Education
  • LL.M. (International and Comparative Law)
    Georgetown University Law Center
    1991
  • LL.B.
    University of Saskatchewan College of Law
    with distinction
    1981
  • B. Com.
    University of Manitoba
    with honours
    1978

Barbara Linney, a Member in the International Department, has been advising U.S. and foreign clients on international trade and business issues for more than 25 years. Ms. Linney serves clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, maritime, and medical device industries. Her practice involves representing clients before various federal agencies, such as the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Ms. Linney advises clients on a wide range of complex international trade issues, including:

  • export and import controls imposed by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); 
  • export controls and anti-boycott rules imposed by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); 
  • economic sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of State, including the Iran Sanctions Act, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and other sanctions legislation; 
  • foreign investment reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and implementation of related FOCI mitigation measures;
  • defense security requirements imposed by the Defense Security Service (DSS), including facility and personnel clearance requirements and compliance with the National Industrial Security Operating Manual (NISPOM);  
  • compliance with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) requirements for mandatory filing of electronic export information (EEI) through the automated export system (AES); 
  • controls on importation and sale of arms and ammunition administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF);  
  • international economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the European Union, Canada, and the United Kingdom;
  • U.K. and Canadian export control requirements; and
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Anti-Bribery Act, and other anti-corruption legislation.

Ms. Linney is frequently invited to speak on international trade and business issues at national and international conferences. In addition, she is the author of numerous articles on international trade and business issues.

  • Represented private equity firms in connection with due diligence and notice and regulatory approval requirements in domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and financings; joint ventures; and distribution agreements.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in connection with proposed acquisitions under review by CFIUS and related national security issues, including measures designed to mitigate Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI) and negotiation and implementation of Special Security Agreements and Proxy Agreements.
  • Assisted U.S. and foreign clients in obtaining product and technology jurisdiction and classification determinations, licenses and other regulatory approvals, and designing and implementing trade and security compliance programs.
  • Assisted numerous clients with internal investigation of possible violations of international trade and business laws and preparation of voluntary and directed disclosures to DDTC, BIS, OFAC, and other government agencies.
  • Legal 500: Litigation: International Trade, 2013
  • Legal 500: Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2013
  • Executive Committee Award, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc., 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Women in International Trade, Inc., 2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Member and Pro Bono General Counsel, and Past President, Association of Women in International Trade, Inc. (WIIT)
  • Member and Pro Bono General Counsel, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. 
  • Member, Society of International Affairs (SIA) 
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA) 
  • Vice Chair, Membership, National Security Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
  • Vice Chair (elect), Projects. Women's Interest Network (WIN) of the ABA Section of International Law
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association 
  • Member, British-American Business Association 
  • Member, Canadian American Bar Association
  • Member, U.S. Russia Business Council 
  • Member, Steering Committee, Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open 
  • Member, Washington International Trade Association
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of England and Wales
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court