Attorney Matthew A. Goldstein is licensed to practice law in Washington DC with a practice focused on U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws. His past and present representations include assistance to manufacturers in exports to Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. This work includes analysis and consultations on commodity jurisdiction and commodity classification, license applications, advisory opinion requests, voluntary disclosures, and other submissions to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security and the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; the development and implementation of International Trade Compliance programs; export compliance data management systems; and company training. Matthew has also represented parties to university and private industry partnerships and provided export control guidance to federal agencies and federally funded research and development centers engaged in international cooperative agreements involving export controlled technologies.
Matthew has over a decade of experience assisting large and small companies in international trade. This experience includes:
- Consent Agreement management for large U.S. defense contractors
- Development and implementation of International Trade Compliance programs
- Internal investigations of U.S. export control law violations
- Preparation of voluntary disclosures to U.S. Government agencies
- Preparation and submission of State Department Commodity Jurisdiction requests
- Preparation and submission of Commerce Department Classification requests
- Litigating Constitutional claims against U.S. Government export control agencies
- Appointment and service on U.S. Government export control advisory committees
Prior to his work at GOLDSTEIN PLLC, Matthew was the Export Control Industry Group Coordinator for the Law Firm of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Team Leader of contractor support at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s Export Control Group where he was as an export controls compliance subject matter expert for DHS and coordinated agency component, federal laboratory, and division-wide compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
At DHS, Matthew reviewed draft agency rule making and made recommendations for agency positions in the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative and participated in White House and Department of Defense meetings on control list transfers. He also provided review and recommendations for agency positions on commodity jurisdiction requests staffed to DHS by the Department of State.
Matthew is active in supporting international human rights causes and twice served as Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation International Human Rights Award Subcommittee. His research on honor killings is cited by Human Rights Watch and in various academic publications.
Matthew is admitted to practice by the District of Columbia and State of Arizona bars. He is experienced in litigating claims in Federal District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal.
United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of International Trade, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, State of Arizona Supreme Court
• Juris Doctor, Arizona State University College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
• Master of Arts, State University of New York at Albany, Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy
• Bachelor of Arts, The University of Arizona
AFFILIATIONS AND COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT
Special Topics Instructor, Export Compliance Training Institute, 2015 to present
Member, Defense Trade Advisory Group, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, 2014 to 2016
Co-Chair, Fundamental Research Working Group, Materials Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, 2015
Co-Chair, Public Domain Working Group, Materials Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, 2014
Member, Materials Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, 2013 to 2015
Working Group Member, ITAR Brokering Rule, American Bar Association Section of International Law Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, 2013
Member, Cybersecurity Legal Committee Task Force, American Bar Association Section on International Law, 2012 to 2013
Steering Committee Member, American Bar Association Section of International Law Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, 2011 to 2013
Member, Task Force on Integration of Vienna Convention Consular Notification Requirements into United States Law, American Bar Association Section on Litigation, 2009
Chairman, International Human Rights Award Committee, American Bar Association Section on Litigation, 2008 and 2009
• The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Member
• Society for International Affairs, Member
• International Police Association, Member
• National Defense Industrial Association, Member
Beyond the Lord of War: Arms Brokering under ITAR Part 129, Export Compliance Training Institute, (upcoming) 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 University, 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
“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.
Editor and Co-Author, “International Legal Developments in Review: 2012: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions,” 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.
Managing Editor, Defense Trade Law Blog, June 2013 to present.
“An Election Eve Perspective on Export Control Reform: Where It Is and a Forecast of Things to Come,” WorldECR, Issue 17, November 2012.
Editor and Co-Author, “International Legal Developments in Review: 2011: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions,” 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.
Co-author, “Does Your Human Resources Screen For Export Control and Economic Sanctions Violations? They Should!” The Practical Lawyer, American Law Institute | American Bar Association, April 2008.
Co-author, “Working Successfully with ITAR in U.S. Canadian Defence Industry Technology Transfers,” Government of Quebec, February 2008.
“DFARS Amendment and Defense Trade Treaties,” Miller & Chevalier International Issues Preview 2008, January 2008.
Co-author, “Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Are Now in Effect; What Tier is Your Facility?” 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.