Reid Whitten: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Reid Whitten


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims
  • Contract Cost Accounting
  • The False Claims Act and Related "White Collar" Issues
  • Exports and Export-Related Controls
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - FCPA
  • Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
  • Multiple Award Schedule Contracting
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.747.1900
Fax: 202.747.1901
Mailing Address2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006-6801
University The College of William & Mary, B.A., cum laude, 2002
Law SchoolWake Forest University, J.D., 2007 Fletcher Scholar, Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review
Admitted2007, Virginia; 2010, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; United States Fourth Circuit Court


•American Bar Association - International Law Section, Appointed Vice-Chair of the Law Student, LLM & New Lawyer Outreach Committee, August 2012 - August 2013
•American Bar Association - International Law Section, Europe Committee
•Virginia State Bar Association - International Practice Section


Mr. Whitten is an International Trade associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Whitten's practice focuses on international trade compliance and investigation work. He advises clients on detecting and deterring potential compliance issues with U.S. and international anti-corruption laws, export controls, and sanctions regulations. Mr. Whitten has also advised on anti-dumping, anti-boycott and Foreign Agent Registration Act compliance issues.

Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Whitten worked as an associate in the International Trade Group of another Washington D.C. firm. Prior to that experience, he clerked for the Hon. Samuel G. Wilson in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Whitten was featured as the Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month in the ABA Section of International Law June 2012 E-Update.


•Washington D.C. Rising Star, 2014, 2015


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
•Represented U.S. energy company in a multi-national anti-bribery and FCPA investigation conducted in coordination between U.S. and Ghanaian authorities.
•Defended U.S. energy company in FCPA investigation by U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
•Conducted internal investigation of FCPA red flag reports related to sales by U.S. oilfield equipment manufacturer from its agent in South America
•Designed FCPA and Chinese anti-corruption compliance program for the Chinese operations of U.S. Fortune 100 electronics company
•Advised on internal FCPA investigation of Fortune 100 U.S. agricultural products company related to bribery allegations on three continents
•Counseled non-U.S. automotive company on developing and implementing compliance program and training

U.S. Sanctions
•Performed compliance investigation for U.S. private equity company acquiring ownership of non-U.S. energy company with interests in Iran
•Advised non-U.S. bank on compliance with U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sudan, and other countries and individuals
•Represented non-U.S. chemical manufacturer in negotiating removal from federal and state blocked lists under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA)
•Conducted internal review of reported sanctions for major U.S. medical equipment manufacturer investigating reports of an agent making unauthorized sales to Iran

Export Controls
•Completed a company-wide ITAR compliance audit for the U.S. facilities of a global materials manufacturer and obtained a closed matter with no penalty or further action from The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
•Executed an ITAR review for a U.S. aerospace and defense manufacturer, integrating the compliance policies of two merged companies and reporting to regulators on the same
•Completed a review of EAR control compliance for a second-market microchip distributor pursuant to an FBI subpoena and negotiated closure of the investigation with significant reduction in penalties as a result of compliance improvements and cooperation
•Represented major U.S. consulting firm in internal investigation relating to the inadvertent export of controlled technical data
•Counseled Fortune 100 aerospace company concerning civilian and military export control matters, including controls relating to encryption and composites
•Represented Non-U.S. multinational chemical manufacturer in obtaining licenses for the export of controlled chemicals for medical research
•Advised multiple U.S. research universities on technology and deemed export issues related to non-U.S. campuses, students, and faculty
•Represented global automotive company establish and deploy export compliance processes, agreement language, and training to U.S. and non-U.S. personnel
•Defended U.S. electronics distributor in enforcement action by U.S. Attorney's Office for Middle District of Florida resulting in civil disposition with no criminal charges
•Represented Non-U.S. multinational manufacturer obtain licenses under ITAR for sharing controlled technical data to produce protective equipment for the U.S. military

CFIUS and Customs
•Represented U.S. and Canadian petroleum shippers, natural gas shippers, and pipelines in discussions with U.S. Customs and U.S. Census on regulatory interpretations
•Represented U.S. entity in CFIUS submission in connection with sale to non-U.S. investment fund of critical infrastructure assets

Litigation and Other
•Prepared a petition for certiori to the U.S. Supreme Court for a suit to protect the civil rights of immigrant detainees
•Defended the District of Columbia in a civil suit against thirty-two DCPD officers for damages related to the service of a warrant on a murder suspect
•Defended the District of Columbia in a civil suit against doctors at public hospitals who had performed free clinic care for patients underserved areas
•Served as judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Pro Bono
•Represented the widows of U.S. veterans in efforts to obtain benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration

Publications & News


•Co-authored chapter, U.S. Export Controls and the Cloud

Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2013 Edition, Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Thomson Reuters Westlaw, November 2013
•The Race For Riches In US-EU Trade Begins

Law360, April 18, 2013
•Things we need to be aware of when investing in Myanmar

The Korea Herald, February 6, 2013
• Loosening Satellite Export Controls

Law360, May 4, 2012
• Early Steps Toward a Streamlined Export Control System

WorldECR, December 22, 2011
• Taking Early Steps Toward Streamlined Export Control

