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Brian J. Hopkins

Brian Hopkins is an associate and a member of the Policy and Regulatory practice area, where he supports both the Antitrust, Competition, and Trade Regulation practice group, as well as the Public Policy and Law practice group.

Brian’s international trade experience includes assisting clients on various trade and national security issues such as foreign investment, export controls, and sanctions compliance. Brian has represented clients in complex matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and regularly advises clients on filing declarations and notices before that agency. Brian also advises clients on issues relating to export control laws of the United States, in particular the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). Brian also supports clients on a wide range of issues involving sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC).

Brian’s policy experience includes a variety of maritime and trade issues. He regularly advises clients on various statutes and regulations that govern maritime activity in the United States such as cabotage laws and Customs and Border Protection rulemakings. Brian also advises clients on the impacts of trade agreements between the United States and foreign countries and other policy developments involving trade issues.

Prior to joining the firm and while in law school, Brian served as a summer associate with K&L Gates. He also served as a law clerk at the US Department of Commerce, where he researched laws and regulations of foreign countries relating to ensuring proper national security controls for hardware and other components of critical infrastructure. Prior to attending law school, Brian worked at a major think tank in Washington, D.C., where he supported two teams. The first team convened large-scale, off the record gatherings of national security experts who previously served at senior levels in the US Government. Brian also supported a second team that developed nonpartisan educational programming for Members of Congress and their staff on a wide variety of U.S. policy issues, principally relating to foreign policy. Brian also previously served as an associate at a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area that principally supported clients in the government contracts space.

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