Jamie Joiner has extensive experience representing U.S. and foreign companies on a wide range of international trade compliance requirements related to customs, cross-border trade, and national security. Her areas of practice include export controls, economic sanctions, import and customs law, antiboycott restrictions, and requirements related to NAFTA and other duty preference programs. She regularly represents companies in administrative proceedings before U.S. government agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Her representations run the gamut of trade controls compliance issues, including defending enforcement actions, filing Voluntary / Prior Disclosures, responding to Penalty Notices and Claims for Liquidated Damages, applying for Export Licenses, filing Classification (CCATS), Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) and General Correspondence (GC) requests, responding to Seizure Notices, filing Protests, and conducting internal reviews for export and import compliance.
Based in Houston, Texas, Jamie has represented multinational corporations in complex export controls and sanctions compliance matters. She has handled customs matters involving nearly every major CBP port in the United States. She has extensive experience handling North American cross-border trade issues, including NAFTA Verifications, Prior Disclosures, investigations covering related party valuation, country of origin marking, and 9801 (U.S. goods returned). Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Jamie is the founder and Managing Member of Joiner Law Firm.
Prior to founding Joiner Law Firm PLLC, Jamie had the honor of being a Partner in a national law firm working with leading practitioners across a wide range of disciplines.
Jamie serves on the Executive Committee of the Houston District Export Council (DEC) and as the Houston Area Coordinator for the Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), a cooperative program among the Federal Bar Association, U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Small Business Administration that provides pro bono guidance to U.S. companies that are new to exporting. Jamie also serves as Vice-Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.
Jamie served as a Committee Editor for the American Bar Association (ABA) 2013 and 2014 Year in Review section on Customs Law, which summarizes the important milestones regarding U.S. judicial decisions, foreign trade policy , as well as legislative, administrative and executive developments. Jamie has authored several articles related to her areas of practice, including “Complying with U.S. Export Controls: Practical Considerations and Guidelines for Businesses,” South Texas College of Law, Currents (September 2009); “Foreign Nationals May Create Compliance Risks,” Counsel to Counsel International Law Alert (May 29, 2008); and “Dual-Use Export Controls on Nanotechnology,” Journal of Nanotechnology Law & Business (April 8, 2008).
Jamie is also a frequent moderator, guest lecturer and presenter at seminars and conferences. She moderated a panel for the American Bar Association (ABA) Customs Law Committee regarding the U.S. Customs Centers of Excellence and Expertise (April 2015); presented a Trade Sanctions Update to the Houston Industry Trade Compliance Forum (March 2015); co-moderated the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s “Understanding and Complying with BIS’ Russian-Related Sanctions” program (November 2014); lectured on the Russia Oil & Gas Industry Sector Sanctions at the October 2014 Export University Series; and presented “How Do You Integrate Importing, Exporting, Free Trade Agreements and Commercial Contracting Procedures to Maximize Efficiencies and Reduce Compliance Gaps?” at the South Texas College of Law Corporate Compliance Center, Global Compliance.
Jamie was named the 2015 Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”), an award is given annually to an individual who has shown a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. Super Lawyers has named Jamie a 2014 Texas Rising Star, as she has been recognized for the past several years. The Texas Rising Stars list is published annually in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition. Jamie earned the Client Choice Awards for Trade and Customs Counsel in Texas in 2013 and 2014 and was the only Texas Award recipient in this Category.
Jamie also holds a U.S. customs broker license, which she received in 2005.