Dallas Woodrum is an associate in the international trade practice.
Practice & Background
Mr. Woodrum advises companies on a wide range of international trade-related laws and policy matters, with a particular emphasis on sanctions, export controls, global trade compliance investigations, and trade remedies proceedings.
Representative trade matters have included:
- advising multinational companies in a variety of sectors—including financial services, investment funds, travel services, health care, energy, biopharmaceutical, logistics, and food and beverage—on compliance with economic sanctions and export control laws, particularly in light of recent developments related to Russia, Cuba, Iran, and Sudan
- assisting multinational companies in obtaining significant licensing from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to form a joint venture in Cuba to conduct cancer research and biotech product development and manufacturing; provide travel-related services with respect to Cuba; and provide certain emergency-response services in Russia and Cuba
- assisting companies in obtaining export licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
- advising a multinational company on developing and implementing an automated export control classification system to ensure compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Canadian export control laws
- conducting due diligence and risk assessment regarding sanctions, export controls, anticorruption, and other trade-related matters in connection to mergers, acquisitions, bond purchases, and other corporate transactions
- drafting sanctions, export controls, and other trade-related risk factors for bond offering prospectus documents
- advising multinational companies and investment funds on U.S. state divestment laws and other investor risks related to Iran and Sudan
- preparing general and topic-specific export controls and sanctions compliance trainings, manuals, and memoranda
- conducting global internal investigations for multinational companies and drafting voluntary disclosures related to compliance with U.S. sanctions, export controls, and customs laws
- preparing filings for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and participating in negotiations with relevant agencies to obtain CFIUS clearance
- advising companies and drafting submissions to BIS regarding Section 232 national security investigations on the effects of aluminum and steel on U.S. national security
- representing the U.S. catfish industry in achieving a unanimous final injury determination at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in an expedited sunset review of the antidumping order against certain frozen fish fillets from Vietnam
- representing domestic and foreign industries in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the U.S. ITC, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Court of International Trade, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Mr. Woodrum worked for the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where he worked on issues relating to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Mr. Woodrum graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an executive articles editor for The Georgetown Law Journal. While in law school, Mr. Woodrum served as a research assistant for Professor John Buckley, former chief tax counsel of the Committee on Ways and Means. He earned his B.S. summa cum laude in international politics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
- “Rules for Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Investing in the U.S. Under the WTO and Trade Agreement Frameworks,” International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., February 2015
- “U.S. Sanctions and Recent Developments in Russia-Ukraine,” Akin Gump Training Seminar—Moscow office, June 2014.