Vinson & Elkins was established in 1917 with the goal of becoming trusted advisors to Houston’s business and energy community. In its nearly 100 year history, the firm has grown to approximately 750 lawyers located in energy hubs, financial centers, and political capitals around the globe who provide strategic legal advice and counseling to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated business enterprises to address their thorniest and most challenging transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters. V&E currently serves clients from 14 global offices – Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Washington. This worldwide footprint enables the firm to deliver strategic counsel wherever and whenever clients need it.
Andrew D. Irwin is of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He practices at the intersection of export controls, anti-corruption and government contracting, focusing primarily on corporate investigations and related compliance counseling. He has conducted investigations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East (including on the ground in Iraq). Prior to coming to Steptoe, Mr. Irwin spent several years as inside counsel for one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.
Mr. Irwin has considerable experience counseling clients in a number of industries regarding their compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Much of his practice relates to enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and related internal investigations. He also advises clients regarding developing policies and procedures to prevent and detect violations and preparing license, classification and commodity jurisdiction requests. Mr. Irwin has also counseled clients regarding all major US sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and conducted investigations and prepared voluntary disclosures regarding potential sanctions violations. In addition, he has helped clients address a wide-range of issues related to working in Iraq.
Mr. Irwin also has extensive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) experience. He has investigated potential FCPA violations in numerous locales, including having conducted dozens of witness interviews. In addition, he has conducted FCPA due diligence and audits of sales agents, as well as prepared corporate policies and training materials regarding FCPA compliance. He frequently draws upon his background in public procurement in such matters. He also has experience with respect to anti-corruption issues involving the World Bank.
Mr. Irwin graduated magna cum laude from Princeton and with honors from the George Washington University Law School, where he spent several years as an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law. He has also studied at the University of Edinburgh.
Mr. Graham is identified by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America as one of the top immigration lawyers for employers in Texas. He has substantial experience in obtaining visas, permanent residency and citizenship for athletes, entertainers, executives, healthcare professionals, investors, religious workers, information technology workers, professors and researchers. Brian also focuses on resolving immigration compliance issues for employers, and developing long-term immigration strategies. He is a recognized expert on Export Compliance issues, including the Deemed Export Rule. Prior to joining Strasburger, Mr. Graham headed the immigration practice at a large Texas law firm. Before entering private practice, Mr. Graham was employed as Assistant District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and also worked at the INS General Counsel’s office in Washington D.C.
Suzanne’s practice focuses on export controls and government contracts.
Suzanne’s comprehensive export controls experience involves assisting clients in conducting international business transactions competitively and in compliance with U.S. and foreign laws and regulations. Counseling primarily involves assisting clients in a variety of industries with a variety of complex export and import-related issues, including compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); the Export Administration Regulation (EAR); sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); import regulations administered by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and Explosives (BATF); applicable regulations administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Census Bureau; and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Suzanne’s government contracts experience includes counseling, claims preparation and analysis, and litigation. She has handled contractor appeals before various Boards of Contract Appeals and has worked on bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and various agencies. She has assisted in litigation before federal and state courts. Suzanne also assists clients in resolving industrial security issues, including strategies for mitigating foreign ownership & control and litigating the denial of security clearances. Prior to entering legal practice, Suzanne was a contracting officer for the General Services Administration (GSA). In that capacity, she negotiated, drafted, awarded and administered real estate contracts for leasehold interest and purchase and assisted agency counsel in litigation.
Kevin Lombardo graduated, cum laude, from Loyola Law School in 2001 and is now a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge. He is in the Firm's government contracts department and specializes in international trade regulations, including matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), trade embargoes imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the regulations enforced by the Committee on Foreign Investment In the United States (“CFIUS”) and the Anti-boycott Regulations.