Ladner & Associates, PC

A law firm of Customs, Export and Anticorruption Compliance Attorneys specializing in providing solutions to import, export and global anticorruption problems.

MARIAN E. LADNER is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Ladner & Associates PC. She primarily centers her practice on Regulatory Compliance with import, export and FCPA requirements.

Ms. Ladner helps companies create and streamline strategic sourcing and supply-chain operations, with an emphasis towards minimizing duties through participation in government preference programs, such as NAFTA, FTZs, CBI, GSP, and AGOA. Her practice also specializes in assisting multinational companies build, test, and sustain global import, export and FCPA compliance programs.

Throughout her career, Ms. Ladner has provided legal interpretations and advice nationwide to leading members of the trade community, including multinational importers and exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, shippers, and to Customs employees, such as auditors, import specialists, Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Officers; agents; and inspectors.

Ms. Ladner:

  • Advises clients on the development and implementation of internal compliance programs addressing export controls, "deemed" exports, economic sanctions, Anti-boycott issues, Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She has provided training both domestically and internationally.
  • Assists clients in navigating the myriad of complex regulatory trade compliance requirements, while maximizing transfer pricing strategies and resulting client profits.

In addition, Ms. Ladner has prepared voluntary disclosures to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury and BIS that resulted in the issuance of Warning Letters and avoided the imposition of criminal and civil penalties. She also has extensive experience in successfully preparing, submitting and gaining acceptance of Prior Disclosures to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”).

Ms. Ladner has conducted internal reviews and export compliance assessments, including analyses of export compliance policies and procedures, interviews with employees and management and review of documents, and the assessment of extraterritorial implications of the U.S. export laws on foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Ladner served as Corporate International Director–Imports and Customs Brokerage for a major international logistics provider, and also Chaired/directed the Customs & Trade Compliance practice as part of the International Trade Department of an international law firm as well as a 400 member law firm.

Ms. Ladner started her career with the U.S. Customs Service as a Senior Attorney in Value at their Washington Headquarters and in the Port of Savannah, Georgia.

Ms. Ladner has spoken extensively on issues related to Customs compliance and trading internationally, and on such topics as importing, exporting, the implementation and use of Foreign Trade Zones, Free Trade Agreements, NAFTA compliance, speaking to such groups as the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA), Direct Seller’s Association, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), National Bonded Warehouse and Cargo Association, Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), NY Bar Association, Japan Society and the Southern California Importers and Exporters Association.

In 2002, Ms. Ladner was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, to serve on the Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of the Customs Service (COAC) and served until 2007. Ms. Ladner also served as the General Counsel of OWIT from 2005-2008. She also founded its OWIT-Houston Chapter. In 2009, the International Compliance Professionals Association (“ICPA”) elected Ms. Ladner to serve as General Counsel for its upcoming board.

Prior to attending the University of Miami School of Law, Ms. Ladner studied International and Comparative Law in Paris, Moscow, Leningrad, and Warsaw.

Marian E. Ladner

Practice Areas

International Trade
- Customs Compliance/Enforcement
 - Export Compliance/Enforcement
      OFAC, BIS, State
 - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
 - Antiboycott


LL.M., American University,
   Washington College of Law,
J.D., University of Miami School of
   Law, 1985
B.A., Tufts University, 1981

Bar Admissions

Texas (2007)
District of Columbia (1987)
Florida (1985)

Court Admissions

District of Columbia Court
   of Appeals
Florida Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the
   Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Federal Circuit Court
   of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court 


State Bar of Texas
District of Columbia Bar
Florida Bar Association
American Association of
    Exporters & Importers (AAEI) International Compliance
    Professionals Association, Inc.
    (ICPA); General Counsel (2010)
Commercial Operations
    Advisory Committee (COAC),
    U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
    & U.S. Treasury Dept (2 terms,
    expired 2007)
National Association of
    Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) National Customs Brokers &
    Forwarders Association of
    America, Inc. (NCBFAA) Organization of Women in
    International Trade (OWIT) International General Counsel;
    Founder, Former President
    OWIT - Houston Chapter
Dallas Chamber of Commerce,
    Importers Steering Committee
San Jacinto College North,
    International Business and
    Trade Advisory Board, member University of Houston, Logistics
    Technology Advisor Board,
    Vice Chair and member

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