Associate, International Trade

Application ends: May 18, 2026
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Job Description

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, a top Am Law 100 firm, is seeking highly motivated, well-qualified associates (two to four years of experience) to join its International Trade practice group in the Washington, D.C. office.

Ideal candidates will have experience in the following areas:

Private practice, industry, or government with respect to legal, compliance, investigation, and enforcement issues arising under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
The EAR, ITAR, and various sanctions programs administered by OFAC
Drafting and reviewing license applications and cross border commercial contracts
Excellent written and oral communication skills, superior analytical skills and the ability to manage client engagements
Excellent interpersonal skills, team player, strong work ethic and the ability to manage multiple priorities and assume a high degree of responsibility.

Candidates should also have exposure to, or familiarity in:

Conducting internal investigations
Drafting voluntary disclosures to the relevant government enforcement authorities
Responding to government inquiries, administrative and criminal subpoenas, and other forms of government investigations
Conducting due diligence and reverse due diligence reviews related to export controls, sanctions and anti-corruption compliance in the context of due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
Advising on issues related to export controls and economic sanctions in the context of day-to-day business transactions
Familiarity with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. anti-boycott laws and regulations is strongly preferred

This position is open to applicants in Washington, D.C.

With over 1,275 lawyers in 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The Firm is known for our relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience, ad industry-shaping innovation and offer clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

BCLP offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, life insurance, and retirement plans. We also provide eligible employees flexible time off plans including paid Parental leave, Paid Time Off (PTO), and paid holidays.

At BCLP we understand the value of a diverse workforce and we believe people perform at their best when they can truly be themselves at work. We aim to create an inclusive environment where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In order to provide the best possible service to our diverse client base, we are committed to recruiting, retaining, rewarding and developing our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political belief, disability or any other protected characteristic.

* Mansfield Certified Plus firm for 2022

* Signee to the United Nations’ Global LGBTQ* Standard of Conduct for Business

* Named by Stonewall as a “Top Global Employer 2020”

* Received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum “WILEF” Gold Standard Certification for 2020


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