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Beth Peters

Washington, D.C.

Beth Peters

Recognized by Chambers and Legal 500, Beth Peters has over 25 years of experience advising clients on international trade and immigration matters. Beth is Co-Director of our International Trade and Investment Group.

Beth advises clients on the full range of international trade laws, including export control, cyber, national security, sanctions, customs, anti-boycott, and anti-money laundering/USA Patriot Act regulations. Beth also has a wealth of experience handling immigration matters and assessing cutting-edge technology transfer and deemed export issues.

Beth advises financial institutions and universities, as well as telecommunications, satellite, engineering, chemical, defense, life science, and other companies in complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and nuclear export controls, including complicated compliance, licensing, and enforcement matters. Beth assists financial institutions, universities, and companies on economic sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance matters.

As leading publications note, "Beth Peters has 'an encyclopedic knowledge of U.S. laws and excellent experience of their application outside the USA' and 'clients recommend her as a highly skilled and efficient practitioner,'" (Chambers USA ); "first-class in export procedures work" (Chambers Global); "Beth is the one with the most 'secret sauce,' that almost ineffable quality that transcends subject matter competency and business judgment to make a practitioner more than the sum of her parts. Maybe it's her emotional intelligence, but Beth has a quality that puts clients at ease even when faced with significant compliance challenges."(World Export Control News Awards Export Control Practitioner of the Year - Highly Commended); Legal 500 US Leading Lawyer (2009-2017) "good relations with high-ranking government officials’ and is consequently a go-to practitioner for clients seeking strategic and nuanced advice relating to export controls and sanctions." Beth was voted "Runner-up" for the 2016 WorldECR award of Export Control Practitioner of the Year.

Beth Peters was a speaker and panelist for the 2017 PLI Export Controls and Sanctions Conference and presented a session entitled Designing, Implementing and Assessing Programs which was held December 14 – 15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"Customs, exports and sanctions specialist Beth Peters has a top notch practice and a great reputation.'"

Legal 500 U.S. 2009-2015

Representative experience

Work with clients to develop risk-based trade compliance programs, including conducting audits and implementing training programs.

Help companies to classify goods, technology, and software and obtain licenses and classifications under the EAR, ITAR, and nuclear export controls.

Counseled insurance companies, including property, casualty, marine, and life lines on sanctions enforcement under OFAC and state regulations.

Advised financial institutions on export control, AML, anti-boycott, and sanctions issues in fund transfers, handled training, audits, and disclosure.

Advised companies and universities regarding export control and immigration laws including deemed exports of technology and software source code.

Counseled top U.S. research universities on sanctions, including campuses and activities and obtained OFAC licenses.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Duke University, 1987
  • Summer Program, Oxford University, 1985


  • Former co-chairman, International Trade Committee, District of Columbia Bar
  • Former Advisor, Law 360 International Trade Editorial Board, 2013-2014
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA)
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Member, Society of International Affairs

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (USA)

Chambers Global


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 US


Labor and Employment: Immigration

Legal 500 US


2016 Export Control Practitioner of the Year – Runner-Up

WorldECR Award


2015 Export Control Practitioner of the Year – Highly Commended

WorldECR Award

2007, 2013

Top Lawyers

Washingtonian Magazine


Immigration (District of Columbia)

Chambers USA


International Trade: Trade Remedies and Trade Policy (USA)

Chambers Global


International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


"Legal Elite"

Virginia Business Magazine

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