James D. Slear
Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP
JAMES D. SLEAR is a Partner in the International Trade practice. Jim advises domestic, foreign and multinational clients in a wide array of industries, including aerospace, biomedicine, defense, financial services, insurance, Internet services, manufacturing, semiconductor and telecommunications. He focuses his practice on international trade compliance and enforcement, including the economic and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also advises clients regarding matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Jim has more than 25 years of experience conducting investigations. He has conducted internal investigations for numerous clients in international trade and other matters--such as antitrust and securities--both domestically and abroad, including Europe, the Middle East, Japan, the People's Republic of China and Malaysia. Prior to entering private practice, Jim was a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Air Force. During his military career, he became an accomplished trial lawyer, serving as the Air Force's Chief Trial Counsel in Asia and later as a Federal Court Trial Attorney for the Air Force's Commercial Litigation Division. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves following 16 years on active duty. After leaving active duty in 2000, Jim spent more than ten years at the DC office of a global law firm where he advised clients on international trade compliance and enforcement matters. He also argued motions before federal and state courts and prevailed on appeal before two state supreme courts.