Alan is a Shareholder and leader of Maynard Cooper’s International Trade & National Security Practice. He is also the co-founder of the firm’s Global Solutions Group. Alan’s practice is focused on international trade strategies, government investigations and regulatory enforcement, and trade dispute resolution.
International Trade Strategies
Alan represents firm clients in all areas of international trade, including:
- Export controls (U.S. defense/ITAR, dual-use/EAR, and EU controls)
- Economic and trade sanctions programs/embargoes (including Iran, Russia, Cuba and Cyber-related)
- Customs/import controls
- Anti-boycott restrictions
- Global anti-corruption laws (U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act)
- Foreign direct investment/national security reviews (CFIUS)
- Anti-money laundering compliance
- Foreign market access strategies
This often involves the establishment of tailored trade compliance and risk mitigation strategies, advice on export jurisdiction/classification, product development and licensing issues, guidance on embargo/sanctions requirements, and identification of new market opportunities created by U.S. export control reform or free trade agreements. Bottom line, Alan helps clients “get to yes” and seize international trading opportunities by helping them navigate the necessary international trade requirements in a manner consistent with their risk tolerance and business objectives.
Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement
Alan assists clients with internal and government investigations of trade-related matters, including potential violations of export controls, embargoes/sanctions programs, global anti-corruption laws, unsanctioned foreign boycott requests, and CFIUS/national security reviews. He has successfully represented dozens of clients through voluntary disclosure and penalty mitigation processes, and handles enforcement disputes before the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Defense Technology Security Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Alan also represents former military personnel before the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies conducting prepublication security reviews and helps clients obtain publication approvals consistent with their obligations to the U.S. Government regarding the non-disclosure of classified information.
Trade Dispute Resolution
Alan represents both domestic and non-U.S. clients in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty litigation, including investigations, annual reviews, and scope rulings. He has litigated asset forfeiture cases both in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and before U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has also handled client disputes involving intergovernmental organizations, including a contractual dispute with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Prior to concentrating his practice on International Trade, Alan’s civil litigation practice focused on defending corporate entities and individuals in complex business litigation in federal and state courts, including cases involving securities fraud allegations against brokerage firms and financial institutions, accounting fraud within the healthcare industry, insurance sales practices, defamation, and software piracy. Alan has also represented clients during external investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Human Rights Advocacy
Alan has represented firm clients before Congress and other federal departments and agencies on matters involving international relations, including initiatives focused on advancing political, economic, and human rights reforms in Central Asia. In 2005 and 2006, along with Maynard Cooper attorney Jay Mitchell, Alan successfully lobbied both chambers of the United States Congress to adopt resolutions in support of Dr. Sanjar Umarov, a democratic leader and prisoner of conscience in Uzbekistan (H.Res. 545 and S.Res. 295, 109th Congress).
Alan served 28 years as an officer in the United States Army. Before attending law school, he served on active duty as an Infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and as a Special Forces officer in the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany. He continued to serve as a SF officer in the Reserves until being recalled to active duty in 2001 and deploying on Operation Enduring Freedom. Alan’s last assignment was to the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.
Alan previously served on the firm's executive committee. In addition to practicing at Maynard Cooper, Alan has practiced law in Washington, DC in the International Trade practice group of King & Spalding.