T. Augustine Lo

T. Augustine Lo



Augustine counsels clients on U.S. sanctions and export controls, customs matters, and commercial litigation.

Augustine Lo is an associate in Dorsey’s Seattle office who assists clients with U.S. export control matters under the ITAR and the EAR and the various OFAC sanctions programs. He has also worked extensively on government enforcement actions, U.S. customs compliance cases, and commercial litigation matters.

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

Prior to working in Dorsey’s Seattle office, Augustine assisted the firm’s clients out of the New York office. He previously worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Chief Counsel on customs enforcement matters. 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 Work

  • Advice to U.S.-based and international clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions programs and export controls
  • Representation of U.S. importers in customs enforcement cases brought by the government
  • Advice to importers concerning customs compliance, eligibility for tariff preferences, and customs detention and seizure of merchandise
  • Successful application for separate rate for Chinese exporter in antidumping administrative review
  • Representation of major Chinese financial institution in federal district court litigation in New York under the Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Representation of a defendant in securities enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Representation of nationwide auctioneer of heavy equipment in commercial disputes arising from auctions and other transactions
  • Representation of a U.S. financial institution in connection with matters involving Chinese customers
  • Internal investigation of Chinese company listed on an exchange in the United States

News & Resources


Greater Scrutiny on Foreign Inbound Investments: Update on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Requires More Than a Policy
Section 232: Importers Have Limited Opportunities to Challenge Tariffs and Quotas
D.C. Circuit Upholds CFPB’s Constitutionality: Why the PHH Case Underscores the Importance of Internal Agency Discipline
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Russia Sanctions Bill
Supreme Court Holds Debt Buyer Not Subject to FDCPA
Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation
Trump Administration’s First Major Statement On Foreign Trade Affects Agriculture
Trump's Trade Hawks, Retailers Prepare for Import Tax Battle
D.C. Circuit Tosses Consumer Complaint Following Spokeo
"Court Grants Student Loan Debt Relief to a Graduate of a NonAccredited Medical School," Consumer Financial Services Legal Update
"Update on the US Supreme Courts Inclusive Communities Decision," Consumer Financial Services Legal Update
"Online Services Companies Await Supreme Court Ruling on Standing to Bring Class Actions under Fair Credit Reporting Act," Consumer Financial Services Legal Update
Judge Dismisses FCA Claim Against City of Chicago; Concludes that “Subsequent Nonperformance of a Future Commitment” Was Not a Falsehood Under FCA
"The Forthcoming Amendments to Regulation C – a Litigation Perspective," Real Estate Finance Journal
“New York State Legislature Seeks to Overturn 'Daimler',” New York Law Journal

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Attorney Augustine Lo Comments on Bombardier v. Boeing Case
"Surveying the Application of ‘Daimler’ in the Circuits," New York Law Journal

Select Presentations

  • 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

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

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Pro bono representation of family seeking asylum
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