Jamie Joiner has extensive experience representing U.S. and foreign companies on a wide range of international trade compliance requirements related to customs and cross-border trade. Her areas of practice include export controls, economic and trade 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 self-disclosures and 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, sanctions, 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 Origin Verifications, audits by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 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 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 on the Customs Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and is a member of the Houston Customhouse Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association.
Jamie has authored several articles, publications, and papers related to her areas of practice, including:
Jamie is also a frequent moderator, guest lecturer and presenter at seminars and conferences. A selection of her lectures, presentations, and moderated panels includes:
Jamie was named the 2015 Women Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), an award given annually to an individual who has shown a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. Super Lawyers named Jamie a 2014 Texas Rising Star, as she was recognized for 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.