013
Part I of III: Are Your International Agreements Legal?Writing and Negotiating International Commercial Agent and Distributorship Agreements2012
Monthly MeetingWhat Upstate NY Immigration Lawyers Should Know About Export Controls2012
Industry Member RoundtableBusting Myths About DDTC Registration2012
GlobalTargetU.S. Export Controls in Cross-Border Agreements2012
GlobalTargetExercising Caution While Doubling Exports: Know the Rules or Pay the Price2012
Global Gateway SeriesExpanding Your Business Through Exports: How to Find a Market, Minimize Risks, and Sell Your Goods Abroad2012
CMBA International Law Section Monthly MeetingU.S. Economic Sanctions Update2012
BWTA Monthly MeetingIntroduction to U.S. Export Controls2012
Manufacturing Export Resources ConferenceLegal Considerations for International Distribution Agreements2011
Ohio Aerospace Institute Monthly RoundtableHow Export Controls Impact Research: A Look at Export Controls After U.S. v. Roth2010
ITAC NAFTA WorkshopNAFTA Focus: Canada’s Non-Resident Importer Program2010
Ohio Global SummitWhat Ohio Exporters Should Know About U.S. Export Controls2009
GlobalTargetExport Regulations: What Are They, Where Do They Come From, and Do They Hurt?2009
Bar Association of Erie County, Erie Law InstituteBusiness Lawyers Should Know About U.S. Export Controls2009
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, 3rd Annual Summer Member PartyU.S. Export Controls in a Changing World2008
Ohio Aerospace Institute Monthly RoundtablePenetrating Foreign Markets: Opportunities and Challenges for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers2008
2008 Global Gateway Series, Nance College of Business AdministrationImport and Export Law: The Basics and Beyond2008