Damon V. PikeInternational Tax Principal; Customs & International Trade Services at BDO
Damon leads the Customs and International Trade Services (CITS) group within the firm’s International Tax Services practice with more than 32 years of experience helping multinational companies navigate the complex rules governing the cross-border movement of goods and services. The goal of the CITS team is to provide end-to-end global consulting services for all aspects of import/export planning and compliance.
In addition, Damon advises clients on export compliance and exports controls, often in the context of government contracts under the Trade Agreements Act. He has worked with many companies in filing Voluntary Self Disclosures with, e.g., the Bureau of Industry & Security (Commerce Dept.), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State Department), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (Treasury Dept.).
Over his lengthy career, Damon has assisted clients with all aspects of customs and international trade issues. He is especially renowned for his insights in harmonizing transfer pricing policies and customs valuation requirements as part of designing in-house customs and trade compliance programs. While in private law practice, he litigated the first tariff classification case for 3D printers at the US Court of International Trade. Damon’s other areas of expertise include country of origin determinations, free trade agreements qualification, and customs controversy matters (audits, Prior Disclosures, Protests, etc.)
Prior to running his own firm from 2006-2018, Damon spent 13 years with a Big Four firm as the National Director of the firm’s customs consulting practice. He has experience in the legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, beginning his career as a law clerk to the Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave at the U.S. Court of International Trade. Damon was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the Atlanta-based law firm of Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend).
Damon is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where he teaches “Customs Law” based on the book he co-authored of the same name, the only U.S. law school casebook ever published in this field. He has written countless articles over his career and is an accomplished public speaker on the topic of international trade policy and customs planning. Damon was the keynote speaker at the first World Customs Organization summit on transfer pricing and customs valuation in 2007.