Photo:Peter Quinter was able to get a shipment of auto parts seized by U.S. Customs at JaxPort returned to his client.
Of Counsel - Florida Law
Accustomed to trade: Miami attorney represents importers and exporters
While the typical lawyer’s office is filled with books and paper, Peter Quinter’s digs on Brickell Avenue are brimming with merchandise, ranging from footwear to electronics. “I deal with cargo,” he says of his legal specialty. “That’s the business I’m in.” Dozens of U.S. government agencies monitor the flow of goods across the nation’s borders to ensure compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.
Occasionally, those agencies stop shipments that don’t comply with the law. Some violations can result in monetary penalties — or jail time. That’s where Quinter comes in, working to help importers and exporters settle disputes with the government and get back to business.
“The typical client is someone who’s sick with a legal problem,” he says. “They’re not coming to me for their wellness check-up — 80% are coming in with a cough or headache. So I’m a legal doctor. I’m a problem-solver.”
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