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Jim Slear


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6981 202 585 6981 direct

Jim advises domestic and international clients on trade compliance and enforcement, including the economic and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also counsels clients regarding matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Jim represents clients in a wide array of industries, including aerospace, biomedicine, defense, financial services, insurance, Internet services, manufacturing, semiconductor and telecommunications. With more than 25 years of experience, Jim has conducted internal investigations for numerous clients in international trade and other matters--such as antitrust and securities--both domestically and abroad, including Europe, the Middle East, Japan, the People's Republic of China and Malaysia.

Prior to entering private practice, Jim was a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Air Force. During his military career, he became an accomplished trial lawyer, serving as the Air Force's Chief Trial Counsel in Asia and later as a Federal Court Trial Attorney for the Air Force's Commercial Litigation Division. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves following 16 years on active duty. After leaving active duty in 2000, Jim spent more than ten years at the DC office of a global law firm where he advised clients on international trade compliance and enforcement matters. He also argued motions before federal and state courts and prevailed on appeal before two state supreme courts.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Additional due diligence may be required for many exports to China

Beware: It’s time to reevaluate your exports and deemed exports to Hong Kong

U.S. Releases guidance addressing sanctions evasion practices in maritime, energy and metal trading sectors

Trade Compliance Handbook

Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions

New law may significantly impact international trade

Summary and implications of proposed 'Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017'

Final rules for international trade data highlight issues for routed export transaction

International trade compliance: 6 basic products questions a company should answer


Changes to U.S. Export Control Laws


"Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions";
updated March 2017

Co-Author, "Trade Compliance Handbook";
updated March 2017

"International Trade Compliance: 6 Basic Products Questions A Company Should Answer";
Corporate Compliance Insights, October 2011


"Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze: Complying Effectively Amid Uncertainty";
May 29, 2014

"Understanding ITAR Agreements";
ITAR Boot Camp

"ITAR Jurisdiction: Issues and Strategies";
ITAR Boot Camp

"Correlations Between FCPA and ITAR Parts 129 & 130";
Society for International Affairs' Advanced Conference, November 2011

"U.S. National Security Issues affecting Maritime-related M&A: U.S. Sanctions Concerns";
Marine Money Ship Finance Forum, November 2011

Panelist, "Understanding OFAC Issues in 2012";
The Knowledge Congress Webcast

Panelist, "FCPA and Third-Party Due Diligence";
Strafford Seminar, January 2012