Leigh T. Hansson
Leigh is a partner and a leading lawyer in Reed Smith’s International Trade & National Security team.
Leigh has significant experience representing multi-national corporations in a wide range of industries, including financial services, defense and aerospace, shipping and maritime, education, manufacturing, life sciences, and energy and natural resources. She counsels clients in the legal regimes that govern international trade including the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and European Union sanctions, money laundering, and anti-boycott issues. Her work in these areas also involves practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and advising companies on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).
Leigh provides solutions for clients in a variety of contexts, including:
- Performing audits and internal investigations
- Government enforcement and investigation matters
- Conducting merger and acquisition due diligence reviews
- Supply chain management
- Designing and implementing trade compliance programs
- Conducting compliance training
She routinely represents clients in enforcement matters before OFAC, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”), the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), and other federal agencies. During the last several years, Leigh and her international team have represented clients in hundreds of enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and agency-led investigations (subpoenas, directed disclosures, seizures and detentions). Leigh and the practice group are both ranked in Chambers USA for “International Trade: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions” and in Legal 500 USA for “International Trade”. Leigh is featured as a Star Lawyer by independent research company Acritas due to excellent feedback from clients and also in Brummell Magazine’s Inspirational Women List for 2018.