Peter A. Quinter - Attorney at Law

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Peter is a shareholder and customs attorney in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale law offices of GrayRobinson. He is the chair of the Customs & International Trade Law Group. Peter principally represents individuals and companies involved in international trade and transportation, including litigation in the federal courts located in Florida and the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Board certified in international law, Peter was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee.

Peter has been recognized for his experience and leadership in several peer review and other ratings. Florida Trend magazine recognized him among its "Legal Elite" in the area of international law. This designation was based on a poll of Florida attorneys, who selected peers in the top 2 percent of their respective practice areas. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Peter to the Florida District Export Council because of his knowledge of and experience in international trade, and he was rated "superb" by Avvo Ratings, an online listing that rates and profiles attorneys. The rating is based on a mathematical model that considers the information in a lawyer's profile, including years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Florida Super Lawyers magazine included him in the top 5 percent in Florida, and he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of FDA law.

Peter served as legal counsel at the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in Miami, Florida. Responsibilities included providing legal advice and representation to management of Customs on all matters involving the administration and enforcement of the customs and international trade laws. He provided legal advice on virtually all activities of Customs undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter provided assistance to the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on a variety of customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes and export controls.

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Education
  • Cornell University, B.S. (1986)
  • The American University, Washington College of Law, J.D. (1989)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
    • Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2012
  • The Florida Bar
    • International Law Section
      • Chair, 2014 - present
      • Chair Elect, 2013
      • Secretary, 2012-2013
      • Treasurer, 2011-2012
      • Certification Committee, 2013-2014
      • Executive  Council, 1996-2004, 2007-2013
    • Customs and International Trade Committee, Chair, 2000-present
  • American Bar Association
    • International Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
      • International Trademark Treaties and Laws Committee
    • Florida Bar Liaison, 2013-2014
    • Customs Law Committee, Chair, 2008-2010; Vice Chair, 2010-2016
    • International Transportation Committee, Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Steering Group, 2013-2014
    • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Steering Group, 2013-2014
    • International Trade Committee, Steering Group, 2013-2014
  • Ft. Lauderdale Broward Alliance, International Committee, Chair, 2007-2008
  • Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc., Board of Directors, 2005-2007, 2009-present
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • South Florida Roundtable, Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc.
  • International Bar Association
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Florida Advisory Committee, 2012
  • Association of Former Customs Special Agents, Inc., South Florida Chapter, 2012-present
  • Export Compliance Certificate Program, UCI Irvine, Advisory Board Member, 2013
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
    • Committee on International Trade and NAFTA, Co-Chair, 2015
  • International Trademark Association
    • Enforcement Committee, 2016-2017
Awards & Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2018
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: International Trade: Customs, 2012-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," 2004, 2006-2008, 2011
  • The International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, 2013 
Articles & Publications
  • "CBP Gets Aggressive on Anti-Counterfeiting," National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America Newsletter, December 2015
  • "Why Regularly-Scheduled US-Cuba Flights Are Only A Matter Of Time," Cuba Journal, September 2015
  • "Case Study of a BIS Charging Letter," The Export Practitioner, May 2015
  • "Yavuz Cizmeci: A Case Study in Export Control," National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America Educational Institute Newsletter, April 2015
  • "Risky for Business: Trade Sanctions," Datamyne Blog, 2015
  • "Is There ROI in C-TPAT for Members? Should There Be?," Datamyne Blog, 2014
  • "United States Secret Service Seizes Motor Vehicle When Purchaser from Dealer is a 'Straw Buyer,"  National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America      Educational Institute Newsletter, November 2013 
