KRISTINE PIRNIA is a Partner, Advisory Committee with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and leads its Export Controls and Sanctions Practice. She is based in San Diego and resident in the San Francisco office. She is an accomplished professional and leader 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. 

Ms. Pirnia counsels clients on understanding and complying with export control laws and regulations (including the EAR and ITAR) in the U.S. and overseas. She also develops strategies for evolving sanctions issues under the OFAC regulations and has expertise in managing 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. 

Prior to joining ST&R, 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 holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C.

  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Business Administration
State Bar Memberships
  • Washington, D.C.

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