Ashley W. Craig

Ashley Craig is the co-chair of Venable’s International Trade Group and maintains a diverse practice advising clients on a host of domestic and international legislative, regulatory and policy matters. He counsels both U.S. and foreign interests on transactional matters, cross-border regulatory and policy concerns and advises clients on the new and emerging importance of homeland and transportation security initiatives. Mr. Craig regularly appears before Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees with oversight of foreign policy, transportation and economic regulation.

Mr. Craig also represents clients before foreign governments and international organizations, such as the European Commission, UK parliament and ministries, numerous ministries and offices of the People's Republic of China, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Customs Organization and the International Air Transport Association.

Mr. Craig works closely with data and information providers, particularly in the areas of international trade and transport to advance their interests. He represents data and content companies before Congress, federal agencies (such as the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and Commerce), private-sector trade associations, and before the EU/EC.

Some of Mr. Craig's more recent homeland and transportation security legislative experience includes the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 and the Trade Act of 2002.

Mr. Craig's understanding of the regulatory, legislative and commercial issues affecting international concerns (such as transport and logistics) translates into practical solutions for those involved with global commerce and trade. Moreover, Mr. Craig's familiarity with the various regulatory agencies that oversee trade, transportation, and homeland security issues ensures clients receive timely advice on issues of importance.

Significant Matters
Following the 2001 terrorist attacks, Mr. Craig served as a private sector advisor on the development of U.S. transportation security recommendations to the National Infrastructure Security Committee (a "working group" that reported to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation). He also routinely advises clients on the complex regulatory landscape governing U.S. export controls, as well as the requirements governing defense articles used in support of U.S. and foreign military operations.

Mr. Craig holds a number of leadership positions in the community, including President of the Propeller Club of Washington, D.C., Secretary of the History of Containerization Foundation, and Board Member of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute. He is also a member of the Defense, Transportation and Security Committee of the British American Business Council.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Legislative and Government Affairs, 2) International Trade and Customs, 3) Homeland Security, 4) Privacy and Data Security, 5) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption and 6) Regulatory
Law School The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law ( J.D., 2000)
Admitted Year 2002
Education American University (B.A., 1992)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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