Michelle Schulz

Co-Chair, International and International Trade
Partner, Corporate
Dallas
3000 Thanksgiving Tower
1601 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
t 214.999.4181 f 214.999.3181
mschulz@gardere.com
Houston
2000 Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
t 713.276.5181 f 713.276.5555

Michelle Schulz represents primarily Fortune 500 companies, large defense and aerospace contractors, manufacturers, and oil and gas companies in international trade compliance and enforcement matters, including U.S. government investigations, internal audits, disclosures, licensing and counseling on international trade regulations governing exports and imports. Her work focuses on the export and import of dual-use items and defense articles, software and technology.

Michelle primarily focuses her practice on:

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  • Customs Regulations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Various embargo and sanctions programs administered by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Under the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Michelle serves on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee for Export Administration (PECSEA), a senior-level advisory body to the U.S. Department of Commerce and, in particular, its Bureau of Industry and Security in Washington, D.C. In addition, she serves as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace. Michelle holds a secret level security clearance.

Viewed as an excellent communicator, Michelle is frequently hired to review processes, make significant adjustments and improve trade compliance. On the front-end of a crisis, she designs much-needed procedures on export and import processes, conducts compliance training, analyses classifications, prepares license applications and advises clients on how best to limit risk exposure. Clients that are focused on prevention can avoid missteps, but many don’t look up until there is a crisis.

Michelle often works with companies seeking to do business in the U.S., or ship to and from the U.S., Asia, Europe, South America, Mexico and worldwide. Shipments of cargo, freight and aircraft are virtually always time sensitive. Michelle advises clients to pay attention to the supply chain issues. She has the business background to view both the operational issues and the regulatory concerns.

Michelle also has hands-on enforcement experience with the FCPA, including experience working with the U.S. Department of Justice. She advises clients on FCPA compliance and works closely with a forensic accounting firm, including certified fraud examiners. Michelle is skilled at helping clients keep up with the horizon issues and regulatory changes that occur every year.

Important agency and regulatory experience includes:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
  • Foreign-Trade Zone establishment and compliance (FTZ)
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS)

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