Clinton K. Yu is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg. He is a member of the firm's Corporate Department and the International Trade and Federal Procurement practice groups. Clinton has a wide range of experience on customs and imports, export controls and economic sanctions, and trade remedy matters, in addition to experience on federal procurement and government contract matters. He has experience representing clients in various industries such as energy, food and agriculture, aerospace and defense, electronics and consumer products, and textiles and apparel.
Clinton has advised clients in a wide range of customs, import, and trade remedy matters, including antidumping and countervailing duties; product marking and country of origin issues; tariff classification; valuation; prior disclosures; civil and criminal investigations; penalties, seizures/forfeitures, and liquidated damages; free trade agreements and trade preference programs (e.g., NAFTA, GSP); and import and export compliance programs and audits. His experience also extends to trade remedy issues such as AD/CVD scope inquiries and sunset/administrative reviews before the various relevant agencies and courts.
Clinton's experience in export controls and economic sanctions includes assisting clients with export classifications; deemed export compliance; advising companies and individuals on the effects of and compliance with economic sanctions such as Iran, Cuba and Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions; obtaining export licenses under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and the filing of voluntary disclosures. In addition, he counsels clients on export control and national security implications of mergers and acquisitions, including voluntary filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).
His experience in government contracts and federal procurement matters include bid protests, domestic preference requirements, contract/teaming agreement claims, and small business issues.
Clinton regularly represents clients before international trade regulatory agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); U.S. Dept. of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); U.S. Dept. of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); U.S. Dept. of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC); International Trade Commission (ITC); as well as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Small Business Administration (SBA)/Office of Hearings & Appeals (OHA).
His practice is limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Clinton practiced customs and international trade law in Houston, Texas, representing some of the largest energy companies in the world.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former president, Asian American Bar Association of Houston
Former co-chair, CLE seminars for the Houston Bar Association
Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019
Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List, 2013