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Matthew A. Goldstein

Matthew A. Goldstein

Counsel| Tucson|Phoenix|Washington, D.C.


Matt Goldstein is a member of the firm’s Special Litgation and Compliance Group, focusing his practice on international trade compliance and other regulatory matters, internal investigations and federal litigation. Matt has advised federal agency components on international trade compliance and served as an industry representative on export control issues for the Department of State and Department of Commerce pursuant to executive branch appointments under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

He assists clients in all aspects of international trade. This work includes assisting large and small companies with exports under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), arms brokering under the ITAR, support of Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales, development and implementation of international trade compliance programs, preparation and submission of export commodity jurisdiction and classification determinations, and internal company training.

Matt has extensive experience in internal investigations, voluntary disclosures to government agencies and consent agreement management. This experience includes development of compliance metrics and interactive analytics tools for internal compliance assessments, audits, corrective actions and reports. He is also experienced litigating regulatory-based claims against the government under the Administrative Procedures Act and other laws, with published decisions in federal district and appellate courts.

Matt frequently writes and is published on international trade topics. He also serves as a source of commentary on international trade and has been interviewed by National Public Radio, The New York Times, Wired Magazine and other news outlets.

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  • Advised multiple companies in exports of military and dual-use items to Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and the Middle East
  • Advised multiple companies on rules of origin under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Assisted arms brokers in obtaining Department of State licenses to facilitate exports and services in support of Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales programs
  • Assisted multiple companies in classification and exports of encryption technology and cybersecurity software
  • Assisted foreign companies in determining U.S. export control jurisdiction over foreign manufactured items incorporating U.S.-origin technology
  • Developed compliance data analytics systems for use by multiple companies in reports to stockholders, senior management and boards of directors
  • Prepared voluntary disclosures and responses to governmental requests for information concerning export control violations for multiple companies
  • Advised multiple companies in developing international sales and distribution agreements
  • Developed international trade compliance programs for multiple companies
  • Advised parties to university and private industry partnerships on compliance for government sponsored fundamental research
  • Advised federal agencies and federally funded research and development centers engaged in international cooperative agreements involving export-controlled technologies
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D, magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Honors in Legal Methods and Writing
    • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
  • State University of New York at Albany (M.A., 1992)
    • Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy
  • The University of Arizona (B.A., 1991)
    •  Undergraduate Society of Criminal Justice Studies, President
  • The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (2017-present)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (2017-present)
  • Society for International Affairs (2015-present)
  • International Police Association (2014-present)
  • Export Compliance Training Institute
    • Special Topics Instructor (2015-2017)
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law
      • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
        • ITAR Brokering Rule Working Group Member (2013)
        • Steering Committee Member (2011-2013)
      • Cybersecurity Legal Committee Task Force (2012-2013)
    • Section of Litigation
      • Task Force on Integration of Vienna Convention Consular Notification Requirements into United States Law (2009)
      • International Human Rights Award Committee, Chairman (2008-2009)

Representative Presentations

  • "Beyond the Lord of War: Arms Brokering under ITAR Part 129," Export Compliance Training Institute (2017)
  • "Fundamental Research Legal, Funder, and University Perspectives," University Export Controls Seminar Program hosted by the Export Compliance Institute at Ohio State University (2016)
  • "Navigating the Challenges of U.S. Export Controls," Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (2016)
  • "Post-Export Control Reform Commodity Jurisdiction: New Rules of the Game," Export Compliance Training Institute (2015)
  • "Beyond Fundamentals of the Fundamental Research Exclusion," Export Compliance Training Institute (2015)
  • "Export Control Law & Reform Threats to Research and Publication," Arizona Optics Industry Association (2015)
  • "Defense Trade Brokering," The Knowledge Group (2013)
  • "Export Controls on the Practice of Law," State Bar of Arizona Convention (2008)
  • "U.S. Export Controls, Embargoes, & Economic Sanctions Regulations," Thunderbird School of Global Management (2008)
  • "U.S. Export Controls on U.S./UK Aerospace Arrangements," Arizona Department of Commerce (2007)
  • "Export Controls on Nanotechnology," 2nd Annual Arizona Nanotechnology Symposium (2007)
  • "Brief Primer on Export Controls for the University," University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences (2007)
  • "Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations in the Invigorated Post-9/11 Enforcement Environment," Moderator, Arizona District Export Council (2007)

