Peter A. Quinter Attorney At Law


Peter A. Quinter - Attorney at Law

Shareholder

D 305-416-6960
M 954-270-1864
Miami 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue Suite 3200 Miami, Florida 33131

Peter Quinter is a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami office and he leads the firm’s U.S. Customs & International Trade Law Team. 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. Florida Bar Board Certified in international law, Peter was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee.

Peter represents importers, exporters, customs brokers, international freight forwarders, and other companies in all aspects of the international supply chain, including regulatory compliance and enforcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Additionally, his practice places a heavy emphasis on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated products, such as food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, regarding detained or refused merchandise, as well as submitting petitions for removal of FDA Import Alerts.

Peter also specializes in licensing, investigations and penalties issued by several U.S. agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). He also has experience in representing clients issued penalties by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for hazardous materials or dangerous goods transported by air.

Previous to GrayRobinson, 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 U.S. Customs activities undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on various customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes, and export controls.

  • 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
        • Co-Chair, 2015-present
        • Chair, 2014 - 2015
        • Certification Committee, Chair, 2014-2015
        • Executive  Council, 1996-2004, 2007-2013
    • American Bar Association
      • International Law Section
        • International Organizations & Regulatory Practice Division, Division Chair, 2019-2020
      • Intellectual Property Law Section
        • International Trademark Treaties and Laws Committee
      • Florida Bar Liaison, 2013-2014
      • Customs Law Committee, Co-Chair 2018-present
      • International Transportation Committee, Co-Chair, 2015-2017
      • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Steering Group, 2013-2014
    • Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc., Board of Directors, 2005-2009, 2021-current
    • Miami-Dade College Business School, Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee, 2018
    • Fort Lauderdale Broward Alliance, International Committee, Chair, 2007-2008
    • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
    • Association of Former Customs Special Agents, Inc., South Florida Chapter, 2012-present
    • International Trademark Association
      • Enforcement Committee, 2016-2017
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Nationwide: International Trade: Customs, 2012-2021
      • Global: International Trade: Customs, 2020-2021
    • Best Lawyers in America, FDA Law, 2009-2018, 2020-2022
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
    • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2004, 2006-2008, 2011
    • Florida Trend, Florida 500: Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders, 2019-2021
    • Who's Who Legal
      • Trade & Customs Global Leader, 2018-2021
    • The International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, 2013
  • Articles & Publications

     

