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OVERVIEW

Karen A. McGee
Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P 202-408-6932

F 202-289-1330

OVERVIEW

Karen A. McGee
Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P 202-408-6932

F 202-289-1330

Karen McGee is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. She focuses her practice on international trade law. Having advised many different businesses from an array of industries over years of practice, Karen remains dedicated to providing practical and actionable legal solutions that are also in alignment with her client’s business operations and market segment.

OVERVIEW

Karen A. McGee Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P : 202-408-6932

Karen McGee is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. She focuses her practice on international trade law. Having advised many different businesses from an array of industries over years of practice, Karen remains dedicated to providing practical and actionable legal solutions that are also in alignment with her client’s business operations and market segment.

Karen counsels foreign and domestic clients and trade associations on international trade regulatory matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR); foreign assets controls; antidumping and countervailing duty orders; customs and import compliance; and other U.S. international trade regulations. She also advises on free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Karen provides comprehensive legal counsel regarding export licensing and classification, employment of foreign nationals, deemed exports, development and implementation of export compliance programs and export enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures relating to commercial and defense articles, defense services and technical data. She also advises clients on the export control and national security implications of mergers and acquisitions, including voluntary filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).

Moreover, Karen is involved in advising on a wide range of customs issues, such as country-of-origin/product marking, tariff classification, valuation, seizures, prior disclosures and intellectual property infringement. She represents clients, including trade associations, in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and Department of Commerce (DOC). Karen also represents clients in Section 337 investigations before the ITC.

In addition to the ITC, Karen regularly works with the array of U.S. government agencies that regulate international trade. This includes the Department of Defense (DOD); Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); Department of Commerce International Trade Administration and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); Department of Homeland Security Customs & Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC).

Notably, Karen serves as an educator who teaches basic and advanced level courses across the country on compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, such as the ITAR, EAR and OFAC.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC)

Member, The Association of Women in International Trade

Member, Women's Bar Association of District of Columbia

Member, Society for International Affairs (SIA)

Honors

Chambers USA, international trade nationwide category, 2016 and 2017

Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2012-2014

EXPERIENCE
  • Assisted aerospace parts manufacturer in notice to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) of acquisition by foreign purchaser.
  • Assisted client in obtaining release of night vision equipment seized by United States Customs and Border Protection upon payment of minimal civil fine.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the shareholders of Marquis Consulting Services, Inc. in a transaction in which Marquis was acquired by Gemalto, Inc., a world leader in digital security. Gemalto acquired all of the outstanding shares of Marquis, a primary provider of fully integrated services for drivers' license identification across the U.S. Gemalto's global headquarters is in Amsterdam with a presence in 44 countries throughout the world. Marquis is headquartered in Fort Wayne. Jeremy Reidy of the Fort Wayne office led the transaction team, which included Tuck Hopkins, Lisa Starks and Rebecca Johnson of the Fort Wayne office; Mina Amir-Mokri and Melissa Vallone of the Chicago office; Cassandra Best of the Atlanta office; Josh Hollingsworth, Tim Riffle, Michala Irons and Dave Durm of the Indianapolis office; and Karen McGee and Linda Weinberg of the Washington, D.C., office.
  • Defended large national company in federal investigations of export violation.
  • Developed and implemented “denied person” screening procedures for large U.S. multinational companies for use in screening employees, customers, contractors and vendors on a global basis.
  • Developed and implemented new export management systems, with particular emphasis on “deemed exports,” for manufacturer of subsystems for U.S. Navy and major multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Helped client obtain expedited licenses for exports of military hardware (night vision equipment and military vehicles) to U.S. and Coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Obtained positive commodity classification determination concerning software security system using encryption.
  • Obtained successful rulings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that imported medical equipment and container seals are eligible for Federal Procurement Under the Trade Agreements Act.
  • Prevailed in antidumping duty circumvention inquiry before Department of Commerce and appeals before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented United States in dispute over whether candles fell within an anti-dumping order. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed entry of judgment for our client.
  • Resolved without penalties voluntary disclosure to Department of Commerce regarding exports of hardware controlled under the Missile Technology Control Regime to various countries including China.
  • Resolved without penalty a voluntary disclosure to Department of State concerning exports of ITAR-controlled aircraft parts and related “deemed exports,” technical data, and defense services, including exports to countries subject to U.S. arms embargo.
  • Structured and obtained authorizations from Office of Foreign Assets Control and Department of Commerce for exports of medical equipment and agricultural supplies to sanctioned countries including Syria, Iran and Cuba.
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