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I am the customs lawyer/attorney who founded Great Lakes Customs Law in 2009. The customs law firm helps importers, businesses, and brokers comply with the laws enforced by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (sometimes called CBP or Customs). If the CBP took money from you, contact us today!


Customs Money Seizures

We fight to get seized currency returned for people who have experienced a customs seizure. Having your money taken by CBP is potentially a very serious crime and could result in the permanent loss of your money. So if customs took money when traveling with more than $10,000, schedule a free currency seizure consultation with a customs attorney


Defense against Customs Penalties & Customs Seizures

Our customs lawyer also has a range of other practice areas, including defense against customs penalties and assets seized by customs, and prior disclosures. We defend against Customs penalties for commercial violations under 19 USC 1592.




Practice areas


  1. International Law: 70%
    7 years, 70 cases
  2. Business: 10%
    6 years
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    6 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    6 years



Hourly ($250/hour), contingent (10-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Justin Patrick Stovall

    I strongly endorse Mr. Wapiennik. It has been my pleasure to have Mr. Wapiennik as my go-to resource for customs and international trade law. Mr. Wapiennik's knowledge of this niche and complex area of law is thorough and up-to-date.


    Justin Stovall Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Great Lakes Customs Law

Jason P. Wapiennik, PLC
32437 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI, 48154

Great Lakes Customs Law

150 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL, 60606



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201604/18/2016
MIActive And In Good Standing200905/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Kosciuszko Foundation ScholarshipKoscuiszko Foundation2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGreat Lakes Customs Law2009 - Present
N/AEdmund Maciorwoski, PC2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. RamosSettled
2015-3901-000043-01$19,000 returned
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Publication nameTitleDate
Great Lakes Customs Law BlogTargeted Enforcement of Customs Currency Seizures2014
Great Lakes Customs Law BlogResponding to a Customs Currency Seizure2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ave Maria School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Loyola University ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005