The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Laura Fraedrich and Grayson Yeargin have joined the Firm as partners in the Washington Office's Government Regulation Practice. Ms. Fraedrich, who advises on international trade matters, was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Yeargin, who focuses on government contractor compliance and investigations, was a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP.
"Grayson and Laura's vast experience with sensitive U.S. contracting and trade issues will be much appreciated by our clients, not just in D.C. but around the world," said Greg Shumaker, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "We are extremely pleased that they have chosen to join us."
"Export controls and False Claims Act matters are particularly critical and dynamic areas that the Firm has long focused on," said Noel Francisco, Chair of Jones Day's Government Regulation Practice. "The arrivals of Laura and Grayson mark an important and very welcome addition to our capabilities in these and related areas."
Ms. Fraedrich represents clients in a broad range of export control, customs, and trade remedy matters, including issues related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, and the various embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also represents importers in all types of U.S. customs matters, including ruling requests, prior disclosures, protests, penalties, seizures, liquidated damages, and audits covering classification, valuation, country of origin, and trade preference issues. Ms. Fraedrich's trade remedy experience includes antidumping and countervailing duty matters, Section 201 and Section 421 proceedings, and Section 337 cases. Her antidumping and countervailing duty experience extends to all areas of proceedings at both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, including investigations, administrative reviews, sunset reviews, scope inquiry proceedings, and changed circumstances reviews, as well as NAFTA panel reviews. Ms. Fraedrich also assists companies in evaluating whether to seek clearance for foreign acquisitions in the U.S. and prepares joint notifications to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. She is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law (J.D.) and College of William & Mary (B.A., Economics).
Mr. Yeargin concentrates his practice on assisting clients with compliance with government requirements and guiding them through government investigations. A significant portion of Mr. Yeargin’s practice involves representing and advising clients on U.S. export controls and sanctions issues, including assisting companies with compliance with the sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and anti-boycott laws. Mr. Yeargin's export control practice includes advising clients on both enforcement and compliance. He assists clients in conducting internal investigations, assessing disclosure issues, working with government agencies to resolve disputes, and defending matters in court. He also helps clients develop compliance programs, institute corrective actions when problems arise, and work through regulatory issues. Mr. Yeargin also provides regulatory and dispute-resolution advice to companies on a wide variety of other government contracts issues, including False Claims Act matters, laws governing false statements and fraud, suspension and debarment issues, compliance counseling, internal investigations, self-disclosures, and litigation with the Federal government. Mr. Yeargin is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude) and Winthrop University (B.A., cum laude).
Jones Day is a global law firm with 41 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.