Thomas M. Keating
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Tom's legal practice is concentrated in the areas of customs, international trade and other laws affecting the importation or exportation of merchandise. Tom is listed in several editions of Strathmore's Who's Who and has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, as well as in Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He has been listed as "AV" (very high to preeminent) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory continuously since 1989. He is listed as an Illinois"Super Lawyer" in the May 2005 and February 2006 issues of Chicago Magazine. Tom has lectured and written on various aspects of customs and international trade law for example: grey market, classification of merchandise for duty assessment purposes, customs valuation, country of origin determination and marking requirements, foreign assembly operations eligible for reduced duty treatment, foreign customs laws, U.S. China Trade Relations and Trade Remedies, the U.S. - Canada and the North American Free Trade Agreements, as well as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism [CTPAT]. Tom's practice has been devoted primarily to customs and international trade law and related issues since his admission to the bar in 1983.
Prior to his admission to the bar Tom, served in management positions for nine years for a major midwestern railroad with responsibilities in the areas: of accounting, purchasing, marketing, traffic and economic forecasting. He was admitted to practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission. Tom served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph Schneider, the Presiding Judge of the County Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County (1981-83).
Tom is admitted to the Illinois bar and the bars of the U.S. Court of International Trade; the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal and Seventh Circuits.
Bar Association, and Professional Organizations
He served as the chairs of the Customs and U.S. International Trade Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (1988-1990) and the Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Section Council (1992-93), and served as the Chair of the Joint Illinois State Bar Association - Advocates Society Twinning Project with the National Bar Association of Poland (1989-92). He is the past President of the International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) (1994-95), the oldest continuously operating international trade organization in the U.S. He has also served as chair of the ITCC's Import Committee, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer (1995-present) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the ITCC since 1988.
Tom received his baccalaureate degree from Northwestern University where he was selected for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an academic society; his law degree is from the De Paul University School of Law where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.