Steven Brotherton

Export Controls Practice Leader
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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Areas of Practice

Bar associations

  • American Bar Association
    Member, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee

State Bar Memberships


University of Alabama,

Auburn University,
B.S., international business

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    Appointed member, Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee
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STEVEN BROTHERTON is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the San Francisco office, and leads its Export Controls and Sanctions Practice. A leading authority on U.S. export control matters, Mr. Brotherton counsels a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 50 companies to mid-size companies to start-ups, on export control laws and regulations.

Mr. Brotherton’s practice encompasses advising on the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). His work includes developing and implementing global export compliance programs, leading audits and investigations, developing and executing strategic export license planning and administration, and representing companies in connection with government investigations and enforcement actions. He has administered the implementation of precedent-setting ITAR consent agreements and successfully resolved ITAR jurisdiction issues impacting global supply chains. He has also obtained favorable EAR determinations on scores of commodity jurisdiction applications for technologies utilized in military and space end-uses. In addition, he has negotiated U.S. government approval and congressional certification for multi-billion dollar projects, including, in several cases, presidential approval for exports to China.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brotherton managed the export controls practice at an AmLaw 100 law firm for 15 years. He began his career in export controls in an in-house position at a Fortune 50 defense and aerospace company where he supported various space, rocket, and military programs.

Mr. Brotherton is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on export control regulation and policy. He is also chair of CompTia's Encryption Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, the CompTia Export Controls Committee, the Organization of Women in International Trade, and the Society for International Affairs. Mr. Brotherton holds a J.D. from the University of Alabama and a B.S. in international business from Auburn University and is admitted to the bar in California.

Professional Associations

Chair, Encryption Committee
Member, Economic Sanctions Committee

Organization of Women in International Trade

Society for International Affairs

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