Susan Bridgman

Susan Bridgman is Senior Counsel with the firm.  A highly effective trade attorney, Ms. Bridgman advices public and private companies on economic sanctions, export controls, antibribery and other foreign policy and economic policy-based trade controls.

Ms. Bridgman assists companies with the development and implementation of comprehensive international trade compliance programs to address the full range of classification, licensing, enforcement and transactional concerns arising under the export control, sanctions and antibribery laws of the United States and other countries. These laws include the trade control regimes administered by the U.S. departments of Commerce (Export Administration Regulation or EAR), State (International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR) and Treasury (Office of Foreign Asset Controls or OFAC), and antiboycott regulations administered by the U.S. departments of Commerce and Treasury. Ms. Bridgman also assists clients with development and implementation of effective compliance programs, internal investigations and related enforcement concerns associated with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and equivalent antibribery regimes of other countries.

Ms. Bridgman has extensive experience advising companies in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, technology, manufacturing, cloud service providers and institutions of higher learning.  Representative matters include:

  • Preparing license applications, commodity jurisdiction requests (CJs), commodity classification requests (CCATS), encryption review requests, advisory opinion requests, technical assistance agreements and other submissions to U.S. government agencies
  • Conducting international trade due diligence for acquisitions
  • Advising clients on global trade restrictions applicable to the export/import of encryption items, in particular in Russia, Hong Kong and China
  • Advising clients on export controls applicable to cloud and hybrid cloud computing products and services, including tools to ensure export controls are not violated for internet-based access
  • Creating and conducting client/industry-specific training presentations on export control, anticorruption and sanctions compliance for companies in a variety of industries
  • Developing compliance programs and corrective actions based on root-cause analysis and relevant business-specific risk profiles.
  • Developing automated compliance tools and web applications in conjunction with IT specialists.
  • Analyzing information systems to identify potential areas of unauthorized access to protected data, assessing compliance with EAR encryption-related controls, and developed internal compliance programs.
Education & Admissions

Ms. Bridgman obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law, concentrating her studies in tax law. While in law school, Ms. Bridgman was the runner up in the national Jessop International Law Moot Court competition. She obtained her BA in Italian from The Ohio State University and her certificate di frequenza from the Scuola Michelangelo in Florence, Italy.

Ms. Bridgman is licensed to practice law in Ohio, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Supreme Court.

Honors and Awards

Ms. Bridgman is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award awarded collectively by the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Program, Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in recognition of her dedication to pro bono services.