Koya Choi

Koya Choi

Associate
Buffalo
(716) 847- 7040
kchoi@phillipslytle.com
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Mr. Choi uses his background in international affairs and business to advise U.S. and non-U.S. companies of all sizes in the areas of customs, corporate, international business and trade, and U.S. and international tax matters. He regularly reviews and prepares international commercial agreements; represents foreign entrepreneurs and companies on U.S. business ventures; supports clients on U.S. customs issues relating to Section 301 tariffs, product classification, country of origin, substantial transformation and responses to requests for information; and provides support on export controls and trade compliance.

Prior to practicing law, in 2008, Mr. Choi served on a peacekeeping mission for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), assisting UNIFIL personnel in conducting reconnaissance and surveillance activities to prevent the illegal transfer of military weapons within Lebanon by Hezbollah, a militant group supported by Iran.

As the only military personnel from the Korean Army who spoke Mandarin Chinese, Korean, English and Malay, Mr. Choi acted as the liaison for important communications between the Korean battalion and the military battalions from other countries, including negotiating military asset sharing arrangements. In recognition of his distinguished service during peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, Mr. Choi was invited to represent the United Nations at the French National Day Parade in Paris. He also received Outstanding Service Awards from both the UNIFIL Force Commander and the Korean Joint Chief of Staff.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2017
  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2017
  • Seoul National University, LL.B., summa cum laude, 2011

Languages

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Malay

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Taxation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Tax Section