J. Garrett Cornelison

Partner

Houston
T 713.646.1361  |  F 713.751.1717

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. With previous experience as in-house counsel with two large international companies, Garrett has insight into the needs of companies and their in-house counsel. This knowledge, combined with his sense of practicality, gives him an understanding of the differences between clients so that he can tailor his work to each unique situation.

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  • Represents large multinational oil and gas company in import, export, and international commercial matters. Involves contract reviews with foreign vendors and service providers, U.S. customs entry processes, compliance program implementation, and Jones Act compliance issues.
  • Lead partner on implementation of comprehensive export controls and sanctions compliance programs for multiple companies, including an NYSE manufacturing company with global operations, a privately held U.S. manufacturing company with global operations, and a non-U.S. oil and gas services company with operations in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Lead partner in investigation into previous export control violations and design and implementation of compliance program for multiple jurisdictions. Involved the understanding and application of multiple export control laws in the U.K. and U.S. concerning thousands of exports to different countries.
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Experience

  • Represents large multinational oil and gas company in import, export, and international commercial matters. Involves contract reviews with foreign vendors and service providers, U.S. customs entry processes, compliance program implementation, and Jones Act compliance issues.
  • Lead partner on implementation of comprehensive export controls and sanctions compliance programs for multiple companies, including an NYSE manufacturing company with global operations, a privately held U.S. manufacturing company with global operations, and a non-U.S. oil and gas services company with operations in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Lead partner in investigation into previous export control violations and design and implementation of compliance program for multiple jurisdictions. Involved the understanding and application of multiple export control laws in the U.K. and U.S. concerning thousands of exports to different countries.
  • Lead partner on design and implementation of anti-corruption compliance program for privately-held oil and gas technology company with global operations.
  • Served as international trade and compliance counsel for an NYSE oil and gas services company and an NYSE offshore construction company. Responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of companies’ anti-corruption and international trade compliance programs, as well as the conduct of internal investigations. Served as internal legal counsel to companies’ trade control and logistics/supply chain groups.

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013 to 2014)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: International Section 
  • Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER)
  • Customs International Trade Bar Association

Services

Prior Positions

  • International Offshore Construction Company: Senior Counsel - International Trade and Compliance
  • International Oil and Gas Services Company: International Trade and Compliance Counsel

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 2005
  • Texas, 2004

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2004; Member, Texas International Law Journal
  • B.A., Texas A&M University, 2001, cum laude