Devin A. Sefton

Sefton Devin
Devin Sefton is an associate in Venable’s Regulatory Practice in the Washington, DC office. He focuses on international trade issues, including customs, sanctions, and export controls. He advises clients on compliance with regulations administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), among other agencies.

Devin has assisted clients with establishing international trade compliance programs; internal compliance reviews and audits; prior disclosures before CBP and voluntary self-disclosures before OFAC, BIS, and DDTC; protests; responding to agency inquiries and adverse actions; and day-to-day guidance on international trade compliance issues. He regularly assists clients with customs classification and valuation, free trade agreements and special programs, and export classification and licensing.

Devin has experience assisting clients of all sizes and stages of development, from local start-ups to multinational corporations, and spanning a broad range of industries, including agriculture, textiles, energy, medical, software, financial services, aerospace, and defense.

During law school, Devin studied at the Duke Institute of Transnational Law in Geneva, Switzerland and the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. He also interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.




  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law 2012
  • B.A. University of Texas 2009

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Customs Lawyer Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association