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Thaddeus Rogers McBride

Washington, DC
T: 202.747.1925
F: 202.747.3824
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Mr. McBride is a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group and is resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. McBride represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies and individuals in international trade regulatory, compliance, investigative, and enforcement matters involving:

  • U.S. economic sanctions and economic embargoes (OFAC)
  • U.S. export controls (ITAR, EAR, and others)
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • U.S. Anti-boycott controls (OAC and U.S. Treasury Department)
  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • U.S. Customs and other import controls
  • Anti-money laundering and other banking controls (FinCEN)
  • USA Patriot Act requirements and compliance  
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyer, 2014
  • Leading international trade lawyer, Chambers USA, 2013, 2014
  • Board of Directors, First Tee of Washington, DC


  • Advised U.S. financial institution in settling OFAC enforcement matter due to inadvertent transactions with SDNS
  • Counseled multinational defense contractor in investigating possible sanctions violations caused by a third party representative
  • Assisted non-U.S. offshore drilling company conduct internal investigation of potential U.S. sanctions violations, including preparing a voluntary disclosure to OFAC
  • Represented multinational manufacturer investigate and disclose violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran
  • Counseled U.S. insurance company on procedures for minimizing U.S. sanctions compliance risks related to non-U.S. insured parties
  • Performed compliance due diligence for U.S. private equity company seeking ownership of non-U.S. energy company with interests in Iran 
  • Advised U.S. medical devices company on obtaining OFAC licenses for exports to Iran under the Ag-Med program
  • Assisted U.S. financial services company understand and address sanctions compliance issues related to overseas lease of U.S. aircraft
  • Counseled U.S. oilfield services company on compliance with U.S. sanctions on Burma (Myanmar)
  • Represented U.S. research university in submitting voluntary disclosure to OFAC related to Cuba travel
  • Counseled non-U.S. oil company on compliance with UN sanctions on Iran

Export controls

  • Represented U.S. defense contractor in conducting internal investigation and making voluntary disclosure of export violation to U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Counseled U.S. oilfield services company on U.S. export law issues related to maintaining equipment on offshore drilling rigs
  • Advised automobile manufacturer on export compliance, including developing and presenting comprehensive compliance training to company's U.S. and non-U.S. personnel
  • Represented U.S. manufacturer in responding to and negotiating penalties in BIS enforcement matter
  • Advised U.S. research university on technology and deemed export issues related to non-U.S. students and faculty
  • Counseled U.S. defense contractor in internal review and revision of export compliance policies
  • Assisted multinational manufacturer understand and comply with technology export issues under EAR and develop compliance provisions for master services agreements
  • Developed risk-based approach to export compliance review for U.S. defense contractor

FCPA and anti-bribery

  • Represented U.S. medical devices company in investigation by U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Created detailed, risk-based compliance matrix for multinational manufacturer to use to determine audit location and priorities
  • Counseled U.S. defense contractor in internal investigation of alleged corruption in company’s office in Turkey
  • Advised oilfield services company on FCPA compliance due diligence related to acquisition of non-U.S. company in West Africa
  • Assisted U.S. logistics company conduct internal review of corruption compliance issues in company’s Asia operations
  • Counseled U.S. health care company on developing comprehensive anti-corruption compliance policy and procedures
  • Developed anti-corruption compliance processes and procedures for multinational financial institution
  • Delivered anti-corruption compliance training to employees and officers of multinational manufacturing company


  • Advised U.S. construction services firm on preparing and submitting voluntary disclosure to U.S. Commerce Department, Office of Anti-boycott Compliance (OAC)
  • Helped major U.S. manufacturer understand and respond to potential boycott requests in letters of credit from Gulf States
  • Assisted financial services company understand and comply with U.S. Anti-boycott obligations
  • Counseled U.S. oilfield services company on conducting internal review of compliance with U.S. Anti-boycott law
  • Represented non-U.S. manufacturer develop anti-boycott compliance policies and training in reviewing and responding to potential boycott requests


  • Represented publicly traded Hong Kong entity in making CFIUS submissions in connection with acquisition of interests in U.S. natural resources
  • Counseled Chinese acquirer of U.S. technology assets throughout CFIUS process, including meeting with the Committee and preparing filing draft and final notices
  • Advised publicly-traded Canadian company on CFIUS implications of U.S. acquisition of defense contractor
  • Counseled large European security company on CFIUS process in acquisition of U.S. security firm
  • Assisted Asian acquirer of U.S. energy interests understand and navigate CFIUS process and follow-up steps necessary to comply with CFIUS conditions 


Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "How to Minimize Facilitation Risks Stemming from Related Parties, Foreign Affiliates, Joint Ventures and Subsidiaries," ACI's 5th Annual Economic Sanctions Boot Camp, December 4, 2014
  • "Mergers & Acquisitions Under the FCPA: Adequately Addressing Due Diligence," Convercent Webinar, November 5, 2014
  • "Brazil's New Anti-Corruption Law: Compliance and Enforcement Trends," Strafford Publications Webinar, October 21, 2014
  • "International Encryption Control: Navigating Differing Regulations and Exceptions," Strafford Publications Webinar, August 19, 2014
  • "Trade Controls Due Diligence: When, Where, and How to Review Business Partners and Transactions," Momentum Events Webinar, June 26, 2014
  • "Doing Business in India: Anti-Corruption Best Practices," Momentum Events Webinar, May 29, 2014
  • "U.S. Sanctions on Russia: What is Prohibited and How to Comply," Momentum Events Webinar, May 8, 2014
  • "Export Controls and Cloud Computing: Complying with ITAR, EAR and Sanctions Laws," Strafford Publications Webinar, April 23, 2014
  • "FCPA Risk Exposure in Your Compliance Program? An Inside Out Examination of the Gaps and Pitfalls That May Be Lurking in Your Compliance Program," Momentum Event's 2nd Annual Global Anti-Corruption Congress, Washington, DC, March 21, 2014
  • "Latest Iran Sanctions: Leveraging New Opportunities While Meeting Strict, Rapidly Changing Requirements," Strafford Publications Webinar, March 19, 2014
  • "Complying With ITAR Requirements Amid Increased Enforcement," Strafford Publications Webinar, February 5, 2014
  • "Brazil's New Anti-Corruption Law: FCPA Compliance is No Longer Enough," Strafford Publications Webinar, December 12, 2013
  • "The Fundamentals of Complying with U.S. Sanctions Against Iran: An In-Depth Review of the Most Significant Restrictions, Case Law, Prosecutions and Settlements Affecting U.S. and Foreign Entities," Pre-Boot Camp Working Group at American Conference Institute's 4th Economic Sanctions Boot Camp, New York, New York, December 3, 2013
  • "FCPA Clinic," Sheppard Mullin, November 13, 2013
  • "Brazil's New Anti-Corruption Law: Overview and Analysis," Practising Law Institute, November 12, 2013
  • "Latest OFAC Sanctions on Syria, Iran and Burma," Strafford Publications Webinar, November 6, 2013
  • "FCPA Compliance in Latin America," Practising Law Institute Webinar, August 1, 2013
  • "ITAR and EAR Compliance Review and Investigations - Conducting Internal Audits and Evaluating Whether to Disclose Potential Violations to Mitigate Penalties," Strafford Publications Webinar, June 26, 2013
  • "Lost in the Clouds: How Do You Control the Export of Data to Anywhere When It's Stored Everywhere?" Moderator, ABA Section of International Law 2013 Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, April 24, 2013
  • "Export Controls and Cloud Computing: Legal Risks - Complying with ITAR, EAR and Sanctions Laws When Using Cloud Storage and Services," Strafford Publications Webinar, April 2, 2013
  • "Complying with ITAR Requirements Amid Increased Enforcement," Strafford Publications Webinar, February 19, 2013
  • "Vetting Third Parties for Export Control Risks," American Conference Institute, Toronto, Canada, January 22, 2013
  • "Iranian Sanctions Compliance Strategies," Strafford Publications Webinar, December 20, 2012
  • "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Pitfalls: How to Spot Them; How to Avoid Them," Government Contractor Dinner Series, San Diego, California, November 28, 2012
  • "How to Comply with New Foreign, Dual and Third Country National Rules: Reconciling ITAR Requirements with Foreign Anti-Discrimination and Privacy Law Restrictions," American Conference Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October 24, 2012
  • "Making Sense of Current and Proposed Brokering Rules: How to Comply with Part 129 of the ITAR," American Conference Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 2012
  • "OFAC Sanctions on Syria, Iran, Yemen and Burma: Compliance Strategies," Strafford Publications Webinar, August 28, 2012
  • "Identifying ITAR and EAR - Controlled Technical Data," American Conference Institute's National Forum on International Technology Transfers & Deemed Export Compliance, Washington, DC, September 2011
  • “Global Competition,” Chafee Center for International Business World Trade Day 2010, Smithfield, Rhode Island, June 2010
  • “U.S. Trade Controls: Staying Compliant in a Challenging Economic Climate,” Co-chair, ABA Section of International Law 2010 Spring Meeting, New York, New York, April 2010
  • “Contract Provisions Addressing Compliance & International Boycotts,” International Association of Drilling Contractors Risk Management Conference, Houston, Texas, October 2008


  • American Bar Association - International Section, Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • Society for International Affairs