    • "The International Supply Chain: Is It Functioning Properly?," Daily Business Review, January 14, 2022; January 18, 2022 print edition
    • "Avoiding Freight Detention and Seizure," Inbound Logistics, July 2021
    • Co-author, "Navigating PPE Transactions During a Global Pandemic," International Law Quarterly, October 2020
    • Co-author, "Electronic Service on Chinese Companies and Individuals," International Law Quarterly, October 2020
    • "Business With Huawei: To Do, or Not To Do, That is The Question," International Business Times, March 2019
    • "Trump’s Trade War with China,” Industry Today, January 2019
    • "In My View, Nobody Wins a Trade War," Miami Herald, January 2019
    • “US-China Trade War Has No Winner, Additional Tariffs Hurt Both Sides,” International Business Times,  January 2019
    • “Homeland Security and Data Privacy: A Primer on Customs’ Global Entry Program,” International Law Quarterly, June 2017
    • "Accustomed to Trade," Florida Trend, May 2017
    • "Homeland Security and Data Privacy: A Primer on Customs' Global Entry Program," Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Spring Issue 2017
    • “Favoring the Rule of Law,” Cuba Trade Magazine, January 2017
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • "e-Commerce – Is Product Safety & Security Keeping Pace with the Cargo Flow? ," FCBF Trade Summit of the Americas, February 23, 2022
    • "Trademark Violation Enforcement by CBP and HSI: Counterfeit or Gray Market Merchandise," Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, December 8, 2021
    • "Rocking the Boat: Should We Call a Lawyer When Our Cargo Ship Plugs the Suez Canal?," Transportation Law Insitute, November 12, 2021
    • "ACE: Responding to CF 28s and CF 29s," Global Trade Education Conference, July 27, 2021
    • "Decoupling from China 301 Tariffs, Exclusions, HMTX & Beyond,” Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) Annual Conference & Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (CTLA), June 25, 2021
    • "Importing Tobacco Products,” Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Seminar, June 8, 2021
    • "FP+F: Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures," Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. Virtual Seminar, May 26, 2021
    • “PPE Transactions in a Pandemic: Achieving Compliance and Identifying Fraud," Florida Bar International Law Section, April 22, 2021
    • "Responding to CBP Forms 28 and 29," International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA) Spring Conference, March 30, 2021
    • "How has COVID-19 Affected Seafood Imports?" Seafood Expo North America Reconnect Webinar, March 19, 2021
    • "Restoring Bilateral Trade Between Canada and Florida," GrayRobinson Webinar, March 11, 2021
    • "Leveraging the FMC," Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) Webinar, January 27, 2021
    • "AES is No Laughing Matter: File EEI Timely and Accurately or Else," National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA), November 19, 2020
    • “Global Competitiveness: Fair Trade and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs),” The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Miami Export and CARES Act Business Centers, October 21, 2020
    • "Getting Back to Basics – CBP Ruling Requests and FMC Licensing," Atlanta International Forwarders and Brokers Association (AIFBA) Webinar, September 22, 2020
    • “Trade Disputes, Steel, Bags and Wine: how the US tariffs are impacting transatlantic trade,” European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) Florida Chapter Webinar, September 16, 2020
    • Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) July General Membership Meeting webinar, July 29. 2020
    • The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Banking & Finance and International Advisory Committees Meeting, July 8, 2020
    • "USMCA Trade Deal Webinar," June 30, 2020
    • "Trade: Bobbing, Ducking and Weaving: The Legal Impact of Trade Wars and Increasing Enforcement Measures on Global Supply Chains," American Bar Association International Law Section 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, June 15, 2020
    • "Update-Customs Regulatory Issues," 2020 Security Council & Anti-Money Laundering Meeting, International Precious Metals Institute, February 26, 2020
    • CBP Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc., Tampa, Florida, November 5, 2019
    • CPB Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc., Miami, Florida, October 22, 2019
    • Seafood Importing Seminar, Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc., Doral, Florida, October 16, 2019
    • "Voluntary Self-Disclosures on Exports, Prior Disclosures on Imports: What to Think About Prior to Filling," National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) Global Trade Education Conference, July 29-30, 2019
    • “Money Laundering and Sanctions Compliance: Latest Developments," Managing Compliance Across Borders Program, June 26-28, 2019
    • "Broker Compliance Audits and Voluntary Self-Disclosures," Atlanta International Forwarders & Brokers Association June Luncheon, June 11, 2019
    • "U.S. Customs Regulations," Intrade Meeting, June 3, 2019
    • "U.S. Government Policies Regarding Imported Seafood," Seafood Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, March 18, 2019
    • "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)," Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Orlando, Florida, April 24, 2018
    • “Everything You Need to Know About Customs and Trade Enforcement,” Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Seminar, April 18, 2018
    • “South Florida Logistics and Trade Forum,” Doral Chamber of Commerce, October 31, 2017
    • "Legal Landscape in Cuba,” St. Thomas University School of Law’s Lunch and Learn, October 12, 2017
    • "Communicating with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Before the Crisis,” National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America’s (NCBFAA) Global Trade Educational Conference, Long Beach, California, August 8, 2017
    • “Regulations/EHS,” International Precious Metals Institute’s 41st Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 10-13, 2017
    • “Redirecting Real Estate Investment,” CREW-Miami Luncheon, May 18, 2017
    • “The Future of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)," American Bar Association, April 5, 2017
    • "Cuba on the Balance: Change and the Path Forward,” 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, March 30-31, 2017
    • “Federal Investigations/Audits,” International Law Section of The Florida Bar, iLaw2017, February 17, 2017
    • “Doing Business in Cuba – New Developments,” American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities Conference, February 3, 2017
    • "Doing Business in Cuba," B2B Webinar, January 26, 2017
  • Media Mentions
    • "New Law to Combat Forced Labor in China Sparks Enforcement Debate," Politico, December 23, 2021
    • "Peter Quinter Recognized In Chambers USA and Chambers Global," The Florida Bar International Law Section, June 2, 2021
    • "US ruling on China’s alleged yuan undervaluation could stoke further rift in relations," South China Morning Post, September 2020
    • "Tariffs and the Metals Industry: Where We Stand Today," American Recycler, February 2020
    • "Chinese Firms Accused of Dodging Tariffs Through 'Phantom Trade'," Telegraph, January 2020
    • "Do the Numbers in Donald Trump's 'Phase One' Trade Deal Work? U.S. Critics Worry they Don't," South China Morning Post, December 2019
    • "China's U.S. Trade War Charm Offensive was Meant to Stop Foreign Investors from Leaving, but is it Working?" South China Morning Post, October 2019
    • "GrayRobinson's Peter Quinter Completes Berlin Marathon," Daily Business Review, October 2019
    • “ABPA Annual Convention Remains Successful,” Auto Body News, May 2019
    • “A question of survival: Trade war thrusts South Florida businesses into uncertainty,” South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 2019
    • “US Treasury Department Criticizes EU’s List of High-Risk Countries,” YAHOO! Finance, February 2019
    • “Lawyers Focusing on Venezuela Sanctions, Potential for New Business,” Daily Business Review, February 2019
    • “Retaliation Concerns Swirl in Wake of Huawei Indictments,” Corporate Counsel, January 2019
    • “Administration Mulling Together Cuba Embargo by Allowing Lawsuits,” Bloomberg Law, January 2019
    • "Arrest of Huawei's CFO Could Prompt More US Businesses to Leave China," The American Lawyer, December 2018
    • “Arrest of Huawei’s CFO Could Prompt More US Businesses to Leave China,” YAHOO! Finance, December 2018
    • “Trump’s tariffs impact hurricane shutters: prices up, availability down,” Palm Beach Post, September 2018
    • “Cuba’s Legal Landscape Quiet Amid Obstacles on Both Sides,” Daily Business Review, August 2018
    •  “Florida lobster fishermen fear trade war amid Irma recovery,” Tampa Bay Times, August 2018
    • “Tampa Bay and Florida businesses expect tariffs to drive prices up,” Tampa Bay Times, July 2018
    • “Nervous South Florida industries await tariff war fallout,” South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 2018
    • "Let the Trade War Begin!" Barron's, June 2018
    •  “US business leaders warn on impact of Trump tariffs,” Financial Review, June 2018
    • “Trump's tariffs may hurt Rick Scott. The case study is a can of beer," Miami Herald, June 2018
    • “The price of beer could go up: How Trump’s ‘trade war’ may hurt Rick Scott,” Tampa Bay Times, June 2018
    • “Economies in Americas are poised to expand amid plenty of uncertainties,” Miami Herald, May 2018