Luke Tillman is a member of Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice. Luke provides legal and strategic advice on a wide variety of international trade issues, including export controls and sanctions, customs, antidumping, international trade policy and international trade litigation. He has significant experience with regulatory matters enforced by US Customs and Border Protection, including penalties, seizures, forfeitures, intellectual property rights, customs fraud and cultural property. He also has experience litigating cases in federal court that involve importer challenges to US Customs and Border Protection decisions impacting imported merchandise, qualification for preferential treatment under free trade agreements, actions for the collection of duties, penalties under the customs laws and importer challenges to special duties imposed by the US Department of Commerce on dumped or subsidized imports.
- Co-author, "Changes to BIS's information security controls bring relaxed controls, removal of registration requirement," Dentons Client Alert, September 30, 2016
- Co-author, "US Customs and Border Protection detention order on certain products produced by forced labor in China," Dentons Client Alert, April 15, 2016
- Co-author, "Exclusions and Seizures Post-Blink Design v. United States," Georgetown International Trade Update, February 2015
- Author, "CBP Can Now Share Information with Trademark," CBP Trade Newsletter, July 2012
- Contributor, Enforcement Tools and Technology Highlights, United States Trade Representative paper for the World Trade Organization Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council meeting, May 31, 2012
Activities and Affiliations
- "Recovering Illicitly Traded and Stolen Cultural Property and Artwork through CBP Administrative Process," Smithsonian Conference on Preventing Illicit Trafficking (Cultural Heritage), Washington DC, November 22, 2013
- "US Customs and Border Protection Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights," Federal Law Enforcement Training, Glynco, GA, February 4-7, 2014
- Customs and International Trade Bar Association
Prior and Present Employment
Prior to joining Dentons, Luke worked at the US Department of Justice, where he litigated customs and international trade cases at the US Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also worked at the US Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade, where he authored administrative law decisions on a variety of international trade issues, including penalties, seizures and forfeitures related to intellectual property rights, customs fraud, cultural property and export controls. Luke worked on a number of multilateral trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, World Trade Organization Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council meetings and an international customs enforcement operation for the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Luke also served as a delegate to the congressionally mandated Cultural Antiquities Task Force.