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Tyler Black


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6932 202 585 6932 direct

Tyler is an experienced international trade and regulatory attorney who provides comprehensive guidance to clients regarding the impact of federal law and regulations on domestic and international business.

He provides comprehensive trade compliance advice on sanctions, import, export control, and related laws that affect a variety of sectors, including insurance and reinsurance, financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, aviation, and unmanned aircraft systems.

In his work on international trade compliance issues, Tyler analyzes clients' ongoing multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional responsibilities, capably meeting emergent needs or conducting long term regulatory planning, such as compliance audits or drafting policies and procedures. He tracks business-critical legal developments throughout the rulemaking and implementation process, keeping clients informed and freeing compliance departments to focus on their day-to-day responsibilities.

On a daily basis, Tyler conducts sophisticated counterparty due diligence for a variety of manufacturing businesses and financial service providers; prepares regulatory disclosures with the Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, and Customs and Border Protection; files trade licenses and protests; and classifies products and technology according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He has rendered valuable advice on complex issues affecting both U.S. and non-U.S. persons and foreign subsidiaries, including providing guidance in emerging areas of the law such as recent novel sanctions affecting Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine and the impact of Section 301 tariffs and exclusions on product importations from China, saving clients significant resources and avoiding future legal issues.

Recognized for his practical and calm demeanor, Tyler draws on his previous experience working at the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the White House to serve as an excellent issue-spotter for clients. Tyler is also a licensed private pilot and recreational drone enthusiast.



Ag and drones – What do you need to know?

FAA provides clearer skies for educational use of drones

Thompson Coburn Publications

OFAC initiates 45-day wind-down of Belarus General License 2

U.S., EU, and UK ease trade tensions in Boeing-Airbus dispute and temporarily halt tariffs

USTR proposes duties in response to six countries’ Digital Services Tax

FAA ends 2020 with announcement of two major drone rules

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

Importing face masks and personal protective equipment during COVID-19

FAA announces remote identification proposed rule for drones

What the President’s executive order means for transactions involving the Government of Venezuela

Trade Compliance Handbook

Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions

FAA announces new drone rule requiring visible UAS registration number

Section 232 tariffs on steel & aluminum

New law may significantly impact international trade

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

Update on academic use of drones

Court preserves GM’s copyright claims against Autel and its VP

Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft

Drone technology: The regulatory outlook

Anti-drone technologies: The regulation challenge

Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns

And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

FAA grants exemption for large crop-spraying unmanned aircraft

Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?

Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate

Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking

Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Florida drone bill a reminder to UAS operators: Know all the rules before you fly

FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation

'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft

Shipping hazmats by air? Follow the rules or pay the price: FAA imposes substantial penalties for hazardous materials violations


Understanding Country of Origin


Episode 8: Arthur Frisch and Robert Sweeting on drone deliveries in the Bahamas

Episode 7: Tomislav Žigo of Clayco on drone use in commercial construction

Episode 6: Drone photographer Justin Barr of @STL_From_Above

Episode 5: Andrew Elefant of Kittyhawk

Episode 4: Public and government use of drones

Episode 3: Commercial UAS basics

Episode 2: Tips for first-time drone operators

Episode 1: Drone disruptions at airports and public spaces


Wonkology blog, Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy Group March 2022

Trade Compliance Handbook;
Updated March 2022

Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions;
Updated March 2022

"OFAC initiates 45-day wind-down of Belarus General License 2" client alert,
April 2021

"USTR proposes duties in response to six countries’ Digital Services Tax" client alert,
April 2021

"U.S. Releases guidance addressing sanctions evasion practices in maritime, energy and metal trading sectors" client alert,
May 2020

"Importing face masks and personal protective equipment during COVID-19" client alert,
April 2020


Co-Presenter, "U.S. Trade Policy and Convergence of Import and Export Controls: Navigating the Complex International Trade Landscape"
Strafford, January 24, 2024