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OVERVIEW

Linda M. Weinberg
Partner

Washington, D.C.

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

P 202-408-6902

F 202-289-1330

OVERVIEW

Linda M. Weinberg
Partner

Washington, D.C.

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

P 202-408-6902

F 202-289-1330

Linda Weinberg provides practical advice to business and institutional clients on international trade law, including export controls, foreign assets control and customs. She works regularly with the U.S. and foreign government agencies that regulate international trade to help clients realize their distinct objectives surrounding their global commerce initiatives.

OVERVIEW

Linda M. Weinberg Partner

Washington, D.C.

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

P : 202-408-6902

Linda Weinberg provides practical advice to business and institutional clients on international trade law, including export controls, foreign assets control and customs. She works regularly with the U.S. and foreign government agencies that regulate international trade to help clients realize their distinct objectives surrounding their global commerce initiatives.

Co-chair of the firm’s International Trade practice group, Linda advises and represents clients on commodity jurisdiction, export classification, licensing, technical assistance agreements, and enforcement related to defense articles and dual-use items, encryption software and technical data and services. Her experience extends to a range of industries, including aerospace, satellite, nuclear, electronics, defense, security and software, among others. She has represented clients in export control matters elevated to the inter-agency Operating Committee and the Advisory Committee on Export Policy.

Linda is a member of the core team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).

In addition, Linda provides clients with counseling, licensing services and enforcement representation with respect to U.S. economic sanctions, related USA PATRIOT Act issues, anti-boycott regulation and CFIUS. Notably, she assists research and development companies and universities in complying with U.S. export control laws, particularly with respect to technology transfers to foreign national researchers and students.

Linda’s practice also encompasses U.S. Customs regulations on imports, including free trade agreements, country-of-origin marking, valuation, classification, security, transportation issues, domestic preferences and enforcement of intellectual property rights. She resolves complex free trade agreement verifications, seizures, voluntary disclosures and penalties. Linda has successfully pursued binding rulings, regulatory changes, protests, petitions and litigation. She also assists clients with tariff matters under Section 301 and Section 232, as well as enforcement of exclusion orders issued by the International Trade Commission under Section 337.

Linda works diligently with her clients to minimize legal spend and maximize efficiency by designing internal international trade systems that make sense to her client’s business model. She is most appreciated for her clear answers to complicated and difficult questions. A collaborator by nature, Linda strives to serve as the ultimate team player when it comes to designing solutions that work for her client’s specific company, industry and operations.

Linda takes the time to educate her clients and the greater community on the complex and relevant issues that impact international trade today. She teaches basic and advanced level courses across the country on compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and U.S. sanctions and embargos.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Society for International Affairs

Member, D.C. Bar International Law Section

Honors

Chambers USA, 2016

Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2013

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.
  • Assisted in obtaining licenses and favorable conditions for exports of satellites to be launched on foreign launch vehicles.
  • 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.
  • Client obtained favorable result in inter-agency jurisdictional and licensing dispute between Departments of Commerce and State regarding export of chemical weapons demilitarization technology to China.
  • 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.
  • Participated in criminal defense of individual exporter of computers and software, resulting in full acquittal.
  • Recovered client funds seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and persuaded Assistant U.S. Attorney to conclude criminal investigation of foreign money transfers without indictment or other further action.
  • Represented exporter of sensitive defense articles in criminal investigation and successfully deterred prosecution.
  • 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.
INSIGHTS & EVENTS
Publications
  • “On Whose Behalf? Underlying Conflicts of the Antidumping Standing Rules,” 20 Loy, L.A.L. Rev. No. 2, 573-95 (1987)
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