Nicholas A. Galbraith

Nicholas A. Galbraith

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 2022

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Government Relations Practice

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Nicholas Galbraith advises domestic and international clients on a wide range of complex trade law issues. No matter how rapidly changing the regulatory environment, Nick remains focused on identifying what is important and relevant to his clients and creating a legal strategy that realizes their objectives.

Nick has a wide range of international trade experience. He counsels clients on U.S. export controls and sanctions laws, including drafting compliance policies and procedures; export classifications; licensing requirements under the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and U.S. sanctions maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC); and the disclosure of potential violations to relevant authorities. He is a member of the team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).

In addition, Nick assists companies in their efforts to meet the demands of an ever-evolving regulatory environment, including the assessment of developments related to Iran, Russia, the Ukraine and Venezuela, among others.

Nick’s trade remedies experience includes petitions for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties, administrative reviews and scope ruling requests, as well as otherwise advising companies on the potential applicability and impact of such duties. He assisted an organic chemicals company in obtaining the imposition of over 400% combined countervailing and antidumping duties on subject imports from China.

Nick also advises clients on other import and customs issues, including product classifications and obtaining customs ruling letters, safeguard actions, and Sec. 301 duties. Moreover, he is involved in the trade-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including voluntary filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and mandatory notifications to Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

Prior to rejoining Barnes & Thornburg in 2017, Nick gained legal experience at the firm working in administrative positions prior to law school and as a law clerk during law school. Following law school, he was an associate practicing international trade law at another Washington, D.C., law firm.


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Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2023 for work in:

  • Government Relations Practice
  • Corporate Law

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