Wes S. Sudduth

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Wes Sudduth assists clients on issues related to international trade and national security laws and regulations, including cross-border regulatory compliance, economic sanctions, export controls, and foreign investment reviews. Wes also focuses on import and customs matters, forced labor, anti-corruption and anti-bribery, trade remedies, and transportation and logistics-related laws and regulations, including the Shipping Act/maritime and all other modes. Wes is an experienced counselor who works to find practical solutions for client needs that include internal compliance reviews and investigations, training, screening and due diligence, voluntary disclosures, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), contract review, and proactive engagement with regulators.

Wes has significant experience representing and counseling U.S. and multinational clients on matters before multiple regulatory authorities, such as Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and Treasury Department’s Office of Investment Security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

Wes has a strong knowledge of global trade and supply chains, and companies’ cross-border legal and regulatory obligations under U.S. laws and regulations. He recognizes the need for innovative and practical compliance solutions to complex legal problems and understands the benefit of a legislative and government affairs approach to some issues.

Prior to attending law school, Wes served as a paralegal at a Washington, DC law firm. While in law school, he was a judicial intern at the United States Court of Federal Claims and was a summer associate in Venable’s Washington, DC office.




  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2015
    • Managing editor of research and projects, Virginia Journal of International Law
    • Judicial intern, The Honorable Judge Marian Blank Horn, United States Court of Federal Claims
  • M.A. History University of Virginia 2015
  • B.A. International Studies Johns Hopkins University 2010
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Study Abroad, Science Po, Menton, France, 2008-09

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Court of International Trade

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law 
  • Member, Virginia State Bar, International Practice
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
  • Member, American Society for Legal History (ASLH)


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