T. Augustine Lo

T. Augustine Lo




Augustine Lo is an associate in Dorsey’s Seattle office who assists clients with commercial litigation, government enforcement actions, and customs compliance matters.

Applying his experience with civil litigation, customs enforcement cases, and Chinese language skills, Augustine helps a variety of clients confront the challenges brought by litigation.  In particular, Augustine assists Chinese clients with navigating the complexities of litigation in the United States.  His work has brought him to China on several occasions, including extended stays, in order to effectively serve the client’s interests 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 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

  • 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
  • Representation of U.S. importers in customs enforcement cases brought by the government
  • Internal investigation of Chinese company listed on an exchange in the United States
  • Advice to importers concerning customs compliance, eligibility for tariff preferences, and customs detention of merchandise
  • Successful application for separate rate for Chinese exporter in antidumping administrative review

News & Resources


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

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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