Key Experience

  • Advises on compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions.
  • Served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Drafted regulations implementing Export Control Reform (ECR) and worked with the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and Homeland Security in the interagency ECR Task Force.
  • Reviewed and advised on BIS positions on escalated commodity jurisdiction cases.


Steven Emme’s practice focuses on international trade, with an emphasis on compliance with U.S. export control regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He also has experience with counseling clients on issues involving U.S. sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Representative Work

  • Handled hundreds of jurisdiction and classification reviews for a wide range of products and technologies by utilizing prior experience drafting ECR regulations and reviewing escalated commodity jurisdiction cases while at BIS.
  • Developed strategies and public comments for clients in response to proposals from BIS and the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
  • Provided guidance to industry on ECR-related changes and proposals to USML Category XII at an open session of BIS’s Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee.
  • Successfully petitioned BIS to remove clients from the agency’s restricted parties lists.

Public Service and Affiliations