  • “Customs Law Year in Review,” The International Lawyer, American Bar Association, Spring 2013
  • Editor, GrayRobinson Customs and International Trade Law Blog
  • "Responding to a U.S. Bank Account Seizure," WorldECR.com, Issue 14, July 2012
  • "Shipping HAZMAT? Do It Right or Pay the Price!," Customs and International Trade Law Blog, 10/05/08
  • "Miami Seafood Brokers Charged for Importing Undersized Lobsters," January 26, 2009
  • "Getting U.S. Customs to Work for You in Unfair Import Investigations," January 14, 2009
  • "Customs Broker Criminally Charged for Facilitating Importation of Counterfeit Merchandise," January 30, 2008
  • "Foreign Trade Zones and Counterfeit Drugs," January 23, 2008
  • "Dear U.S. Exporters: Beware," January 4, 2008
  • "Freight Forwarder Liability," August 27, 2007
  • "Made in China," August 17, 2007
  • "Why Record Trademarks and Copyrights With U.S. Customs?," November 14, 2006
  • "Export Controls: Be Nice When ICE Comes Calling"
  • "When Customs Asks, Be Prepared to Answer," International Law Quarterly, Winter 2000
  • "Customs Can Be a Valuable Ally Against Counterfeiting," Corporate Legal Times, May 1999
  • "Enforcement Methods and Priorities of the United States Customs Service," American University Law Review, Summer 1998
  • "Scrap the Bioterrorism Act"
  • "Theft From Customs Custody"
  • "NAFTA, Chile and the Proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas"
  • "Modifications to Annex 401"
  • "Marine Litigation Issues"
  • "Limit the Risks of International Trade"
  • "Feds Renew Attention on Export Activities by Air Carriers"
  • "Perishables Present Insurance Challenges"
Presentations & Seminars
  • “CAFTA v. NAFTA or the TPP? Which is the better deal?,” American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law’s 2016 Americas Forum, February 28-March 1, 2016
  • "From Swords to Plowshares: Cuba, Business Development and Industrial Revolution," Thomson Reuters 23rd Annual Marketing Partner Forum, January 20-22, 2016, Orlando, Florida
  • "Export Compliance - The Challenge We All Love To Hate," Airforwarders Association Webinar, September 28, 2015
  • "The Rise in IPR Enforcement at the Border: How to Minimize Counterfeiting, Trademark and Grey Market Risks and What Triggers Detention and Seizures," American Conference Institute's 10th Advanced Forum, October 27-28, 2015
  • "Understanding the Changing U.S. Regulations by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Allowing for More Trade and Travel Between the United States and Cuba," NEXCO Conference, Miami, Florida October 9, 2015
  • "Cuban Enigma: What Every South Florida Attorney Needs to Know!" Broward County Bar Association, October 8, 2015
  • “U.S. Policy Towards Cuba – Changes Since 2008, ” Cuba 2014: What the U.S. Legal and Business Communities Need to Know, The Florida Bar International Law Section, November 20-21, 2014
  • “A Gateway to Growing Exports and Trade: The Overarching Role of the Intermediary in Facilitating Exports and International Transportation,” 47th Transportation Law Institute November 7, 2014
  • “Trademark Enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, September 30, 2014
  • Moderator, “Navigating the Convergence of Compliance,”  9th National Forum on Import Compliance and Enforcement, June 12-13, 2014
  • "Gold, U.S. Customs and Money Laundering – What is the Connection?,”June 10, 2014               38th International Precious Metals Conference , June 10, 2014 
  • "U.S. Import/Export and Doing Business in the U.S.," Colombo American Chamber of Commerce seminar, Cali, Columbia, May 29, 2014 
  • Moderator, "Overview of Financial Investigations,”        The ABA Section of International Law, Customs Law Committee, May 22, 2014
  • "Intellectual Property Rights: How to Detect and Avoid the Scammers,” National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America’s Annual Conference, Las Vega, Nevada, April 2014 
  • Intellectual Property Rights: How to Detect and Avoid the Scammers.” "Handling Visits and Inquiries from Uninvited Regulatory Officials," Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association  S S S, seminar series "When the Government Comes Knockin," Miami, Florida, March 19, 2014
  • "Seafood Safety and Compliance with Both FDA and U.S. Customs Requirements," Seafood Expo North America, Miami, Florida, March 17, 2014
  • Panel Speaker, "International Trade and Customs Law 2013," International Transactions Conference and 12th International Litigation and Arbitration Conference, Miami, Florida, February 27-28,  2014
  • Moderator, Intellectual Property Rights Center Tour and Briefing program, American Bar Association Customs Law Committee, Arlington, Virginia, February 12, 2014
  • "Free Trade Agreement Success Stories – How to Maximize Duty Savings Under Korea, Colombia and DR-CAFTA, PTPA" and " When Things Go Wrong: What Triggers CPB Enforcement and Penalties – Lessons Learned," American Conference Institute's 2nd U.S Customs Compliance Boot Camp, Miami, Florida, November 19-20, 2013
  • "Trade Opportunities and Emerging Business: Emerging Business and Trade Opportunities in Latin America: Navigating Through Today's Economy," Cuban American Bar Association's 2013 Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the Americas Conference, Miami, Florida, November 8, 2013
