Alfredo G. Fernández, Associate
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Alfredo Fernandez focuses his practice on International Trade Compliance and Enforcement Issues. He counsels and represents clients on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other related U.S. laws, regulations and policies affecting international trade and business, including economic sanctions programs, multilateral trade agreements, anti-bribery programs, customs laws, and anti-boycott regulations.

As a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, Alfredo’s practice also involves regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence with respect to a wide range of federal, state and international environmental, health and safety laws. For example, Alfredo regularly counsels clients regarding new and existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), biocides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), “Superfund” liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), chemical crises under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and workplace safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Edward Heath, Partner
Robinson + Cole LLP

Ed routinely advises institutional clients in connection with civil and criminal government investigations and enforcement activities, including with respect to issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. This work has involved federal agencies such as the United States Attorney’s Office, the Office of Special Counsel, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as various state attorneys general and other administrative agencies.

As a result of this experience, Ed is often called upon to conduct internal investigations for companies and organizations, domestically and in Europe and Asia, and to provide guidance on matters of corporate compliance and litigation risk.

His clients have included technology companies; manufacturers; financial institutions and financial services firms; health care entities; educational, charitable, and religious organizations; professional associations, such as law and accounting firms; municipalities; judges; and media personalities.

José Abrantes, Senior Manager for Global Trade Compliance

OFS Fitel, LLC

José Abrantes is the Senior Manager for Global Trade Compliance at OFS Fitel, LLC.  As such, he is responsible for OFS’s Global Trade Compliance program.  In this capacity he oversees the company 6 US locations, and 5 worldwide manufacturing sites in China, Denmark, Germany, Morocco, and Russia.  OFS is part of the Furukawa Electric Company, and part of his responsibilities is to coordinate, discuss global compliance strategies.

He assumed this position on January 1, 2011.  José has implemented an export and import compliance program, with emphasis on training and awareness, technology controls, customer screening, record keeping, as well as customs programs such as dutydrawback, product classification reviews.  José is also a member of the Connecticut District Export Council.

Prior to OFS, José worked for PerkinElmer for 6 years as the Global & Regional Export Compliance Program Manager focusing on export regulations, training and awareness, internal control plan, project management, import/export operations, SAP and GTS ERP Systems.  José also worked for 5 years as the Import/Export Coordinator Administrator for Canberra Industries, Inc. a nuclear detection company that is part of the Areva Group.  José is a graduate of Brigham Young University.


Tahlia Townsend, Partner
Wiggin and Dana

A graduate of the Yale Law School, former federal law clerk, and co-chair of 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.

Sydney E. Parkmond, Associate
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Sydney Parkmond is an associate in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Group. She has experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, drafting International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) agreements and Export Administration Regulation (EAR) licenses for submission to the U.S. Government and managing export authorizations through the application and activation process.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Sydney worked as an International Compliance Export Authorization Specialist for a major aerospace manufacturer. While in law school, she served in various intern roles, including in Global Supply Chain Strategic Contracts. She also worked as an intern at a specialty law firm in Connecticut. https://www.shipmangoodwin.com/sparkmond