Senior Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Customs Border Protection, IPR Branch

Dax Terrill is the Exclusion Order Enforcement Branch Chief within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Trade – Regulations and Rulings. In this capacity, he is responsible for the administration and enforcement of exclusion orders the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337). In particular, he oversees determinations related to the application of exclusion orders and the admissibility of articles seeking entry into the United States. This includes the administrative rulings and inter partes proceedings the Exclusion Order Enforcement Branch conducts under 19 C.F.R. 177. Mr. Terrill is also responsible for providing substantive advice and support to the U.S. Department of Justice with Section 337-based cases involving CBP determinations and actions when challenged in the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT), U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Terrill returned to CBP after serving as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) from 2017 to 2021. At USTR, Mr. Terrill worked in the Office of General Counsel providing legal advice to the different policy offices and defending the agency’s actions in federal court, primarily the CIT. His areas of responsibility at USTR included intellectual property matters and trade remedies issues, especially safeguard measures. Moreover, Mr. Terrill was responsible for representing the United States in offensive and defensive dispute settlement proceedings before panels at the World Trade Organization.

Prior to that, Mr. Terrill worked in the legacy Intellectual Property Rights Branch within CBP on various trademark, copyright, and Section 337-related matters. Before his initial time at CBP, Mr. Terrill worked at a Washington D.C. law firm and within the Office of the Administrative Law Judges at the ITC. He received a B.A. from Mary Washington College and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, with a concentration on intellectual property law.