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Linda K. Tiller

Linda K. Tiller

Senior Counsel
Kansas City
office: 816.983.8223
fax: 816.983.8080
Overview

Linda leads the firm’s Customs & Trade practice. With deep international experience, Linda guides clients involved in global production and the transportation of goods and services across borders.

She assists manufacturers and distributors in all corners of the world and represents a diverse clientele, such as suppliers to the oil and gas industry, importers of a variety of consumer and industrial products, and exporters of defense articles and technology. Her engagements cover a wide range of trade matters, including advising on U.S. economic sanctions, import seizures, export licensing, antidumping cases, trade compliance and foreign distribution.

Linda is a frequent speaker on U.S. economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and export controls, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City and World Services Group.


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Services

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School
      • Order of the Coif
      • Dean's Fellow
      • Moot Court Board
      • George Washington Journal of International Law and Politics, Notes Editor
  • B.S.B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association, International Committee
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2011-2013
Experience
  • Numerous voluntary disclosures to Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) regarding International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance issues, including unlicensed exports of goods and technical data.
  • ITAR evaluation and internal audit of fire suppression equipment used on space vehicles, military aircraft and submarines.
  • Preparation and submission of ITAR applications for export licenses, manufacturing license agreements and technical assistance agreements for various manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Obtained license from Department of Commerce for re-export of computer equipment and software to Syria.
  • Obtained favorable ruling from the Department of Commerce for off-shore production of “crime control” devices for sale to the People’s Republic of China.
  • Defended DDTC/Commerce Department commodity jurisdiction review regarding surveillance and intercept software.
  • Defense of Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) subpoenas alleging violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
  • Compliance reviews for numerous clients related to OFAC economic sanctions.
  • Achieved revocation of anti-dumping order at International Trade Administration.
  • Negotiated significant reduction in administrative fraud penalty imposed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • Obtained exclusion of gluten-free pasta from antidumping order related to imported pasta from Italy.
  • Achieved cancellation of million-dollar penalty imposed by U.S. Customs over client's alleged negligent tariff classification of certain parts of electrical machines based on error by customs, while advocating a corrected classification with a zero rate of duty.
  • Obtained release of thousands of pairs of shoes seized by U.S. Customs due to counterfeit trademarked components with expedited release and significant mitigation down to nominal penalties.