International Trade Law Today: Theory and Practice

"International Trade Law Today: Theory and Practice"

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Speaker Biographies:

Ricardo A. Gonzalez
is a business litigator who focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. Rick has a broad range of experience representing clients in the financial services industry including regional, national, and international banks; consumer finance companies; and securities broker dealers. He also represents clients in officers and directors litigations and shareholder derivative actions. In addition, Rick counsels and represents clients in internal corporate investigations and in the defense of regulatory and civil enforcement proceedings. Rick formerly worked as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C., where he prosecuted consumer financial services actions on behalf of the agency against non-depository financial institutions and other financial services providers under the FTC Act, and other federal laws and regulations. Prior to joining the FTC, Rick worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm. Rick has lectured on a number of topics to include international arbitration and dispute resolution trends. His awards include a listing as a “Rising Star” in Florida Super Lawyers; an honor b the SAVE DADE foundation with the Champions of Equality Award; the “Most Effective Lawyer” Award as an Appellate attorney from the Daily Business Review; and the “Most Effective Lawyer” Award for doing pro bono work. Rick is an active member in a number of professional and community associations to include the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, and Legal Services of Grater Miami, Inc. He received his BA cum laude from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Member of the Georgetown University Law Journal as well as serving in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, Immigration and Political Asylum Clinic. Rick speaks English and Spanish and is admitted to practice in Florida as well as the US District Courts for the Middle District and the Southern District of Florida, and the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professor Dr. Frank Emmert, LLM became a professor of law and the Executive Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law beginning in the summer of 2003. He is the founder and managing editor of the European Journal of Law Reform (since 1997). Before his appointment at IU he was a visiting professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. He has also served as Dean of Concordia International University Estonia School of Law, Executive Director of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute, Lecturer in European and International Law at the European institute of Basle University. He has taught courses at the Universities of Strasbourg (France), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Warsaw and Krakow (Poland), Ljubljana and Maribor (Slovenia), Prague (Czech Republic), St. Gall (Switzerland), the College of Europe (Poland), as well as Stanford Law School and Rutgers University School of Law. Prof. Emmert is fluent in German and English, conversant in French and Italian, and speaks some Spanish and Estonian. He has advised various governments and multinational enterprises, and speaks frequently at conferences and seminars in Europe and the US. His publications include more than 10 books and 40 articles in the areas of European Union, international and comparative law.

Peter Quinter is a shareholder and customs attorney in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale law offices of GrayRobinson. He is the chair of the Customs & International Trade Law Group. Peter principally represents individuals and companies involved in international trade and transportation, including litigation in the federal courts located in Florida and the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Board certified in international law, Peter was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee. Peter has been recognized for his experience and leadership in several peer review and other ratings. Florida Trend magazine recognized him among its "Legal Elite" in the area of international law. This designation was based on a poll of Florida attorneys, who selected peers in the top 2 percent of their respective practice areas. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Peter to the Florida District Export Council because of his knowledge of and experience in international trade. Florida Super Lawyers magazine included him in the top 5 percent in Florida, and he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of FDA law. Peter served as legal counsel at the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in Miami, Florida. Responsibilities included providing legal advice and representation to management of Customs on all matters involving the administration and enforcement of the customs and international trade laws. He provided legal advice on virtually all activities of Customs undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter provided assistance to the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on a variety of customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes and export controls. Peter has written and spoken extensively on a variety of matters with emphasis on international trade and export law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, and admitted to practice before the US District Court, Southern District of Florida, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the US Court of International Trade, and the US Supreme Court. Membership in a number of professional associations to include the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, and the American Bar Association. Peter’s awards are numerous. He was named to Florida’s Super Lawyers for eleven years consecutively; is one of the International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers; one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for five years; one of the best lawyers in Best Lawyers in America for nine years; and has been recognized five times by the Chambers USA in the area of International Trade: Customs. Peter earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law. Peter is an avid triathlete, marathoner, international traveler, and has backpacked about 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

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