Tatman R. Savio is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (a limited liability partnership registered under the laws of Texas, U.S.A.) and a registered foreign lawyer in the firm's Hong Kong office.

She counsels clients on U.S. law and policy affecting international trade and business, including export control laws, sanctions programs, customs laws, anticorruption laws, anti-money laundering laws, antiboycott regulations and foreign investment in the United States.

Practice & Background

As a member of the firm’s international trade practice, Ms. Savio has assisted clients in a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, defense, energy, engineering and construction, entertainment, financial services, high technology, logistics and freight-forwarding, medical products, mining, private equity, public policy and academic research, retail and telecommunications. In particular, she has helped clients conduct internal investigations related to potential export control, sanctions, customs and anticorruption violations, and prepare disclosures pursuant to applicable regulations. In addition, Ms. Savio drafts and submits license applications, advisory opinion requests, classification requests and commodity jurisdiction requests to relevant U.S. government agencies, including the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Ms. Savio also assists clients with development and implementation of effective compliance programs, covering export control, sanctions, customs and anticorruption laws.

Ms. Savio manages national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) under the Exon-Florio law. Moreover, she analyzes trade policy initiatives that intersect with her clients’ business interests, including pending federal and state legislation and executive branch actions involving sanctions and foreign investment reviews. Finally, Ms. Savio’s practice involves the assessment, design and implementation of international trade compliance programs.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Savio clerked for the Honorable Lawrence E. Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She also served as a summer law clerk on the House Committee on Homeland Security and worked as an intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency.

Ms. Savio received her B.A. with highest distinction in political and social thought in 2000 from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. with honors in 2005 from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served on the Texas International Law Journal and represented clients though the law school’s Capital Punishment Clinic.

Community Involvement

Ms. Savio is a member of the following organizations:

  • Association of Women in International Trade
  • American Bar Association’s Section of International Law
  • Washington International Trade Association.

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Regulatory Lawyer of the Year, Women in Compliance Awards, 2016.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Exports to Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Joint Industry Outreach Seminar on Strategic Trade Management, July 20, 2017, Singapore
  • "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Its Impact on Strategic Goods Exports,” Joint Outreach Seminar on Strategic Trade Management presented by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), May 18, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • “Trump Series: Operation Regulation Rollback”, American Chamber of Commerce, May 10, 2017, Hong Kong
  • “Iran Sanctions–Perception vs. Reality: What Is and Is Not Allowed for Companies and Their Subsidiaries, and a Practical Review of General Licenses H, I, G,” ACI’s Asia Summit on Economic Sanctions Compliance and Enforcement, November 17, 2016, Singapore
  • "Operating in the Current Environment of Transparency and Inter-Government Cooperation," American Chamber of Commerce, September 5, 2016, Hong Kong
  • “Strategic Trade Management – Focus on Iran Sanctions: Background, Implications, and Challenges of Iran Sanctions Relief,” Export Control & Related Border Security (EXBS), U.S. Embassy, August 20, 2016, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • “What Is an Effective Whistleblower Response Strategy: How to Encourage a Whistleblower to Report to You First and How to Respond to Anonymous Reports,” ACI’s Anti-Corruption China Conference, June 16, 2016, Shanghai, China
  • “Iran Sanctions: Implications, Recent Developments and Opportunities," AIPN Asia Chapter and SPE Singapore Section’s, June 2, 2016, Singapore
  • “Managing Legal and Reputational Risk in Global Business Transactions: Lessons and Trends in International Trade Enforcement and Corporate Social Responsibility,” American Chamber of Commerce, February 4, 2016, Singapore
  • "Managing U.S. Export Requirements as a Non-U.S. Entity: Understanding and Mitigating Compliance Risks,” Joint Outreach Seminar: Strategic Trade Management for the Logistics Industry presented by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) and Singapore Customs, September 2, 2015, Singapore
  • “Legislative and Regulatory Update: How Can We Create a Sensible and Harmonized System for Small UAVs?” The Commercial UAV Show Asia 2015, June 30-July 1, 2015
  • “Third-Party Management Benchmarking LAB (Learn, Analyze, Brainstorm),” ACI’s 8th Advanced China Forum on Anti-Corruption, June 16-18, 2015
  • “How to Incorporate Asian and US Export Controls into an Effective Global Trade Compliance Programme: Strengthening Internal Policies and Procedures in Response to Recent Regulatory Changes and Heightened Enforcement Risks,” ACI’s 3rd Singapore Summit on Export Controls Compliance, June 3 and 4, 2015
  • “The Roles and Relationships of Nuclear Trade Controls Agencies: Who Does What and How to Stay on Their Good Side,” American Conference Institute’s Nuclear Export Controls Conference, March 27, 2012
  • “Export Controls and Sanctions, Washington International Trade Association and the George Washington University International Trade and Investment Program Intensive Trade Seminar,” September 23, 2011
  • “The Anatomy of a U.S. Sanctions Program: An Introduction to the Iranian Transactions Regulations,” CLE, The Iranian American Bar Association, February 2010