John P. Yormick, Attorney

Jon P. Yormick

Special Counsel; Office Leader
Cleveland, OH; Buffalo; Rochester; Washington, DC
(216) 928-3474
(716) 847-7006
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Mr. Yormick is an experienced international business and trade attorney, practicing for more than 25 years. In his customs and international trade practice, Mr. Yormick represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He has represented clients in the advanced manufacturing; advanced materials; aerospace and defense; automotive; distribution; electronics; energy; medical device; oil/gas; optics, photonics and imaging (OPI); steel and specialty metals; textiles and apparel; and transportation/logistics sectors.

Mr. Yormick regularly advises and represents clients on matters such as compliance programs, due diligence reviews, investigations, penalty proceedings, export licensing of defense and “dual use” items and technologies, Technical Assistance, Manufacturing License, and Warehouse and Distribution Agreements, economic sanctions and trade embargoes, export licensing of foods, medicine and medical devices under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA), prior and voluntary self-disclosures of violations, investigations, penalty proceedings, ruling requests, Commodity Jurisdiction determinations, and scope rulings and administrative reviews regarding antidumping/countervailing duty orders.

His international business practice involves preparing, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of international commercial agreements relating to commercial agent, distributorship, licensing, manufacturing, supplier, transportation and other strategic alliances, emphasizing litigation avoidance, limitation of liability, tariff reduction, savings under Free Trade Agreements, and other risk management and cost reduction strategies. Mr. Yormick also advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery/anti-corruption regimes, such as the UK Bribery Act (UKBA) and Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including compliance programs and practices, as well as laws relating to international trade and federal government contracts such as the Berry Amendment, the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, International Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2013
  • Cleveland Foreign Credit Group, Member of the Year, 2007
  • Canisius College, DiGamma Honor Society, 1987


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Canisius College, B.A., 1987

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law: Canada Committee, Vice-Chair
    • Customs Law Committee
    • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
  • Buffalo World Trade Association
  • Canada-U.S. Law Institute
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Chair, International Law Section, 2011-2013
  • Customs & International Trade Bar Association
    • Customs Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • International Law Section
  • Export Legal Assistance Network
    • Coordinator – Buffalo and Cleveland
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group (GCILG), Board of Directors
  • Greater Rochester Enterprise
    • Trade Council
  • Northern Ohio District Export Council
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Buffalo District Office
    • International Trade Task Force