Michelle Schulz

Co-Chair, International and International Trade
Partner, Corporate
Dallas
2021 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75201
t 214.999.4181 f 214.999.3181
mschulz@gardere.com
Houston
1000 Louisiana Street
Suite 2000
Houston, Texas 77002-2099
t 713.276.5181 f 713.276.5555

An experienced international trade attorney, Michelle Schulz represents Fortune 500 companies, manufacturers and distributors, defense contractors, oil and gas companies, and other entities in all aspects of international trade compliance and enforcement.  She advocates for exporters and importers in U.S. government investigations, fines and penalties, audits, disclosures, and other trade matters. Michelle speaks German and French and is comfortable holding professional meetings in either language. 

Michelle’s core international trade practice covers areas such as:

  • Anti-boycott
  • Anti-bribery
  • Customs Clearance
  • Defense Exports / ITAR
  • Dual-Use Exports / EAR
  • Duties and tariff reduction
  • Exports in Services
  • Foreign Investment / CFIUS
  • Foreign-Trade Zones
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Imports
  • Sanctions and Embargoes / OFAC
  • Technology and Encryption Exports
  • Trade Data Reporting and Collection 

Viewed as an excellent communicator, Michelle is frequently hired to represent clients before government agencies in trade compliance and enforcement matters.  She is well versed in negotiating with enforcement officers and partnering with clients to improve their processes. On the front-end of a crisis, she designs tailored export and import procedures, conducts compliance training, analyses product classifications, prepares license applications, and advises clients on how best to limit risk exposure.

Over the years Michelle has guided clients through international business transactions across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and worldwide. She understands that shipments are virtually always time sensitive. As a former business owner, she has the practical background to address both the regulatory concerns and the operational issues.

Michelle also has hands-on enforcement experience with the FCPA, including negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice. She advises clients on FCPA compliance and enforcement matters and works closely with a forensic accounting firm for efficient and accurate accounting reviews.

Under the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Michelle served six years as a senior advisor on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee for Export Administration (PECSEA) in Washington, D.C.  This subcommittee was appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Commerce and ultimately the President of the United States on Export Control Reform.  Michelle chaired the PECSEA’s Data Transmission and Security Subcommittee.  Currently, she is a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace, where she chairs the Export Expansion Subcommittee. Michelle holds a secret level security clearance.  On the state level, she is the Chair of the International Law Section of the Texas State Bar.

As a recognized leader in her field, she regularly presents on international trade topics at professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Michelle is particularly skilled at helping clients keep up with the horizon issues and regulatory changes that may occur at a moment’s notice.  

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