Lawrence W. Hanson has worked with three of the nation’s prominent law firms specializing in international trade and import and export regulations. For each of these law firms, Mr. Hanson was the attorney in residence in charge of their Houston, Texas office until he opened his own practice assisting clients in the handling of penalty and liquidated damage claims, the detention, seizure and forfeiture of merchandise and audits, civil and criminal investigations, and similar actions taken by Customs and other governmental agencies that regulate imports and exports. Mr. Hanson also assists in licensing, permit and registration requirements before various governmental agencies including BIS, OFAC, DDTC, and others. Mr. Hanson conducts privileged internal compliance reviews for importers, exporters, and other international trade participants. He offers his experience and judgment toward the development of international trade related compliance programs designed to prevent unwanted entanglements with the governmental agencies that regulate international trade.
Prior to that, Mr. Hanson served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Customs Service, now U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As in-house counsel for Customs, Mr. Hanson provided legal advice to Customs personnel including Port Directors and other Customs officials, Import Specialists, Inspectors, Special Agents, and Officers. Mr. Hanson was involved in the handling of civil and criminal investigations, audits, and other administrative actions and was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney representing Customs in U.S. Federal District Court. Finally, Mr. Hanson conducted internal training programs for Customs personnel including the Customs Law Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.