Michael T. Cone


T:  (212) 655-5471

E:  michael.cone@fisherbroyles.legal

New York Office


Michael T. Cone

Practice Areas:

  • Customs Penalty Defense
  • Customs Classification, Valuation, & Country of Origin
  • Trump Tariffs
  • Antidumping & Countervailing Duties
  • Federal Regulatory Compliance (FDA, FTC, CPSC, US Fish & Wildlife, etc.)
  • Commercial Litigation Arising from International Transactions
  • Trade Issues Involving Cannabis/Hemp/CBD
  • Export Controls
  • OFAC
  • FCPA

Michael is a member of the firm’s International Trade and Cannabis/Hemp/CBD practices, and concentrates in the areas of regulatory, customs, and international trade law.

He counsels clients on compliance issues enforced by a panoply of federal and state agencies which regulate the importation, marketing and sale of merchandise.

Michael also represents clients in commercial litigation arising from international transactions, and regularly appears in federal and state courts to protect their interests whether as plaintiff or defendant.

He also provides assistance with export controls, OFAC, and FCPA.

Michael speaks frequently at professional and trade events, and has been featured in print and broadcast media including the New York Times, NPR, CNN Money, and CBS News. In 2007, the New York Times featured his lawsuit challenging gender-based customs duties on its front page.

Michael is fluent in French, and is a leading voice combatting the global phenomenon popularly referred to as the “Pink Tax”.

Large Firm & Corporate Experience:

  • Baker & McKenzie (New York)
  • Coudert Brothers (New York)
  • Moquet, Borde, Dieux, Geens & Associés (Paris)
  • Kellogg Company (Battle Creek)

Judicial Experience:

  • U.S. Court of International Trade – Law Clerk to the Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan – Intern to the Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor

Executive, Board of Directors, and Advisory Committee Positions:

  • Managing Partner of FisherBroyles’ New York and Washington, D.C. Offices, 2013-2018
  • U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee on Rules, 2008-2019
  • The Gohan Society, General Counsel and Board Director, 2005-2018

Bar Admissions:

  • New York


  • Washington College of Law – American University, LL.M. (International Business Law)
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • University of San Diego Institute on International and Comparative Law
  • University of Michigan, B.A. (Honors Program)


  • French

Professional Publications and Media Coverage:

Selected Speaking Engagements:

  • 2019 Georgetown Law International Trade Update – Panel Moderator for session entitled “Customs – Age of Enforcement”
  • Presented on key issues and provided best practice insights to small French companies seeking to enter the US market, pursuant to the invitation of France’s International Chamber of Commerce – Normandy, October 2017
  • Presented “Defending Customs Penalty Actions: Key Points and Best Practices” at Marcus Evans’ 7th International Trade Compliance Convention, May 2017
  • Alongside Thomas Wolf, the US Consul in Bordeaux, presented to French start-ups and small companies on “Exporting to the USA”, pursuant to the invitation of France’s International Chamber of Commerce –  Cognac, April 2016
  • Panelist for “Protest Denied! Now What?”, a session at the annual convention of the International Compliance Professionals Association, March 2016
  • Heritage Foundation Guest Speaker, Trade Roundtable Luncheon, “Why Women (and Sometimes Men) Pay More: Tariffs and Clothing Prices”, December 2013
  • Van Andel Global Trade Center, “Basics of NAFTA”, October 2013
  • French-American Chambers of Commerce – New York, NY & Chicago, IL; “Importing into the US: Evolving Regulatory Compliance & Supply Chain Issues that Affect Your Risk Profile & Bottom Line,” November 2011 (Chicago); and“Importing Merchandise into the US: Issues, Best Practices, & the Changing Environment,” February 2011 (New York)
  • Georgetown Law CLE International Trade Update – Washington, D.C.; “Year in Review: Customs,” February 2012; “Customs Litigation,” February 2011; and “Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Customs Case,” February 2010
  • Van Andel Global Trade Center – Grand Rapids, MI; “Fundamentals of Exporting and Importing Textiles and Apparel,” November 2012; “Agricultural Imports and the Food Safety Modernization Act,” January 2011; and “NAFTA: Focus on Canada,” November 2007
  • Anchin Block & Anchin – New York, NY;  “Food for Thought: Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” October 2011
  • Convention Mondissimo du Commerce International – Paris, France; “Règlementation Douanière et Transport: La Nouvelle Donne Aux USA,” March 2011
  • ABA International Law Section Spring Meeting – Washington D.C.; “What’s Happening at the CIT,” April 2009
  • International Boston Seafood Show – Boston, MA;  “Shrimp Forum: Ins & Outs of Trading and America’s Favorite Seafood,” March 2007; “Importation of Seafood,” March 2006
  • Judicial Conferences of the U.S. Court of International Trade – New York, NY;  “Making the CIT Accessible to Small Businesses,” November 2004; and “Scientific Expert Testimony at the CIT,” November 2002