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 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 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 Work

  • Advise U.S.-based and international clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions programs and export controls to mitigate operational risks 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 prepare requests for exclusion of products from these tariffs
  • 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 
  • Advise clients on customs compliance practices of target companies in mergers and acquisitions
  • 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


NAFTA Replacement Announced
United States to impose third set of Section 301 tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese-made products
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

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
  • 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)
  • Pro bono representation of family seeking asylum
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