Led by a lawyer who re-wrote export control laws, including the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, Mr. Stagg can make a difference through our unique understanding of the regulations and of otherwise opaque agency practices. As a lawyer, he also brings the full spectrum of legal analysis tools to jurisdiction and classification issues.
Mr. Stagg has worked with a diverse array of companies, from Fortune Global 50 companies to start-ups, on all aspects of jurisdiction and classification. Several defense primes have their jurisdiction and classification programs powered by our insights. And we are leaned on for the most complex and urgent matters involving jurisdiction and classification.
Mr. Stagg has successfully advocated major regulatory changes that affect jurisdiction and classification, wrote the industry's only guide on preparing effective public comments to proposed rules that can influence the future of the export control regulations, and has originated novel legal arguments that were successfully used in litigation.
Christopher Stagg presented on "The 'How To' of ITAR Classification" at the American Conference Institute's special virtual seminar series on "Passport to Efficiency on the ITAR" on April 8, 2021.
Christopher Stagg has a leading and highly recognized law practice handling export control jurisdiction and classification issues. He is often turned to for the most complex issues and situations, including those that involve technical data and software.
Mr. Stagg's work with companies to develop high-confidence strategies and systems for determining jurisdiction and classification, and he provides individual or large-scale jurisdiction and classification assessments.
Mr. Stagg's services include:
Christopher Stagg was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), where he was deeply involved in re-writing and influencing U.S. export control regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
As DDTC's deputy lead for Export Control Reform, Christopher was involved in revising every category of the U.S. Munitions List, amending the Commerce Control List, and developed U.S. policy for designating items as defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).
Additionally, Mr. Stagg was involved in more than 500 commodity jurisdiction determinations, including appeals and reconsiderations. He also substantially reformed the ITAR's commodity jurisdiction process - the most significant such effort in history - as he revised the government's policies and review procedures for commodity jurisdiction cases.
Since then, Mr. Stagg has worked with more than 100 companies on all aspects of jurisdiction and classification, including developing the enterprise-wide jurisdiction and classification system for a major defense prime and has provided self-determinations for thousands of items.
Using unique experience and the full spectrum of legal analysis tools, Mr. Stagg provides companies with detailed and highly-supported jurisdiction and classification assessments.
Mr. Stagg has developed jurisdiction and classification systems for some of the world's largest companies, as well as customized solutions for small to medium size companies.
With substantial experience in jurisdiction and classification, Mr. Stagg helps companies with auditing previous jurisdiction and classification decisions.
Still have doubt as to whether an item is subject to the ITAR? File that request with a lawyer who was involved in more than 500 CJ decisions at the State Department, and who wrote the government's review procedures.
Still have doubt as to how an item may be controlled on the Commerce Control List? File that request with a lawyer who was involved in amending the Commerce Control List and worked with BIS on EAR classifications.
The agency appeal is of critical importance but it involves highly-opaque government practices. With Mr. Stagg's government experience, we provide "last resort" counsel to seek reversal of adverse agency actions.
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