Susan Kovarovics is the leader of the International Trade Practice Group. She has more than 20 years of experience providing practical solutions to legal and compliance issues. Susan counsels U.S. and non-U.S. private and publicly held companies in a variety of industries, including aerospace, agribusiness, consumer electronics, defense, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing and national security. Her practice has a specific focus on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. antiboycott laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Susan leverages this specialized experience to play a vital role in M&A transactions, helping her clients conduct due diligence and evaluate risk related to export and sanctions compliance, antiboycott, and anti-corruption matters.

By working with her clients to minimize hurdles, Susan is able to structure compliance programs that integrate the policies into the business, making it routine and not a hindrance. She counsels her clients on day-to-day compliance and strongly advocates on their behalf when an enforcement action is brought against them, collaborating with them to right the ship through internal audits and investigations. Her goal is to partner with each client to provide value and move the business forward.

Susan is a contributing author to the Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2019 publication - an extensive collection of articles around the themes of investigations. financial crime, digital, markets, supervision and governance.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Drew University Alumni Achievement in Business Award Recipient, 2013
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019
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Professional Affiliations

    • National Conference of Women's Bar Association, Board Member, 2018-Present
    • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Immediate Past President, 2016-2017; President, 2015-2016; President-Elect, 2014-2015; Member, 2001-Present; International Law Forum Co-chair, 2001-2004; Nominations Committee, 2013; Awards Committee, 2016-2018; WBADC Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, 2017 – Present
    • WBA Foundation, Treasurer, 2007-2009, Board Member, 2004-2010
    • District of Columbia Bar, Member, Board of Governors, 2013-2015
    • Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section, Board of Governors, Vice-Chair, 2012-2014, Treasurer, 2014-2015
    • District of Columbia Bar, International Law Section, Steering Committee, Chair, 2008-2010, Member, 2004-2010
    • American Bar Association, Member, International Law Section, Export Control & Economic Sanctions Committee
    • The Society for International Affairs
    • District of Columbia Bar, Member, Board of Governors, 2013-2015
    • Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section, Board of Governors, Vice-Chair, 2012-2014, Treasurer, 2014-2015
    • District of Columbia Bar, International Law Section, Steering Committee, Chair, 2008-2010, Member, 2004-2010
    • American Bar Association, Member, International Law Section, Export Control & Economic Sanctions Committee
    • The Society for International Affairs
    • American Bar Association, Member, International Law Section, Export Control & Economic Sanctions Committee
    • The Society for International Affairs
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Publications

  • Contributor, World Trade Controls Blog, initiated by the International Chamber of Commerce, Belgium and Federation of Enterprises, Belgium (worldtradecontrols.com)
  • "Things that Japanese Companies Need to Know About the US Sanctions on Russia," Japanese Business Club, February 2019
  • "International Trade Due Diligence: Protecting the Value of Your Transaction," Virginia Lawyer, 61, April 2013 (co-authored with Megan Gajewski, Michael Mellen and Christina Zanette)

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Kovarovics frequently presents on topics related to her practice. Recent engagements include:

  • "Are You Confident About Who Are You Doing Business With? Practical Strategies to Ensure Robust Due Diligence and Screening Programs," 4th Forum on Economic Sanctions Compliance & Enforcement, September 25, 2018
  • "Trade Controls – Policy Developments and Critical Issues from a US & EU Perspective," ICC Seminar, The Hague, June 14, 2018
  • "US Financial Sanctions – Recent Developments and Critical Issues from a US & EU Perspective," ICC Seminar, Frankfurt, June 13, 2018
  • "Sanctions and Controls with the U.S Office of Foreign Asset Control," ICC Seminar, London, June 12, 2018
  • "What Data is Controlled Data in the EU (dual-use regulation) and US (ITAR, EAR) Jurisdictions?" and "What is a 'Data Export' in the EU and the US?" ICC Seminar, Brussels, June 11, 2018
  • “The Most Common Misunderstandings About the ‘Specially Designed’ Definition: Where Exporters Have Gone Right and Wrong in Determining ITAR,”  American Conference Institute's International Traffic in Arms Regulations Boot Camp, June 7, 2018
  • “How to Secure an ITAR License, TAA and MLA, and Utilize Exemptions: A Deep Dive into the Electronic Filing Processes, and Avoiding RWAs,"  American Conference Institute's International Traffic in Arms Regulations Boot Camp, June 7, 2018
  • "The Inter-play Between Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Compliance: Do Your Compliance Programs Work Together to Address Risks?" Webinar, May 8, 2018
  • "Adding Economic Sanctions to the Anti-Corruption Risk Equation: How Compliance Officers Should Calibrate their Risk Radar,” American Conference Institute’s 12th Houston Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Jan. 24, 2018
  • "Essentials: Seven Vital Things Every Exporter (and its Bank) Needs To Know About Sanctions and Export Controls," Webinar, November 2, 2017; SanctionsAlert.com
  • Global Trade Compliance Due Diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions, Co-Presenter, Massachusetts Export Center Webinar, May 4, 2017
  • “Iran After Partial Sanctions Relief and U.S. Elections: Legal, Political Risk, and Practical Issues for Business,” Panelist, American Bar Association Section of International Law Middle East Committee, November 16, 2016
  • "US Trade Controls and M&A Transactions," International M&A Subcommittee for the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Merger & Acquisitions Committee Meeting, January 30, 2016
  • "Top Five Mistakes to Avoid During Internal Investigations," Co-Presenter, American Conference Institute's 6th Annual Economic Sanctions Boot Camp, December 2, 2015
  • "Debunking the Myth of ITAR Certification," Presenter, NAW Billion Dollar Chief Legal Officers Roundtable, April 15, 2015
  • "The ITAR and the FCPA: What You Disclose May Hurt You," Co-Presenter, October 7, 2014