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Global Trade and Customs Firm Welcomes Export Practice Leader Kristine Pirnia

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., announced today that Kristine Pirnia has joined the firm as a member and will lead its export controls and sanctions practice from the Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Pirnia is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in export controls, sanctions and anti-bribery related matters such as program development, internal investigations and training, both within corporations and in private practice. 

“Kristine’s expertise and judgment will immediately benefit our clients in meeting the challenges presented by the increasing complexity and globalization of trade related requirements, especially in her ability to craft efficient and cost-effective compliance strategies and resolve current issues. For more than 40 years ST&R has been a leader in providing advice and counsel to importers and exporters, and Kristine’s leadership will be invaluable as we continue to expand the breadth and depth of the services we offer,” said ST&R Managing Partner Thomas G. Travis. 

Most recently Ms. Pirnia served as vice president and deputy general counsel for global trade controls for an international company, where she managed a large team with responsibility for global licensing, investigations, disclosures, policy and tool development, training, communications, audits, and other trade control program elements. Her more than 15 years’ experience as a trade compliance and anti-bribery attorney includes designing systems and controls for import and export compliance, conducting internal investigations and developing internal control policies and programs, negotiating settlement agreements with federal agencies, developing and administering training, and providing programmatic and investigation support related to global anti-bribery statutes. 

Ms. Pirnia provides compliance and investigation support regarding export control laws and regulations (including the EAR and ITAR) in the U.S. and overseas. She also develops strategies for the evolving sanctions issues under the OFAC regulations and manages CFIUS reviews and filings. She has substantial experience preparing and submitting requests for commodity jurisdiction and classification requests as well as advisory opinions; voluntary disclosures; and responses to requests for information, subpoenas, audits, and investigations. She also advises on due diligence and integration efforts related to mergers and acquisitions. 

Ms. Pirnia holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. She is a member of the bar in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She can be reached at kpirnia@strtrade.com, (202) 730-4964, or on LinkedIn.

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