John B. Kern International Law LLC
334 E. Bay St., Ste. 246
Charleston, SC 29401
Toll Free from the US:
+1 (843) 730 1133
From the UK & Europe:
+44 (0) 203 411 9600
Via degli Aceri, 14
Rep. of San Marino
+378 (0549) 911-007
Mr. Kern is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
As a commercial litigator and arbitration lawyer, Kern manages complex, multistate and multinational cases in the United States and abroad. His clients benefit from his more than 22 years of experience representing individuals, small businesses, Fortune 500® companies, charities and government authorities with an emphasis on the resolution of rights which are complicated by cross-border relationships and regulation.
He has succeeded in representing clients in several international arbitration matters, including before the ICC (Paris, France and Hong Kong SAR) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (New York, NY) as well as the American Arbitration Association. When he was the chairman of hte South Carolina Bar's International Law Committee, Mr. Kern was invited to speak on contracting techniques before the ICC’s annual meeting.
In 2015, Mr. Kern won a reversal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a major case brought against a tax advisor client by the US government (the IRS). On appeal, the Obama IRS was found to have violated the privacy rights of the tax advisor and the decision of the US District Court was reversed.
He is listed by the U.S. Department of State as a qualified representative of families in international child abduction matters and has represented both custodial parents and parents with rights of access protected by international and U.S. law.
Mr. Kern fought a 7-year long landmark case against the Clinton Administration's Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security (then the INS) to protect the rights of investor immigrants and their families.
Kern provides advice to immigrant investors on the complexity of the US tax code in order to assure their compliance with IRS’ reporting requirements.
John B. Kern has chaired the South Carolina Bar International Law Committee for five years. In this context, he organized continuing legal education conferences on international humanitarian and economic development opportunities for lawyers and legal aspects of fighting international terrorism.
As a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg, Austria, his international legal contacts are advantageous to his clientele. Kern strives to remain up-to-date on transnational legal developments vital to his clients.
He is a designee of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s ELAN program, providing export-related legal advice to US companies seeking to expand their markets abroad.
He was named as a qualified advisor by the Swiss government (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (OSEC, now Switzerland Global Enterprise)) to enable Swiss SMEs in locating and investing in the United States.
As the ABA Section on International Law & Practice delegate, he drafted the South Carolina Supreme Court’s rule on Foreign Legal Consultants, adopted by the SC Bar and the Supreme Court in 2005.
His early career work in Washington, DC for three U.S. Senators allowed a broad understanding of the political process. He holds J.D. and M.M. (M.B.A.) degrees from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and a B.A. in political science from Seattle Pacific University.
John was chairman of Charleston Habitat for Humanity, Inc. during a period of record growth and stabilization following the charity’s organization in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, SC.