Beth Peters

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

Legal 500 U.S. 2009-2015

Recognized by Chambers and Legal 500, Beth Peters has over 30 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. She 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. She assists financial institutions, universities, and companies on economic sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance matters.

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); "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." (Legal 500 US Leading Lawyer).

Awards and recognitions


Trade & Customs: International Sanctions, Global Elite Thought Leader
Who's Who Legal


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Hall of Fame
Legal 500 US


International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (USA)
Chambers Global


International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Nationwide), Rank 1
Chambers USA


Dispute Resolution: International trade, Recommended
Legal 500 US


Trade & Customs: International Sanctions, Recommended
Who's Who Legal


Labor and Employment: Immigration
Legal 500 US


25 Most Respected Sanctions Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
Global Investigations Review


International Trade/WTO (International Firms) (Expertise Based Abroad)
Chambers Global


Immigration (District of Columbia), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers USA


Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
Legal 500 US


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Leading Lawyer
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

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

Related knowledge

China Trade and Security

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.

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