News & Publications

Torres Comments on the Cybersecurity Requirements Imposed by NIST SP 800-171

Managing Member, Olga Torres, was quoted by Inside Defense, "Contractors Wonder How DoD will Enforce Supply Chain Security Requirements," regarding the practical implications for compliance with the NIST SP 800-171 requirements. For the full article, click here.

Super Lawyers Rising Star For Four Consecutive Years

Torres Law is pleased to announce that the law firm’s Founder and Managing Member, Olga Torres, has once again been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” an exclusive list recognizing no more than two percent of attorneys. Congrats Olga!

Torres Law is Selected as International Lawyers Network's Law Firm of the Month

Torres Law is proud to announce its selection as the International Lawyers Network's ("ILN") law firm of the Month. The ILN is an association of 91 high-quality law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible services in 66 countries on six continents. 

Global Attorney of the Year Award

Managing Member, Olga Torres, was recently awarded the Global Attorney of the Year by the Dallas Global Chamber. The Global Chamber selected Ms. Torres based on her experience and qualifications including her recent selection for recognition in the 2017 edition of Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs and her Super Lawyers Rising Stars rating for four consecutive years. Ms. Torres was also recently selected as a "Recognized Practitioner" in the areas of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Law by Chambers and Partners USA, a leading authority in attorney rankings.

Whos Who Legal: Trade and Customs 2017 Recognizes Torres Law Founder

We are pleased to announce that the law firm’s Founder and Managing Member, Olga Torres, has been named to the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade and Customs, a guide to the world’s leading trade and customs lawyers, economists, and anti-dumping consultants.

Who’s Who lawyers are selected based upon a comprehensive, independent survey with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only lawyers who have met independent international research criteria are listed, and it is not possible to buy entry into any Who’s Who Legal publications. Published by London-based Law Business Research Limited, Who’s Who Legal features private practice lawyers from more than 150 national jurisdictions, covering 34 areas of corporate and commercial law. The Who’s Who Legal publications are intended to serve as reference sources for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations of lawyers recommended by another party. The publications are distributed to counsel and officers at more than 8,000 of the world's leading corporations and to executive partners at pre-eminent law firms.

Congratulations to Ms. Torres on her multiple recognitions this year! Our future is bright.

Olga Torres Recognized by Chambers and Partners

Ms. Torres, who handles notable trade matters for numerous companies in the United States and abroad, is listed in Chambers' 2017 Guide as a "Recognized Practitioner" in the areas of Nationwide International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions. Ms. Torres joins a few select attorneys in the United States recognized for their trade law expertise. Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers and Partners research department is unique as it is the largest of its kind in the world with over 170 full-time staff whose talent, skill, and integrity ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Chambers Guides.

Ms. Torres re-appointed to DTAG

Congratulations to Olga Torres for her recent re-appointment to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. The DTAG advises the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls on issues involving the implementation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and defense exports. DTAG members are appointed on the basis of their substantive knowledge of the export regulations as well as their technical expertise.

Olga Torres selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce that Olga Torres has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for three consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017).  This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

  • Peer nominations
  • Independent research by Super Lawyers
  • Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

September 25, 2018

Location:

Liuna Station
360 James St., N, Hamilton
Toronto, Canada

Olga Torres will speak on the latest in U.S. trade law developments. For the full agenda, click HERE.

  • Increased Customs and Border Protection Enforcement: How Can this Impact Canadian Companies?
  • NAFTA Renegotiations and Updates
  • Other New Developments in Trade Under the Trump Administration

For registration, click HERE

July 24, 2018 1 pm ET to 2 pm ET

Location: webinar

Join the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and Torres Law for this webinar that will provide information regarding the relevant export agencies, regulations governing the export of products, common compliance pitfalls and errors to avoid, and tips for compliance.

Registration information: Save the Date. Registration information coming soon.

June 28, 2018 1 pm to 2 pm ET

Join the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and Torres Law for this webinar that will provide an overview on the successful preparation of protests, rulings, prior disclosures and other Customs submissions.

-Overview of relevant regulations
-Errors to avoid
-Tips and Recommendations
-Q&A session: give us your thoughts!

