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Matthew A. Goldstein

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Direct: 202.550.0040
Fax: 520.214.2001

Practice Areas:
International Trade Controls
Regulatory Compliance
Civil Rights Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Matthew Goldstein is head of the firm's International Trade Group, focusing his practice on export controls compliance and other regulatory matters, internal investigations, and litigation. Matt has advised federal government agencies on export controls compliance. He has also served as an industry representative on export control issues for the Department of State and Department of Commerce pursuant to executive branch appointments under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Matt assists clients with all aspects of international trade controls. This work includes assisting companies with exports under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), development and implementation of international trade compliance programs, preparation and submission of export commodity jurisdiction and classification determinations, and internal company training.

Matt has extensive experience in internal investigations, voluntary disclosures to government agencies, and managing consent agreements. This experience includes development of compliance metrics and interactive analytics tools for compliance audits, assessments, and reports.

Matt is also experienced litigating regulatory-based claims against the government under the Administrative Procedures Act and other laws, with published decisions in federal district and appellate courts.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D, magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Honors in Legal Methods and Writing
    • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
  • State University of New York at Albany, Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy (M.A., 1992)
  • The University of Arizona (B.A., 1991)
    • Undergraduate Society of Criminal Justice Studies, President

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Arizona

Cases and Transactions

  • Washington v. United States Dep't of State, 318 F. Supp. 3d 1247 (W.D. Wash. 2018)
  • Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dep't of State, 838 F.3d 451 (5th Cir., 2016)
  • Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dep't of State, 121 F.Supp.3d 680 (W.D. Tex., 2015)
  • In re Albritton, BAP No. AZ-08-1333-DuJuPa (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 3/2/2010)


  • “Addressing Congressional Notification Requirements — Best Practices,” Author, WorldECR, Issue 71 (August 2018)
  • "Export Controls Compliance: The often-overlooked billion-dollar risk," Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (July 2017)
  • "Status and Adverse Consequences of U.S. Export Control Reform," Thomson Reuters Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, Volume 3, Number 6 (June 2014)
  • "United States Trade with North Korea: The Sanctions, Recent Transactions, and Contradictions," WorldECR, Issue 25 (September 2013)
  • "International Legal Developments in Review: 2012: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions," Editor and Co-Author, The International Lawyer, American Bar Association, Volume 47 (Spring 2013)
  • "Department of State Confirms Prior Approval Requirement for Electronic Exports to Public Domain in Case of 3D-Printable Gun," Thomson Reuters Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, Volume 2, Number 11 (June 2013)
  • Defense Trade Law Blog, Managing Editor, (June 2013-present)
  • "An Election Eve Perspective on Export Control Reform: Where It Is and a Forecast of Things to Come," WorldECR, Issue 17 (November 2012)
  • "International Legal Developments in Review: 2011: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions," Editor and Co-Author, The International Lawyer, American Bar Association, Volume 46 (Spring 2012)
  • "Transmitting Private Sector Technical Data into the Public Domain under the ITAR," Kluwer Global Trade and Customs Journal, Issue 6-10 (October 2011)
  • "Eight Steps to Export Controls Compliance,", Web. 22 (July 2011)
  • "Hecho en Cuba, Prohibido en America: The United States War on the Communist Cigar," Smoke Magazine, 2011: Issue 1
  • "Does Your Human Resources Screen For Export Control and Economic Sanctions Violations? They Should!" Co-Author, The Practical Lawyer, American Law Institute | American Bar Association (April 2008)
  • "Working Successfully with ITAR in U.S. Canadian Defence Industry Technology Transfers," Co-Author, Government of Quebec (February 2008)
  • "DFARS Amendment and Defense Trade Treaties," Miller & Chevalier International Issues Preview 2008 (January 2008)
  • "Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Are Now in Effect; What Tier is Your Facility?" Co-Author, Homeland Defense Journal, Volume 5, Issue 11 (November 2007)
  • "Multiple Regulations Multiply Risk," Snell & Wilmer Global Connection (August 2007)
  • "Consider Export Controls and Foreign Transactions and Practices Regulations in Merger, Acquisition, and Divestiture Activities," American Bar Association Section on Business Young Lawyers' Forum eNewsletter (June 2007)
  • "Government Restrictions on International Travel With Your Laptop," Tucson Business Edge (January 2007)
  • "How Do Export Controls Affect Your Legal Practice?" The Writ, Pima County Bar Association (December 2006)
  • "Reducing Your Company's Exposure to Terrorism Related Claims," Homeland Defense Journal, Volume 4, Issue 12 (December 2006)
  • "Are U.S. Economic Sanctions Your Business Risk?" Inside Tucson Business (August 2006)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Defense Industrial Association, Southwest Chapter, Board Member (2019-present)
  • Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation, Board Member (2019-present)
  • The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (2017-present)
  • Export Compliance Training Institute, Special Topics Instructor (2015-2017)
  • International Police Association (2014-present)
  • Society for International Affairs (2010-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law
    • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
      • Steering Committee Member (2011-2013)
      • ITAR Brokering Rule Working Group Member (2013)
      • Cybersecurity Legal Committee Task Force (2012-2013)
    • Task Force on Integration of Vienna Convention Consular Notification Requirements (2009)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • International Human Rights Award Committee, Chairman (2008-2009)

