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Curtis M. Dombek

Curtis M. Dombek

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Brussels, BEL

Curt Dombek is a partner in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group, based in Los Angeles who spends time regularly in the Firm's Shanghai office on international trade matters.

Areas of Practice

 Mr. Dombek has practiced since 1983 in the field of international trade. He advises clients on the full range of international regulatory issues, including civilian and military export controls, trade sanctions and blocking orders, Customs matters, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the USA Patriot Act, Free Trade Agreements, CFIUS reviews of foreign investment in the United States, the antiboycott regulations and the US-EU privacy safe harbor. He handles export control compliance and other international matters for multinationals in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, aerospace and defense, energy, pharmaceutical, chemical, electronics and fashion and apparel industries.

Mr. Dombek has designed international compliance programs and advised on complex questions of international compliance for companies with operations throughout the United States and the European Union as well as in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Assisting companies in complying with the detailed export controls on encryption and telecommunications technology is a significant part of his practice, as is the regulatory compliance relevant to outsourcing of design and production activities to India and China.

Mr. Dombek has represented clients in many high-profile international trade cases. In Kuwait, he represented the Kuwait government in the preparation and submission of its Gulf War claims to the United Nations Compensation Commission. Mr. Dombek has conducted many depositions and other investigative and discovery proceedings overseas and has represented domestic and foreign clients in ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations in Europe and the Far East as well as the United States. He has addressed international conferences and published articles on a variety of international legal topics.

  • J.D., Harvard University, 1983, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1980, magna cum laude, with highest honors

  • California, District of Columbia and Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California and District of Columbia
  •  U.S. Court of International Trade

Other Credentials
  • Member, President's Export Council, Subcommittee on Export Administration
  • Member, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee on Specifications for Anti-Bribery Management Systems
  • Chambers International Trade Notable Practitioner
  • Board Member, Harvard Law School Association of Southern California
  • Member, LA County Bar Association Customs Law Committee
  • Named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Southern California Super Lawyers in 2006-2011
  • Fluent in German

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