Tahlia Townsend

Partner

Tahlia Townsend
Partner
offices New Haven
Washington, DC
phone 203-498-4339
fax203-782-2889
emailttownsend@wiggin.com
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Biography

A graduate of the Yale Law School, former federal law clerk, and partner in the International Trade Compliance practice, Tahlia is an experienced international trade compliance counsellor and federal civil litigator trusted by Fortune 50 defense contractors, major universities, and small businesses alike to litigate complex civil issues, interpret thorny portions of the ITAR, EAR, and U.S. sanctions regulations, implement compliance programs, conduct internal investigations, develop and drive corrective actions, draft voluntary disclosures, and defend against enforcement actions by the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, and Treasury.

Leading a team of seasoned associates with a sophisticated appreciation for the practical challenges of trade compliance learned first-hand through secondments to leading multi-national defense contractors, Tahlia has conducted hundreds of internal investigations into potential violations of U.S. export and sanctions laws, and teaches a class on International Trade Compliance at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Tahlia also assists U.S. and international clients in classifying products, analyzing regulatory requirements, obtaining export licenses, training employees, and conducting voluntary or directed site audits.

Tahlia is also an accomplished federal civil litigator, whose cases have included defense of a former foreign president against allegations of violations of international law, defense of a museum in disputes over Incan artifacts claimed by a Latin American nation, representation of a museum in a dispute over title to one of van Gogh's most famous paintings, defense of a foreign sovereign nation in a dispute over title to medieval artifacts, and representation of prisoners in civil rights matters involving military detention without charge, religious liberty, and freedom from involuntary medication.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Tahlia earned her J.D. from the Yale Law School and served as law clerk to Judge Robert N. Chatigny and Judge Mark R. Kravitz, both of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Before law school, Tahlia studied physics and chemistry, performed research in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, taught English at the Lauder Javne community school in Budapest, and studied French, German, and Hungarian.


offices New Haven
Washington, DC
phone 203-498-4339
fax203-782-2889
emailttownsend@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • Yale Law School, J.D.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)


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