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Export Controls Practice

Stagg P.C. was named 2020 Export Controls Law Firm of the Year - New York for the fifth consecutive year

Stagg P.C. provides clients with unique added value to navigate export control laws. In particular, the firm is led by a lawyer who was previously a senior export controls regulator. This experience involved administering and enforcing export control laws, as well as re-writing the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for Export Control Reform. As such, our background and perspective helps to guide clients through otherwise opaque government procedures and by advancing their interests before the agencies.

Indicative of its difference-making approach, the firm's public thought leadership is unrivaled. We have successfully advocated major changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), wrote the industry's only guide on how to prepare effective public comments to proposed rulemaking, and originated a novel legal argument that was successfully advanced by 21 state governments against the State Department in export control litigation.

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Strategic Representation

With deep experience on both the government and industry side, we help companies advance and protect their interests by developing effective strategies that anticipate and address government concerns. For example, we have worked with clients to ensure that new regulations exclude their activities, thereby opening markets and lowering regulatory risk. We also help companies negotiate consent agreements.

Agency Appeals

With judicial review rarely an option, the agency appeal is of critical importance to reverse an adverse action but it involves highly-opaque government procedures. With our government experience, we provide "last resort" legal counsel in these special situations to seek reversal of adverse agency actions, such as enforcement matters, regulatory interpretations and commodity jurisdiction (CJ) or classification (CCATS) cases.

Jurisdiction & Classification

Jurisdiction and classification is the starting point for all export control issues. With significant government and private sector experience, we help companies resolve jurisdiction and classification issues. For example, we developed an enterprise-wide jurisdiction and classification program with a major defense prime that increased compliance and reduced risk. We also handle large-scale jurisdiction and classification projects.

With its considerable experience, the firm has a leading practice in the areas of commodity jurisdiction, large-scale classification projects, and technical data and software classification assistance.

Risk Management & Compliance

Not only does it further legal compliance but an effective risk management and compliance program can save companies significant time and resources by catching potential violations before they occur. Our risk management programs help companies to focus on their business activities while having confidence in their compliance systems, which reduces the risk of violations as well as costly disclosures and investigations.

Enforcement Matters & Internal Investigations

When a potential violation is discovered, we help companies to identify whether an actual violation of export control laws took place. If so, we advise on the implementation of corrective actions to reduce further risk of repeat violations. For government investigations, we advise companies on managing an otherwise highly-opaque area that concerns various disclosures and representations to the government.

In-House Secondment

Stagg P.C. has extensive experience in providing legal expertise on temporary and long-term secondment deployment to add an integrated, boots-on-the-ground trade compliance assistance to corporate legal departments that require highly-experienced counsel on a rapid and cost-effective basis. The firm has experience on providing these arrangements with Fortune 500 companies.

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