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Clark Hill Thorp Reed lawyers exemplify the firm’s commitment to hard work, high ethical standards and dedication to client service. Our attorneys practice in diverse areas of law, and combine a multidisciplinary approach to solving legal problems. The bottom line: Clients of Clark Hill Thorp Reed benefit from attorneys whose expertise and commitment deliver effective client outcomes and superior legal service.

John P. Donohue


215 640 8528 Office
267 850 8730 Cell
215 640 8501 Fax
609 844 7595 Office

One Commerce Square
2005 Market St, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19103

100 Overlook Center
Second Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

John P. Donohue is a member of the International Trade Law Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on Customs and International Trade Law. John represents both U.S. importers and foreign corporations before all agencies of the federal government with the authority to control the international movement of goods, including U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

John also represents foreign corporations and U.S. importers in proceedings under the U.S. antidumping laws. He has substantial experience representing importers charged with both civil and criminal violations of the trade laws, and has litigated before the federal district courts in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of International Trade.

John has been an adjunct professor of International Trade Law at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey since 1986, and he is a member of the Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria. He has been named twice as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. Prior to beginning the active practice of law he was a Special Agent of the FBI.


  • J.D., Catholic University of America
  • B.A., Providence College
  • Temple University School of Law, Academy of Advocacy
  • Georgetown University School of Law, Academy of WTO Law and Policy

Professional / Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1986 - present
  • Member, International Business Development Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member and Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Rosemont (PA) School of the Holy Child
  • Past Chairman and former Member, Board of Regents, Catholic University of America
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America
  • Director and Member of the Executive Committee, Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Exchange
  • Member, Committee on Trial and Appellate Practice of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, 1983 - present
  • Member, Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria
  • Member, International Business Law Consortium
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rated - Martindale-Hubbell

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • 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 New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Publications / Presentations

  • "Comparing the U.S. and E.U. Economic Ukrainian Sanctions: Are They A Force In Combination Or A Missed Opportunity," E-Alert, March 2014.
  • “The Congressional and Executive Response to the Ukrainian Crisis and the Growing U.S. Impatience with Official Corruption,” E-Alert, March 2014.
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Enforcement – A Multi-jurisdictional Perspective, International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) Webinar, November 2013.
  • Exiting China – Strategies for the American Executive and Lawyer to Consider in Redeploying Assets from China to the United States or Third Countries.
  • Opening Round of TTIP Talks With the European Community Ends on Optimistic Note, but Don't Count on a Completed Agreement by 2014, The Beacon, newsletter of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, Fall 2013 Edition.
  • Confidentiality of Proprietary Import/Export Data: What Most Importers/Exporters Believe vs. the Reality of the Situation, E-Alert, August 2013.
  • First Round of TTIP Trade Agreement Negotiations Concludes in Washington D.C. With Both Sides Affirming Their Commitment to a 2014 Completion - Second Round Set for Brussels in October, E-Alert, July 2013.
  • U.S. v. Izurieta - Searching the Judicial Rolls to Get It Right, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 8 Global Trade & Customs Journal, July/August 2013.
  • White House Identifies Eight ?Negotiating Objectives? and Sets Opening Round Date for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), E-Alert, June 2013.
  • Presenter, How Companies and Executives Run Afoul of Trade Sanctions: The Impact of Trade Sanctions on Business, CLE co-sponsored with German-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, May 2013.
  • The International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 - Has a Visible Fissure Appeared in the Once-Impenetrable Wall Protecting the Foreign Official Bribe Taker Under the FCPA?, Financial Fraud Law Report, March 2013.
  • Presenter, What is My Duty to Report My Client's (Alleged) Misconduct?, CLE Seminar for Philadelphia In-House Counsel presented by The Legal Intelligencer, October 2012.
  • The Intersecting Roads of Tax and Customs in Related-Party Pricing, Communiqué, August 2012.
  • Customs Proposes to Clarify Critical Valuation Rule on Related-Party Transfer Pricing and Post-Entry Price Reductions, Communiqué, January 2012.
  • GSP Renewal Legislation Passes the House of Representatives, MPF Rate is Increased, Communiqué, September 2011.
  • That is the Question - When Does the Customs Assessment Question End and the Investigation Question Begin? Customs Cautions the Ports Against the Misuse of the Customs Form 28 Request For Information, Communiqué, June 2011.
  • We're From the Government and We're Here to Help - or How to Survive a Customs Audit, The Beacon, newsletter of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, Summer Edition 2011.
  • IRS Announces 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, Communiqué, March 2011.
  • The New I-129 Form Requires Employers To Certify Export Licensing Enforcement and Compliance, Communiqué, February 2011.
  • U.K. Ministry of Justice Announces Delay in Implementation of the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, Communiqué, February 2011.
  • Exporting National Mores: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and The U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, Similarities, Differences and the Emerging Lessons, Communiqué, January 2011.
  • Speaker, Corporate Governance Programs for Reporting Concerns: What Companies are Doing, Delaware Valley Association for Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) seminar, September 2010.
  • Panelist, Worldwide Survey of Country of Origin and 'Made in' Rules for Manufactured Goods, sponsored by the National Association of Electronics Manufacturers (ANIE), Milan, Italy, September 2009.
  • Importer Security Filings and Additional Carrier Requirements (a.k.a. 10+2) - Flexible Enforcement Draws to a Close, and Customs Publishes New Guidelines for the Mitigation of Penalties, Communiqué, August 2009.
  • Speaker, International Unfair Trade Practice Remedies in Tough Economic Times, TRA seminar, June 2009.
  • Valuing Internationally Traded Goods for Customs Purposes - Life Support for the First Sale Rule, International Business Law Consortium, November 2008.
  • Are U.S. Companies and Executives Safe When the Public Is Not? A Look at FDA Enforcement in the International Arena, Communiqué, April 2008.
  • Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Proposes to Eliminate the 'First Sale' as a Method of Determining the Value of Imported Merchandise, Communiqué, April 2008.
  • The WTO - How a Geneva-based Organization is Changing American Trading Rules, The Beacon, Volume 18, No. 1 (published by Maritime Exchange of the Delaware River and Bay), Spring 2008.
  • Government Regulation of Internationally Traded Goods, An Update of Issues, seminar presentation sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria, October 2006.
  • The United States Invokes Safeguard Remedies Under the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing and the China Accession Agreement, Substantially Impairing U.S. Contracts with China Suppliers, Circular of the International Business Law Consortium, Salzburg, Austria, July 2005.
  • Terrorism and Its Impact on the Movement of Goods Into and Out of the United States, seminar presentation sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria, May 2003.
  • The Prevention and Prosecution of Computer and High Technology Crime, Matthew Bender & Co., 1988.
  • Customs Fraud, 5 Business Crimes, Chapter 21, Matthew Bender & Co., 1982.