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Education

  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School, 2016
    George Washington Scholar
  • B.A., Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2009
    Dean’s List, Student Leader Award
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Neha Dhindsa

Associate

Neha Dhindsa is an associate in Venable's Regulatory Group in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses primarily on international trade and customs and maritime and transportation issues, including import and export controls, regulatory compliance, and international arbitration. Neha has worked on matters before several regulatory authorities and courts such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), various federal and state courts, and the International Court of Arbitration.

International Trade and Customs

Neha assists clients with export and customs compliance, anti-bribery issues, anti-boycott issues, customs classifications, trade tariff and customs duties issues, government subpoenas, inquiries from federal agencies, self-disclosures, petitions to mitigate, and formulating targeted compliance policies and training.

Transportation and Logistics

Neha also works with multiple international transportation and logistics companies on contract reviews, agreements, customs compliance, international expansions, regulatory audits, operational issues, and government outreach. On the opposite end, Neha assists multiple small and large importers and exporters with their transportation contracts, international distribution arrangements, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and customs compliance.

Nonprofit Organizations

Neha also regularly works with multiple international nonprofit organizations including foundations, charities, trade associations, professional societies, advocacy groups, and other entities with their international operations in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and advises on compliance with U.S. and local country laws when operating internationally, including with the new Chinese Management Law, the FCPA, labor and immigration laws and OFAC and BIS regulations affecting their activities.

Recent Activity

  • Advised international logistics providers on customs compliance, including on potential operational changes, broker management, and licensing;
  • Advised logistics platform on Shipping Act compliance, including drafting FMC agreements, intercompany and operating agreements, and reviewing compliance policies;
  • Created tailored export control compliance policies and procedures and compliance training for international software and media companies;
  • Advised multiple large nonprofits on conducting operations in China; and helped U.S. based non-governmental organizations obtain and maintain registrations across the globe, identify local partners and correctly structure local entities in order to carry out grant work;
  • Worked with leading U.S. food producer on logistics issues, contract reviews, customs mitigation, rerouting cargo, distribution arrangements, and litigation;
  • Helped hardware producers obtain export licenses from BIS; and
  • Assisted with regulatory and legislative outreach on behalf of logistics providers and the energy and automotive sectors.

Neha graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. While there, she served as a board member on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, a member of The George Washington International Law Review, and a member of the Forum on Law, Economics & Finance. She holds a bachelor of arts from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Prior to attending law school, Neha worked as the lead regulatory analyst at Western Union Business Solutions, where she interfaced with state and federal regulators, internal and external auditors, various foreign affiliates, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.