Representative Publications

  • "Export Controls Compliance: The often-overlooked billion-dollar risk," Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (July 2017)
  • "Status and Adverse Consequences of U.S. Export Control Reform," Thomson Reuters Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, Volume 3, Number 6 (June 2014)
  • "United States Trade with North Korea: The Sanctions, Recent Transactions, and Contradictions," WorldECR, Issue 25 (September 2013)
  • "International Legal Developments in Review: 2012: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions," Editor and Co-Author, The International Lawyer, American Bar Association, Volume 47 (Spring 2013)
  • "Department of State Confirms Prior Approval Requirement for Electronic Exports to Public Domain in Case of 3D-Printable Gun," Thomson Reuters Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, Volume 2, Number 11 (June 2013)
  • Defense Trade Law Blog, Managing Editor, (June 2013-present)
  • "An Election Eve Perspective on Export Control Reform: Where It Is and a Forecast of Things to Come," WorldECR, Issue 17 (November 2012)
  • "International Legal Developments in Review: 2011: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions," Editor and Co-Author, The International Lawyer, American Bar Association, Volume 46 (Spring 2012)
  • "Transmitting Private Sector Technical Data into the Public Domain under the ITAR," Kluwer Global Trade and Customs Journal, Issue 6-10 (October 2011)
  • "Eight Steps to Export Controls Compliance," GlobalTrade.net, Web. 22 (July 2011)
  • "Hecho en Cuba, Prohibido en America: The United States War on the Communist Cigar," Smoke Magazine, 2011: Issue 1
  • "Does Your Human Resources Screen For Export Control and Economic Sanctions Violations?  They Should!" Co-Author, The Practical Lawyer, American Law Institute | American Bar Association (April 2008)
  • "Working Successfully with ITAR in U.S. Canadian Defence Industry Technology Transfers," Co-Author, Government of Quebec (February 2008)
  • "DFARS Amendment and Defense Trade Treaties," Miller & Chevalier International Issues Preview 2008 (January 2008)
  • "Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Are Now in Effect; What Tier is Your Facility?" Co-Author, Homeland Defense Journal, Volume 5, Issue 11 (November 2007)
  • "Multiple Regulations Multiply Risk," Snell & Wilmer Global Connection (August 2007)
  • "Consider Export Controls and Foreign Transactions and Practices Regulations in Merger, Acquisition, and Divestiture Activities," American Bar Association Section on Business Young Lawyers’ Forum eNewsletter (June 2007)
  • "Custom Orders That Are More Than You Bargained For," Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (June 2007)
  • "Five Million Dollar Penalty May Be For Real," Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (May 2007)
  • "Government Restrictions on International Travel With Your Laptop," Tucson Business Edge (January 2007)
  • "How Do Export Controls Affect Your Legal Practice?" The Writ, Pima County Bar Association (December 2006)
  • "Reducing Your Company’s Exposure to Terrorism Related Claims," Homeland Defense Journal, Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 2006)
  • "Are U.S. Economic Sanctions Your Business Risk?" Inside Tucson Business (August 2006)
  • "The Biological Roots of Heat-of-Passion Crimes and Honor Killings," Journal of Politics and the Life Sciences, Volume 21, Number 2 (September 2002)
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, International, Washington DC (2013)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (February 2004)
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Defense Trade Advisory Group, Member (2014-2016)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security
    • Materials Technical Advisory Committee, Member (2013-2015)
      • Fundamental Research Working Group, Co-Chair (2015)
      • Public Domain Working Group, Co-Chair (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2011-2013)
    • Served under contract as an export controls subject matter expert and advised on federal agency component compliance, made recommendations for agency positions in regulatory rulemaking concerning export controls, and participated in White House and Department of Defense meetings on export control list revisions
  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade