J. Garrett Cornelison’s practice emphasizes the representation of corporate clients in regulatory and administrative affairs arising from international trade and compliance laws and regulations. He has experience representing clients on matters involving a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. compliance and trade laws and regulations, including:
Mr. Cornelison has represented a wide variety of clients before various United States federal agencies that regulate international trade, including:
In addition, Mr. Cornelison has experience in matters concerning the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as those regulations relate to imports into and exports from the United States.
Mr. Cornelison represents clients in matters concerning penalty assessments, licensing procedures, liquidated damage claims, classification rulings, protests and detention and/or seizure of merchandise. He has also assisted clients in developing procedures for compliance with international trade laws and regulations, has performed audits of clients’ existing international trade compliance procedures and practices and has directed a number of internal investigations into alleged violations of compliance and trade laws and associated corporate policies. In addition to his administrative and regulatory practice, Mr. Cornelison has been involved in international trade litigation matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Court.
Mr. Cornelison has represented clients across a variety of industry sections, including oil and gas, automotive, petrochemical, transportation and logistics, healthcare, electronics and manufacturing.
Mr. Cornelison began his legal career with BakerHostetler’s International Trade practice group, before leaving the firm to go in-house. While in-house, and prior to rejoining the firm’s International Trade practice group, he served as compliance and trade legal counsel to an oil and gas production equipment company and an oil and gas offshore construction company, both with extensive international operations. During part of his time in-house, Mr. Cornelison relocated to Dubai to better serve his internal client base and to specifically address compliance and trade issues arising out of Eastern Hemisphere business operations.
While in-house, Mr. Cornelison was responsible for addressing legal issues involving both U.S. laws, such as the FCPA and import and export laws, and non-U.S. laws that affected the companies’ non-U.S. operations. He was responsible for the development and implementation of legal and compliance policies and procedures, including due diligence processes, and he directed a number of internal investigations arising from allegations of legal and regulatory violations. As a result, Mr. Cornelison is well-versed in addressing the legal and commercial challenges faced by international companies in the oil and gas industry.
2/14/2014 - Cornelison Discusses Scope of FCPA Resource Guide at Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable Quarterly Meeting
2/13/2013 - Schwechter and Cornelison Participate in AAEI Globalization of Trade Compliance Seminar and Workshop
11/28/2012 - U.S. Eases Burma (Myanmar) Import Ban