Registration information: Save the Date. Registration information coming soon.

June 07, 2018 11:00 am CST

Location: Chicago, Illinois

This program focuses on complex, timely challenges encompassing U.S. export controls. A resource for leading exporters, this conference brings together international trade practitioners of all backgrounds to dive into key requirements and latest best practices for export compliance. Speakers include decision-makers from DDTC, BIS, FBI, DHS, and more, as well as many leading senior export controls professionals from the technology and defense sectors.

Olga Torres will be participating in the panel entitled “The Nuts and Bolts to Master the Classification of “Defense Articles,” “Technical Data,” and “Defense Services.”

Registration information: Click here.

May 31, 2018

As a new member to the International Lawyer Network (“ILN”) Torres Law is excited to attend the ILN’s Annual 2018 Conference in Toronto, Canada.  We look forward to networking with the ILN member firms and facilitate our clients access to the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Location: Four Seasons Toronto, Canada

May 07, 2018

Join the Association of University Export Control Officers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Torres Law in this informative presentation that will discuss common pitfalls in exporting.

May 7-9, 2018

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison

To register, please visit https://2018exportconf.research.wisc.edu/registration/

May 01, 2018 9:00 am PST

Sanctions can be complicated for even the most sophisticated parties. Determining which government agencies have jurisdiction and the applicability of sanctions to various transactions can be difficult. Join us at the National Customs Brokers Forwarders Association of America Annual Conference.  

May 1, 2018

Location: The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA USA

April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm CST

Come join us in a soiree of fun and learning with expert attorneys discussing the latest developments in import law as well as common import pitfalls. Bring your fun attitude, questions, and enjoy a happy hour compliments of Torres Law after. 

April 12, 2018
Presentations: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm CST
Happy Hour: 4:00 – 5:30 pm CST

Location:
Torres Law at One Main
1201 Main St., Suite 1350
Dallas, TX

Happy Hour: The Bar at the Westin Hotel located in the same building.

To register, please email us at info@torrestradelaw.com. Class size is limited to 12 participants, so sign up today! 

March 13, 2018 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm (ET)

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt,  San Diego, California

In this presentation Olga Torres will cover information on preparing successful ITAR commodity jurisdictions and EAR classification requests (CCATS). To register, please go to https://www.regonline.com/ICPAannual18

January 11, 2018 1:00 to 2:00 PM (ET)

Join Torres Law and Centre Law & Consulting for this ITAR webinar. The ITAR are interpreted broadly, enforced strictly, and applicable to both domestic and international activities. Having a working understanding of ITAR requirements is essential for navigating the many compliance obligations of the defense industry, including government contractors.  

December 05, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 PM (ET)

Please join Dave Wharwood, Sanctions Licensing Officer with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury, and Torres Law Managing Member Olga Torres for an interactive and informative webinar on sanction programs and latest developments.

ICPA DFW Conference
October 23, 2017 9:00-10:00 am (CST)

Olga Torres to speak on "Top Ten Export Errors to Avoid."

The U.S. export control laws and regulations can be dense, complicated, and even counterintuitive. In this presentation, you will learn about the top 10 most common export errors & how to prevent these errors from occurring at your place of business. The errors to be discussed range from misclassification of products to the failure to maintain export records and everything in between. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn from a top export compliance attorney on how to avoid the most common errors that lead to violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). 

For registration information, please click here.

October 19, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 PM (CT)

This webinar will discuss the key pitfalls exporters face under the U.S. export regulations. The U.S. export control laws and regulations can be dense and complicated. In this presentation you will learn common pitfalls that lead to violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To register, please visit PAEI's website at http://www.paei.org

October 12, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 PM (ET)

This webinar will discuss the role of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in implementing the latest sanctions policy changes on a practical level. 

To register click Here

September 13, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (registration begins at 5 pm)

Olga Torres will moderate this dynamic forum discussing the latest developments regarding the NAFTA renegotiation and what to expect. The panelists include The Honorable Antonio Garza, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) and Counsel in the Mexico City office of White & Case LLP and Kenneth Smith, Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC.