  • "International Trade in Broward," Articulation Agreement Promotional Luncheon, Broward College and Florida Atlantic University, September 6, 2013
  • “NAFTA, CAFTA AND U.S. – KOREA FTA SUCCESS STORIES: The Finer Points of Minimizing Duties, Fees, Taxes and Red Tape: First-Hand Insights on How to Leverage Key FTAs, and Prove Origin,” 8th Annual National Forum on Import Compliance & Enforcement, American Conference Institute, June 11, 2013
  • “CBP Seizures, Penalties & Liquidated Damages: Getting Your Merchandise Back & Penalties Cancelled,” National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc., June 4, 2013
  • "Export Compliance Bootcamp: Complying with U.S. Export Controls – Fundamentals of the Export Administration Regulations and the Foreign Trade Regulations," Clearwater, Florida, May 29, 2013
  • “FDA – International Trade Compliance – An Overview and Updates,” Global Trade Academy Webinar, April 18, 2013
  • "TSA Compliance for IACs," National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., February 28, 2013
  • "Panel Discussion on North American Free Trade Agreement Verification Visits," American Bar Association's Section of International Law, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 14, 2013
  • "Export Compliance Bootcamp: Complying with U.S. Export Controls - Fundamentals of the Export Administration Regulations," GrayRobinson, Bureau of Industry and Security, Compliance Assurance LLC and OCR Services, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September, 27, 2012
  • "Export Compliance Bootcamp: Complying With U.S. Export Controls - Fundamentals of the Export Administration Regulations," GrayRobinson, Bureau of Industry and Security, Compliance Assurance LLC and OCR Services, Miami, Florida, September, 24, 2012
  • "Export Compliance for International Trade Professionals Workshop," Economic Development & International Trade Unit, Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department of Miami-Dade County, Miami, Florida, May 23, 2012
  • "International Trade in the Americas: Where Is It Going?," International Bar Association, 2nd Conference of the Americas, Miami, Florida, May 4-6, 2012
  • "Understanding Trade Controls and Sanctions in the 2012 Global Economy," National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., Hollywood, Florida, April 26, 2012
  • "Voluntary Disclosures of Export Violations: When and How to Do It," American Bar Association, Section of International Law, New York City, New York, Spring Meeting, 2012
  • "U.S. Customs Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures," Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Miami, Florida, March 28, 2012
  • "Customs Enforcement: The Regulatory Challenge," 2012 International Trade Update, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., February 9-10, 2012
  • "How to Effectively Resolve Typical U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues for Medical Devices," FIME International Medical Expo – Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, August 12, 2010
  • "How to Effectively Resolve Typical U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues for Medical Devices," FIME International Medical Expo – Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, August 14, 2009
  • "FDA AND YOUR FOOD SAFETY, Best Practices for Importing Food, Dietary Supplements, and Medical Devices," in cooperation with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 22, 2007
  • "FDA AND YOUR FOOD SAFETY, Best Practices for Importing Food, Dietary Supplements, and Medical Devices," in cooperation with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Orlando, Florida, September 11, 2007
  • "U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions," Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce, Frankfurt, Germany, March 10, 2006
  • "Special Issues for International Litigation," Enforcement of IP Rights at the Border Conference, Law Seminars International, Tysons Corner, Virginia, September 12-13, 2005
  • "Customs' Seizures and Penalty Actions," Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Miami, Florida, March 2, 2005
  • "Cross Border Enforcement of Trademarks by U.S. Customs," American Intellectual Property Law Association, Orlando, Florida, January 28, 2005
  • "Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information and C-TPAT," Global Logistics Associates, B.V., Orlando, Florida, February 20, 2004
  • "The Bioterrorism Act and FDA Compliance," Escuela de Comercio Exterior de AGEXPRONT, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 17-21, 2003
  • "Customs Recordkeeping Requirements and Prior Disclosures," Orlando Air Cargo Association, Orlando, Florida, November 1998
  • "FAA Civil Penalties for HAZMAT," International Air Transport Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, February 14, 2001
  • "Preparing for Civil and Criminal Investigations by Customs," Tampa, Florida, March 23, 2000
  • "Transnational Litigation," National Association of Credit Managers, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 1997
  • "NAFTA," Mexico-Florida Business Matchmaking Conference, Tampa, Florida, September 1994 
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