Maria Alonso

Maria Alonso assists clients with a broad range of international trade and national security matters, including those governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions, U.S. customs laws and regulations, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ms. Alonso advises clients on the U.S. national security review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She has experience advising clients on the potential national security risks of proposed transactions and assists clients in seeking clearances from CFIUS for transactions subject to review. Ms. Alonso also advises clients on a variety of compliance matters, including export classification, compliance procedures, voluntary disclosures to government agencies regulating trade, and corporate investigations.

In her spare time, Ms. Alonso loves to spend time with her family and two dogs. She also enjoys reading and visiting new restaurants.

Education & Admissions

Ms. Alonso received her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was an editor for the SMU Law Review Association. Ms. Alonso received her B.S. in education from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Alonso is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She is a member of these professional organizations.

  • National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD)
  • American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)
  • International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA)
  • National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA)
  • Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA)
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association (DWLA)
Honors and Awards

2018 Dallas Women Lawyers Association Scholarship Recipient
2017 and 2018 Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship Recipient
2017-2018 Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship Recipient
2017 Dallas Bar Foundation Collins Clerkship Recipient
2017 Leadership Class Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Olga Torres, Maria Alonso, and Donna Wedgeworth, Due Diligence and Best Practices to Avoid Forced Labor in Supply Chains, Bloomberg Law, Professional Perspective, December 2020.
  • Olga Torres and Maria Alonso, What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know About Changes in U.S. Foreign Investment Laws, State Bar of Texas International Law Section, International Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2020.
  • Olga Torres and Maria Alonso, Complying with US Export Control and Immigration and Anti-discrimination Laws, WorldECR, Issue 84, November 2019.
  • Olga Torres and Maria Alonso, Proposed Regulations Set to Expand Authority of CFIUS, State Bar of Texas International Law Section, International Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 2018.
  • “Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series III: EEI/ AES and EAR,” NCBFAA Educational Institute, Webinar (Feb. 9, 2021).
  • “Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II: Drop Shipments and Routed Transactions,” NCBFAA Educational Institute, Webinar (Feb. 18, 2020).
  • “ITAR Agreements: Best Practices and Challenges,” Torres Law Webinar Series (April 16, 2020).
  • “Export Controls 101,” NCBFAA Educational Institute, Webinar (Nov. 17, 2020).