Park City Club
5956 Sherry Ln Ste 1700
Dallas, TX 75225

NCBFAA GTEC Conference
August 07, 2017 4:25 to 5:45 pm (PT)

Olga Torres to speak on “How to Handle US Export Agency Outreach & Company Visits.”

To register, and for more information, please click here.

April 26, 2017 Two full days

Torres Law is a proud sponsor of this year's Mid-Atlantic DEC Export Council Global Business Conference. This conference brings together trade experts to address various topics including export controls, sanctions law, cyber security, risk mitigation and many others. Come visit our booth!

To register, please go to: https://register.eventmobi.com/MIDATLDECCOMPLIANCECONFAPRIL2017/landing

Harmonized Tariff Schedule Classification Webinar
April 19, 2017 1:00pm ET to 2 pm ET

Harmonized tariff schedule classification is a high risk area for importers. This webinar will help you understand the harmonized tariff schedule structure and provide tips for correctly classifying your products. You will learn to develop classification strategies, legal classification concepts, structure of the HTS and best strategies to ensure classification compliance.

To register go to: www.ncbfaa.org or email info@torrestradelaw.com.

ICPA Miami Conference
March 14, 2017

Managing Member Olga Torres to speak at the International Compliance Professionals Association’s (ICPA) Miami conference on preparing successful ITAR commodity jurisdictions and EAR classification requests (CCATS). To register, please go to https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1881181

Export University/U.S. Commercial Service Philadelphia
March 14, 2017 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (ET)

Associate, Derrick Kyle, will speak on export controls and the agencies governing U.S. exports. This event will be held at Temple University -Fox School of Business, Alter Hall Philadelphia, PA 19122.

To register, please go to http://2016.export.gov/pennsylvania/philadelphia/upcominglocalevents/exportuniversity/index.asp

Export Regulations: Year End Review
December 06, 2016 1:30 to 2:30 PM (ET)

Location: Webinar

To register for this event please click here.

State of Trade -Import / Export Update
November 17, 2016 6:00 PM CST

Enjoy a networking dinner featuring David McCanlas, Assistant Area Port Director with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Dallas and Olga Torres, Managing Member with Torres Law. Together they will take a closer look at the newest developments in imports and exports, including Customs increased enforcement efforts targetting high risk importers.

To register for this event please email info@torrestradelaw.com.

Recent Developments in U.S. Sanctions
October 26, 2016 1:30 pm (Eastern)

Senior Counsel, Andrea Fraser-Reid, will present a webinar for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA). Ms. Fraser-Reid will cover the latest news and developments regarding U.S. sanctions.

To register for this webinar, please email info@torrestradelaw.com for information.

Import and Exports into China
October 11, 2016 2:15 pm (CST)

Olga Torres to speak at the ICPA Fall conference in DFW. She will be presenting on imports and exports into China. 

For more information and to register for this conference, go to http://www.icpainc.org/#upcoming-conferences

Mergers and Acquisitions: Trade Due Diligence
August 29, 2016 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm (ET)

Olga Torres will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute regarding trade due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Trade penalties can be among the most severe imposed by the U.S. regulatory agencies, and this webinar will provide detailed information on conducting trade due diligence reviews and will specifically focus on exports, imports and FCPA issues.

To register for this webinar, please go to www.clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/trade-law-due-diligence-context-mergers-acquisitions/.

 

The Implementation of Compliance Programs and Integration of New Business Units (Acquisitions)
August 09, 2016 10:45 am (EDT)

Olga Torres will be speaking at the Second Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC). This two-day event in Atlanta, GA will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues new and old. 

For more information and to register for this conference, go to http://www.gtecon.com/

July 12, 2016 1:00 pm (EDT)

Olga Torres will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute on July 12, 2016. She will cover the latest developments in Customs Audits, including how to effectively prepare for them.  

For information, and to register for this webinar, please visit the following link:
http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/customs-audits/

May 24, 2016 12:00 pm (EDT)

European Counsel, Raphael Barazza, will present a webinar for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA). Mr. Barazza will cover the latest news and developments regarding amendments to the European Union Customs Code and its practical impact on American Businesses. Companies doing business in the EU should register for this webinar to learn how these changes may impact them. 

To register for this webinar, please go to:
http://www.gtecon.com/