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Joseph W. Rohe

Joseph W. Rohe

Senior Associate

T (864) 751-7668/(843) 300-6656
F (864) 751-7800

Joseph is a logistics and international trade attorney practicing with the firm’s Manufacturing and Transportation and Logistics Industry Groups. He is a licensed United States Customs broker and Certified Customs Specialist. Joseph’s practice involves advising clients on:

  • Import/export compliance
  • Cargo loss, theft and recovery                       
  • Classification and valuation
  • C-TPAT certification
  • Duty drawbacks and protests
  • Free trade agreements and preference programs
  • Foreign trade zones and duty deferral programs
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Rules of origin and country of origin marking

In addition, Joseph is a commercial litigator with experience in product liability and catastrophic injury litigation, commercial real estate litigation and premise liability, and general business litigation.

Following graduation from The Citadel, Joseph moved to England to study international and European trade law at the University of Durham. Upon completing his English law degree and returning to South Carolina, he began working in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance defense in Charleston, while also completing an American law degree. Joseph relocated to Greenville in 2010 to accept a clerkship with the Honorable Robin B. Stilwell, Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, and subsequently joined Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed International Law (2017)
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite: International (2017)
  • South Carolina Bar’s Leadership Academy (2018)
Thought Leadership


February 13, 2018
January 4, 2018
April 1, 2016
January 12, 2016
July 24, 2015
July 15, 2015
SC Expands FTZ Alternative Sites Framework, The Transportation Newsletter
January, 2015
October 1, 2014
June 26, 2014
Proposed Rulemaking on Coercion of CMV Drivers, The Transportation Newsletter
April 1, 2014
National CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, The Transportation Newsletter
March 27, 2013
July 3, 2012
FMCSA Announces Medical Examiner Registry, The Transportation Newsletter
January 23, 2012
FMCSA Bans Handheld Mobile Devices, The Transportation Newsletter
January 23, 2012
How An MCS-150 Can Affect Your CSA Score, The Transportation Newsletter
January 23, 2012
New Standards for Cargo Security, The Transportation Newsletter

Published Works

  • "The England Reservation—It's not a hotel booking in London" The Defense Line, Fall 2015
  • “Nonconsensual Towing of Commercial Motor Vehicles,” For the Defense, December 2013.
  • “Spoliation and Event Data Preservation: Are you sure you downloaded that ECM?,” The Defense Line, Summer 2012
  • “FMCSA Announces Medical Examiner Registry,” The Transportation Lawyer, July 2012 (co-authored with Robert D. Moseley, Jr.)
  • “South Carolina Moves to Limit Punitive Damages: The Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011,” The Defense Line, Spring 2012
  • “FMCSA Bans Handheld Mobile Devices,” The Transportation Lawyer, February 2012 (co-authored with Robert D. Moseley, Jr.)
  • Commerce Club of Greenville
    • Board of Governors
  • United Way of Greenville County
    • Loaned Executive, 2014-2015
    • Member, Young Philanthropists Council
  • University of Durham School of Law, College of St. Chad, Durham, England, LL.B., Honours, 2007
  • The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, B.S., 2003
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Trucking Law Committee
    • Member, Steering Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, Practice and Procedure Committee
    • Member, Resolution of Fee Disputes Board
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

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