Brent Connor

Brent Connor Trade Lawyer Vedder Price
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Professional Biography

Brent Connor is a Shareholder and a member of the firm’s International Trade & Compliance group in Washington, DC.

Mr. Connor focuses his practice on international trade, export controls and economic sanctions before the Department of State, Department of Commerce and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. His extensive experience in the area of international trade includes advising U.S. and non-U.S. manufacturers, producers, government contractors, retailers, maritime companies and airlines on matters involving customs, export control, economic sanctions regulations, FCPA and anti-boycott issues. He regularly assists clients with developing export control compliance programs, auditing and improving existing programs, voluntary disclosures and classifying items.

Mr. Connor also represents major U.S. and non-U.S. airlines, including all-cargo airlines, before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in connection with compliance matters; PFC and airport-related matters, defending hazardous materials enforcement actions; requests for approvals, licenses and certificates; route proceedings; codeshare issues; and other regulatory and administrative matters. He also provides counsel on FAA legislative and environmental issues. Mr. Connor represents clients from various industries on issues pertaining to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including how to obtain authorization for UAS operations and on-going developments in the law on UAS issues.

In addition, Mr. Connor counsels clients on all aspects of government contracts, including contract claims before agencies, boards of contact appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He represents clients in bid protests and assists with compliance with federal regulations and statutes, including domestic sourcing restrictions such as the Buy American Act and the Berry Amendment, and the protection of intellectual property when contracting with the government.

Mr. Connor was listed in Legal 500 in 2019 and 2020, was selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list from 2018 to 2021, and has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business in the Transportation and Regulatory categories from 2017 to 2020. He is fluent in French.

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The National Law Review names Vedder Price a 2022 Thought Leader in the field of Trade Law for their coverage of ongoing US sanctions against Russia. Authors John E. Bradley, Brent Connor, Catherine A. Johnson, and Henrietta Worthington provided valuable insight to attorneys and legal professionals on topics such as the OFAC directives, SWIFT sanctions, debt and equity prohibitions, and much more. The article saw substantial readership throughout the year 2022, indicating the high quality and timeliness of the firm’s thought leadership.


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