Patrick de Lapérouse

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Patrick de Lapérouse is a senior associate in the Firm's Washington DC office, where he is a member of the International Commercial Practice Group. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Patrick worked at another international law firm, focusing on inbound and outbound international trade matters.

Practice Focus

Patrick advises clients on inbound and outbound international trade matters, including customs, export controls, and economic sanctions laws and regulations.

Patrick assists clients with customs compliance issues including valuation, country-of-origin, tariff classification, free trade agreements, duty preference programs and trade enforcement actions. He has experience with customs prior disclosures, protests, penalty petitions, compliance audits, enforcement actions before US Customs and Border Protection, as well as trade litigation before the US Court of International Trade and binational panels constituted under the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement. Patrick has also advised clients on export control and economic sanctions compliance matters and represented clients before the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Patrick also advises clients on international trade due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic supply chain planning, and the design, implementation and administration of effective inbound and outbound compliance programs.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, Patrick advised on the following matters:

  • Assisted a leading US company in securing approval by CFIUS of its USD 850 million sale of an identity management business.
  • Represented a government client before the Department of Commerce in the Fifth Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute.
  • Advised DLH Holdings, a healthcare services contractor, on its USD 70 million acquisition of Social & Scientific Systems, a public health research organization.


  • Court of International Trade~United States (2024)
  • District of Columbia~United States (2017)
  • Maryland~United States (2016)


  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude) (2016)
  • Whittier College (B.A.) (2008)


  • English