Law360, November 29, 2011

Global Trade Law Blog Posts
• The Trans Pacific Partnership and the Auto Industry: Will Six Thousand Pages Pave the Way for Increased Exports? November 12, 2015
• Keep Your Frenemies Close: Proposed China Sanctions and the Price of Escalation, September 17, 2015
• Implementation Day: Do the Rules Let You Play in the New Ballgame for Business in Iran? July 16, 2015
• The Broader Problem: European Bank Creates an Easy Catch for the Long Arm of U.S. Jurisdiction, April 1, 2015
• Read the Directions Carefully Before Playing: State Department Releases Military Drone Export Guidance, March 5, 2015
• Change Your Entire Energy Export Policy Using This One Weird Trick! BIS “Clarifies” Short Supply Controls to Make Oil Exporting Easier, January 15, 2015
• A New Latitude: Charting a Course for Cuba, December 17, 2014
• Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May, December 4, 2014
• ECR Episode XI: Rewriting the Guide to the Galaxy - Satellites Passed to Commerce Control, November 6, 2014
• Bulletin: Commerce Department Statistics on the First Year of Export Control Reform, October 16, 2014
• ECR Episode IX: The Export Control Reform Turns One - What are Your Plans for the Big Celebration? October 9, 2014
• Shelter from the Coming Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance in European Public Procurement, July 15, 2014
• BNP Paribas and La Resistance: Why Compliance is not Capitulation and Cooperation Could Save an Economy, June 12, 2014
• ECR Episode IX - Serving up the Third Round: The Next Wave of Export Control Reform Takes Effect on July 1, 2014, June 12, 2014
• Just the TTIP: A Review of the Transatlantic Partnership Agreement One Year After It Is Introduced to America, February 6, 2014
• ECR Episode VIII: New Rules for the New Year, January 8, 2014
• ECR Series Episode VII: Livin' in a Materials World - Changes to USML Category XIII, November 13, 2013
• ECR Series Episode V: Revisions to Naval Vessel and Military Vehicle Controls - A Regulatory Sea (and Land) Change, September 5, 2013
• Export Control Reform Series Episode I: The Basics - Five Points to Remember about Export Control Reform, July 11, 2013
• Export Control Reform Series Episode II: The First Change - Reevaluating your ITAR Aircraft Parts, July 11, 2013
• $8 Million Penalty for Weak ITAR Compliance: How the Price of Maintenance Beats the Cost of Repair, May 7, 2013
• Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Race for Riches in U.S.-EU Trade Begins with a Mandate from the European Commission, April 2, 2013
• Streamlining the System: More Baby Steps Toward Reducing Export Compliance Burdens, April 2, 2013
• Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: The Mysterious Methods to CFIUS Approval, March 8, 2013
• Is China Getting Serious or Redirecting Responsibility? New guidance on Chinese Anti-Bribery Enforcement, February 14, 2013
• Foreign Investment in Burma: Resolutions for Business in a Very New Year, January 9, 2013
• Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone? Companies Face the Choice: Trip Over the SEC's New Reporting Requirements or Use them to Launch Strong and Effective Compliance Measures, September 27, 2012
• OFAC Authorizes the Exportation of Financial Services to and New Investment in Myanmar, August 17, 2012
• ALERT - Changes Coming to Europe's Dual-Use Export Regulations, July 11, 2012
• OFAC's (Very) Long Arm: GAM Settlement May Illustrate the ITR's Expanding Reach, June 7, 2012
• A Man Overboard Will Not Sink the Ship: How Robust FCPA Compliance Can Keep a Company Out of Hot Water Even When An Executive is Neck Deep, May 1, 2012
• Proposed Easing of Satellite Export Controls Could Benefit U.S. Satellite Industry, May 1, 2012
• On The List, Off The Menu: How 5 Major ITAR Shippers Disappeared, March 14, 2012
• Risk Mitigation and the Jolly Roger: The Multinational Regulatory Compliance Challenges of Fighting Pirates, February 21, 2012
• Even the Bagman: Foreign Agent Sentenced to Thirty Month Prison Term for FCPA Violations, January 17, 2012

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
• Government Procurement: November and December 2013 and January 2014 Federal Register Update, January 21, 2014
• Aiming for a Moving Target: Bad and Good News on Changing Iran Sanctions, December 9, 2011
• Early Steps Toward a Streamlined Export Control System: Proposed Changes to the ITAR and EAR, November 16, 2011
• Mind Your Own Businesses: UK Court Decision May Signal Pushback On Extraterritorial Enforcement of US Trade Laws, October 24, 2011
• Prison Time and Export Controls: University Professor's Case Illustrates Dangers of Ignoring Export Compliance, October 24, 2011
• Syria Update: Significant New Sanctions Imposed, September 19, 2011
• California and Florida Lead Trend of New State-Level Iran Sanctions, June 16, 2011
• Federal Judge Upholds DOJ's Expansive Application Of FCPA, May 10, 2011 (Also at Brussels, Belgium Office)


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Read the Directions Carefully Before Playing: State Department Releases Military Drone Export Guidance
Reid Whitten, March 18, 2015
The United States has a responsibility, or so the State Department tells us, to ensure the sales and exports of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are consistent with U.S. national security interests, U.S. policy, and even U.S. values. While the government would be glad to keep the export of military...

Change Your Entire Energy Export Policy Using This One Weird Trick! BIS “Clarifies” Short Supply Controls to Make Oil Exporting Easier
Reid Whitten, February 25, 2015
On December 30 the Commerce Department shifted the oil export landscape as it had existed for 40 years, with only a little administrative sleight-of-hand.

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May
J. Scott Maberry,Reid Whitten, February 25, 2015
Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice:
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