Representative Presentations

  • "ITAR, USML, AECA and Gunowners," Gun Rights Policy Conference, Second Amendment Foundation (2018)
  • "Beyond the Lord of War: Arms Brokering under ITAR Part 129," Export Compliance Training Institute (2017)
  • "Fundamental Research Legal, Funder, and University Perspectives," University Export Controls Seminar Program hosted by the Export Compliance Institute at Ohio State University (2016)"Navigating the Challenges of U.S. Export Controls," Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (2016)
  • "Post-Export Control Reform Commodity Jurisdiction: New Rules of the Game," Export Compliance Training Institute (2015)
  • "Beyond Fundamentals of the Fundamental Research Exclusion," Export Compliance Training Institute (2015)
  • "Export Control Law & Reform Threats to Research and Publication," Arizona Optics Industry Association (2015)
  • "Defense Trade Brokering," The Knowledge Group (2013)
  • "Export Controls on the Practice of Law," State Bar of Arizona Convention (2008)
  • "U.S. Export Controls, Embargoes, & Economic Sanctions Regulations," Thunderbird School of Global Management (2008)
  • "U.S. Export Controls on U.S./UK Aerospace Arrangements," Arizona Department of Commerce (2007)
  • "Export Controls on Nanotechnology," 2nd Annual Arizona Nanotechnology Symposium (2007)
  • "Brief Primer on Export Controls for the University," University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences (2007)
  • "Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations in the Invigorated Post-9/11 Enforcement Environment," Moderator, Arizona District Export Council (2007)

Awards and Recognition

  • Bill of Rights Award, Second Amendment Foundation (2018)
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, International, Washington DC (2013)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (February 2004)

Other Experience

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Defense Trade Advisory Group
    • Industry Member (2014 - 2016)
    • Trade Compliance Working Group, Member (2014 – 2015)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Materials Technical Advisory Committee
    • Industry Member (2013-2015)
    • Fundamental Research Working Group, Co-Chair (2015)
    • Public Domain Working Group, Co-Chair (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (2011-2013)
    • Served under contract through BAI Inc. as an export controls subject matter expert and advised on federal agency component compliance, made recommendations for agency positions in regulatory rulemaking concerning export controls, and participated in White House and Department of Defense meetings on export control list revisions.
  • Snell & Wilmer LLP, Associate Attorney (2003-2007)
  • Pima Community College, Administration of Justice Studies, Adjunct Faculty (1998-2000)
  • Town of Marana Police Department, Police Officer (1996-2000)
    • Accreditation Compliance Officer
    • Field Training Officer
    • AZPOST Certified General Instructor
    • Chief Y2K Planning Officer 

About Our Firm

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