T. Augustine Lo

T. Augustine Lo



Augustine counsels clients on U.S. sanctions and export controls, customs compliance, and international trade regulation.

Augustine is an associate in Dorsey’s Seattle office who assists clients with U.S. export control matters under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the various sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He has also worked extensively on government enforcement actions, U.S. customs compliance matters, and commercial litigation matters.

Applying his experience with U.S. government enforcement matters and civil litigation, Augustine helps a variety of clients confront the challenges brought by U.S. sanctions and export controls, international trade regulation, and commercial litigation. With his Chinese-language skills, Augustine has extensive experience with helping Chinese clients to navigate the complexities of the U.S. legal system, including responding to customs seizures and participating in civil actions in federal court. He successfully obtained relief for U.S. importers affected by recent tariff actions. He is committed to effectively serving the client’s needs wherever they arise. 

Before relocating to Dorsey’s Seattle office, Augustine was at the firm’s New York office. He previously worked on customs enforcement matters for the Office of Chief Counsel of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a federal agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Augustine served successively as a judicial clerk to two federal district judges in the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, and he has worked in the chambers of a federal judge at the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Education & Admissions

New York University School of Law (J.D., 2008)

Cambridge University (M. Phil, 2005), Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

Harvard University (A.B., 2003), magna cum laude; Thomas T. Hoopes Prize


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Mandarin Chinese


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpí, 2010-2010
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Honorable José Antonio Fusté, 2008-2010


Representative Experience

  • Advise U.S.-based and international clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions programs and export controls to mitigate operational risks, apply for authorization for transactions when necessary, and prepare voluntary self-disclosures to address violations
  • Help clients in the trade community navigate recent changes to U.S. import tariffs under Section 201 (solar products), Section 232 (steel and aluminum articles), and Section 301 (goods originating from China and European Union), and prepare successful requests for exclusion of products from the Section 301 tariffs
  • Counsel clients on potential risks of U.S. Government review of foreign investments in U.S. enterprises and properties
  • Represent U.S. importers to address customs enforcement matters brought by the federal government, including customs raids, seizure of merchandise and penalty notices relating to alleged intellectual property rights violations, firearms import violations, and other noncompliance with customs requirements
  • Advise importers on customs compliance and eligibility for tariff preferences
  • Successfully applied for separate rate for Chinese exporter in antidumping administrative review
  • Participate in the litigation defense team for a major U.S. banking institution in complex litigation involving Chinese customers, which entails analysis of voluminous Chinese-language material, international discovery challenges, and deposition of Chinese-language witnesses for use in U.S. courts
  • Represent a nationwide auctioneer of heavy equipment in commercial disputes arising from auctions and other transactions in both federal and state court, including presenting arguments on motions practice and participating in bench trials
  • Participated in the litigation team for the co-owner of an industrial property in a real estate partition action, including advising the client on litigation options and participating in settlement negotiations
  • Participated in litigation defense team for major Chinese financial institution in federal district court litigation in New York under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which involved a complex set of facts, voluminous Chinese-language documentation and testimony, and frequent motions practice
  • Participated in the litigation defense team for the principal of an issuer in a securities enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Participated in internal investigation of Chinese company listed on an U.S. exchange

News & Resources


U.S. Government Expands Restrictions on Exports to China, Iran, and Russia and Issues New Business Advisory Regarding Forced Labor in Xinjiang
Biden Administration Revises and Expands Restrictions on U.S. Person Investment in Chinese Companies and Releases New List of “Chinese Military Companies” Under 2021 NDAA Section 1260H
U.S. Reimposes Economic Sanctions On Military Regime in Burma
U.S. Department of Commerce Sanctions Seven Chinese Supercomputer Firms
New U.S. Government Review Process Effective March 22 for Information Communications Technology and Services from China, Russia and Other “Foreign Adversaries”
Court Calls into Question Securities Trading Restrictions on Entities Designated as Communist Chinese Military Companies
U.S. Expands Xinjiang Regional Import Restriction to Cover All Cotton and Tomato Products
Trump Administration Revises List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
U.S. Government Sanctions Chinese and Russian Entities and Creates New Military End User List
Trump Administration Seeks to Ban Transactions Using Popular Chinese Mobile Apps
U.S. Customs Bans More Textile Imports From China
Trump Administration Bars U.S. Investments in Certain Chinese Companies Linked to Chinese Military
U.S. Customs Authorizes Seizure of Stevia from China for Alleged Use of Forced Labor
U.S. Bars More Imports and Weighs Broader Measures on Cotton From Xinjiang, China
Trump Administration Re-imposes Sec. 232 Tariff on Canadian Primary Aluminum
Importer and Its Executives Pay $5.2 Million Under FCA for Evading U.S. Tariffs
CFIUS Expands Foreign Investments Subject to Scrutiny with Significant Carve-out for Canadian, Australian and U.K. Investors
U.S.-China Phase One Trade Deal: A Recap
Year-End Trade Deals Offer Hope for U.S. Business in 2020
Chemical Industry Update - November 2019
CFIUS and Its Proposed Regulations Expanding Jurisdiction - Foreign Investment in the United States will Face More National Security Reviews
Administration Reveals New Two-Phase Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Goods
Chemical Industry Update - July/August 2019
International Trade Update: A Long Hot Summer of Trade Disturbances
Alleged Violations of Government Data Security Requirements Yield FCA Settlement

News & Press Mentions

U.S. Elections: Steel, aluminum tariffs likely to continue under either Trump or Biden
Dorsey Attorney Augustine Lo Comments on Canadian Aluminum Tariffs
Dorsey Attorney Augustine Lo Comments on Bombardier v. Boeing Case
"Surveying the Application of ‘Daimler’ in the Circuits," New York Law Journal

Select Presentations

  • Presenter, “Overview of EAR, ITAR, and OFAC Compliance,” Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition Annual Conference, Sept. 2020
  • Presenter, “U.S.‐China Trade Tensions and Impact on Chinese‐American Engineers,” Chinese Institute of Engineers (Seattle Chapter) Annual Conference, Sept. 15, 2019
  • Presenter, “Navigating Uncertainty Amidst Trade Tensions: Mitigation Strategies and Customs Import Compliance,” Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition 2019 ITAR & EAR Compliance Conference, Sept. 12, 2019
  • Panelist, “Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Goods and Potential Relief,” Washington Council on International Trade, Sept. 3, 2019
  • Panelist, “Trump, Asia, and America as an Asian Power,” Willamette University, June 11, 2017 (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast 2017 Conference) 
  • Moderator, “Trade Disputes Involving the United States and China,” Brooklyn Law School, Jan. 21, 2015

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • China
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • International Trade
  • National Security Law
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Chinese-American Citizens Alliance (Seattle Chapter)
  • Secretary, Harvard Club of Seattle


Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
T. Augustine Lo