BakerHostetler Adds D.C. Partner to International Trade Practice

Barbara D. Linney brings significant experience handling complex international trade and business issues

Press Releases / January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jan. 28, 2019 — BakerHostetler announced today that Barbara D. Linney has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, where she will continue her long track record of leadership and success counseling businesses on international trade matters as co-lead (with Kerry T. Scarlott) of BakerHostetler’s International Trade team.

Previously a member at Miller & Chevalier, Linney has advised U.S. and foreign clients on international trade and business issues for more than 25 years. Her multinational practice spans numerous industries, including defense, aerospace, oil and gas, maritime, and medical. Though she has worked on a vast range of matters, Linney is particularly well-versed in counseling clients on export control, economic sanctions, foreign investment, defense security laws and regulations, and guiding internal investigations and due diligence in corporate transactions.

Linney has counseled both domestic and foreign clients on several important laws and regulations governing multinational businesses, including the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) and related laws and regulations administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Executive Orders and regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Iran Sanctions Act, as amended, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the U.K. Bribery Act. She has written and published extensively on these and a wide variety of other topics related to international trade and regularly speaks to the media and at national and international conferences on these subjects.

Linney is licensed to practice law in the U.S., Canada, England and Wales, which makes her uniquely qualified to handle cross-border regulatory matters involving these countries.

“Barbara’s impressive legacy as a successful and respected trade attorney is a welcome addition to our international trade practice,” said Kerry T. Scarlott, co-leader of BakerHostetler’s International Trade team. “With Barbara joining the other skilled trade attorneys on our team, clients should feel confident in our ability to provide exemplary counsel on any cross-border trade issue.”

“I’m thrilled to join Kerry as a co-leader of BakerHostetler’s strong international trade practice,” Linney said. “The firm’s broad platform and wealth of experienced trade attorneys will be extremely beneficial for my clients. I look forward to being part of a diverse team with a shared commitment to excellent service and practical business-oriented advice.”

Linney received her B. Comm. from the University of Manitoba, her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and her LL.M (International and Comparative Law) from Georgetown University Law Center, where she serves an adjunct professor of export controls and economic sanctions. She is vice chair of projects for the Women’s Interest Network of the ABA Section of International Law, a vice chair of the section’s National Security Committee and an active member of the Society for International Affairs. She also serves as pro bono general counsel to Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and is a past recipient of WIIT’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“BakerHostetler’s International Trade team was named earlier this month by Law360 as 2019 Practice Group of the Year,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of the firm’s national Litigation Group. “The team is managing large-scale, high profile cases that are making national headlines in both the U.S. and Canada, and Barbara’s experience will be a key enhancement to our firm’s established foothold as it relates to sanctions, embargoes, export controls, investigations, and other international and cross-border issues.”


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