Chris Pey, Esq.


Practice Areas:

  • Energy/Oil & Gas Law
  • International
  • Litigation – Appellate
  • Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Litigation & Risk Management
  • Regulatory Law & Government Contracts

Bar Admissions:

  • California (inactive)
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd and 9th Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
    •        Northern District, CA
    •        Central District, CA
    •        Southern District, NY
    •        Eastern District, NY
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Boston University, School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Colgate University, B.A., History, 1985

Corporate Experience: 

  • Livingston, Intl., Director, U.S. Consulting 

Large Law Firm Experience

  • Coudert Brothers, LLP
  • Baker & McKenzie, LLP

Chris Pey is an experienced litigator with over 25 years’ experience.  He has led (first chair) six federal cases through to decision, and has briefed cases in venues from California state court all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Pey also advises companies on federal regulatory and trade compliance issues usually involving the import and export of products. Throughout his career, he has represented Fortune 100 and mid-market companies in federal court and before many federal regulatory agencies, including CBP, FCC, CPSC, FTC, FDA, FWS, ITC, and the Department of Commerce generally.  In addition to practicing at Coudert Brothers and Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Pey has experience working at small boutique law firms and also headed a leading Customs broker’s U.S. trade compliance group.  He has twice served as law clerk for Judge R. Kenton Musgrave of the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Representative Transactions Include

  • Successfully representing clients facing penalty assessments, reducing penalty amounts between 10-90%
  • Defending regulatory audits, pre-audit reviews
  • Preparing voluntary disclosures
  • Obtaining scope rulings, CBP classification and valuation rulings
  • Planning and administering duty-reduction strategies (drawback, FTZs, etc.)

The products involved range from automotive parts to medical devices, from petroleum distillates to plastic toys, from chemicals to textiles. Though successful litigating against the government early in his career, his clients now focus on compliance and regulatory issues relating to importing and exporting.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pey has given seminars on preparing for audits, customs classification, valuation, NAFTA and other compliance issues. He is a licensed customshouse broker, and is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA).

Presentations & Teaching Experience

  • Speaker, American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) Annual Conference, 2005

Supreme Court Briefs

  • Co-Author – Briefs representing Polaroid and Amoco Oil Co. in challenge to constitutionality of harbor maintenance tax in United States v. U.S. Shoe Corp., 523 U.S. 360 (1998).