Richard Eaton is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade. The CIT, located in New York City, is an Article III Court with primary jurisdiction over customs matters (classification, valuation, country of origin) and cases relating to fair international trade (dumping and subsidization). Judge Eaton is the author of more than 150 published opinions.
Following law school, Judge Eaton practiced briefly in Cooperstown, NY, where he was elected Village Justice, and with his father in Walton, NY. In 1976, he was asked by Senator-elect Daniel Patrick Moynihan to join his staff where he eventually became Chief of Staff.
In 1983, Judge Eaton joined the New York law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon as an associate and later became a partner. From 1995 to 1999, he was partner-in-charge of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s Washington, DC, office. In New York and Washington, Judge Eaton’s private practice included documenting financial transactions (for the most part municipal offerings), general litigation (largely insurance matters dealing with environmental pollution) and government affairs.
At various times, the Chief Justice of the United States has designated Judge Eaton to sit on the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Eleventh Circuits or to sit as a District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York or the District Court of the District of Columbia.
EDUCATION: Ithaca College, B.A.; Albany Law School, J.D.