Gardere Welcomes Three International Trade Attorneys in Dallas


Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of International Trade Attorneys Michelle Schulz, Elsa Manzanares and Kate Purdom in the Firm's Dallas office. The three join Gardere from Braumiller Schulz LLP, a leading firm in the field of international trade law.

"We are excited to have Michelle, Elsa and Kate join us," says Gardere Chair Holland N. O'Neil. "The domestic and international trade expertise they provide will be welcomed by our clients and will further enhance many of our practice areas including Energy and International."

Ms. Schulz, who joins the Firm as a partner, brings more than 12 years of international trade and customs experience. She has experience handling matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Bureau of Industry and Security. In addition, Ms. Schulz currently serves on the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, a senior-level advisory body to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Aerospace.

"I am truly privileged and excited to be a part of this outstanding Firm and, along with my team, look forward to growing a global trade division at Gardere that embodies the very best in professional leadership, innovation and integrity," says Ms. Schulz. "Our goal is not only to meet the needs of our clients, but also to exceed their expectations whenever possible."

Ms. Manzanares, who also joins the Firm as a partner, focuses her practice on compliance with domestic and international regulations governing export of dual-use commodities, defense articles, software and technology. She frequently represents clients on compliance with ITAR, EAR, and the various embargo and sanctions programs administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also advises clients on import compliance matters, including valuation, classification and country of origin/marking issues, seizures of goods by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, anti-dumping/countervailing duty matters before the Import Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and trade litigation in the U.S. Court of International Trade. She also assists companies with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance matters.

"We chose Gardere for the quality of the Firm's lawyers," says Ms. Manzanares. "Global trade compliance impacts multiple business functions, and our international trade practice perfectly complements many of the Firm's practice groups. We are excited about collaborating with our new colleagues, whose depth of experience will be of great benefit to our clients."

As an associate, Ms. Purdom focuses her practice on helping companies successfully navigate the extensive export control regulations, which include interpreting EAR, ITAR, FCPA and Federal Trade Regulations. Her expertise also includes assisting companies with voluntary disclosures to a variety of agencies, including the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bank for International Settlements, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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