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International Law Section

The Dallas Bar Association International Law Section promotes international law and business in the Dallas area and provides educational programs and social opportunities for the development of international lawyers. This section meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.

Please Join the DBA International Law Section for our first CLE of the year, on Tuesday, January 15th at noon at the Belo Mansion. 

For members of the International Law Section, our annual meeting will be held immediately before the CLE event.  The report of the nominating committee is emailed to section members.

At our CLE event, Robert Soza, Jr. with Jackson Walker, LLP, of the San Antonio office will discuss the New CFIUS Rules Now Applying to All Transactions Closing Now.

Summary: Is your client selling assets or interests to a foreign buyer, or do you represent a foreign buyer of U.S. assets or U.S. entities? If so, new mandatory Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) disclosures or notice requirements may apply to your transaction. Transactions involving the transfer of U.S. “Critical Industries” or its technology to foreign parties may be subject to mandatory disclosure requirements.  The new rules took effect on November 10, 2018 and require disclosures to occur 45 days before the transaction is completed.
Further, rules that trigger a mandatory filing have broadened to cover transactions that were previously exempted as “passive or non-controlling investments.” If the transaction involves a Critical Industry or a company that supplies Critical Technology to a Critical Industry, and, upon completion of the transaction: (1) allows a foreign buyer to have access to non-public technology that is considered “critical”; or (2) the foreign buyer sits on the board of directors or has a voice in company decisions -- a mandatory filing may be required.
We anticipate additional guidance from CFIUS in the days to come, but if you are involved in a transaction with a buyer that may potentially be classified as a “foreign buyer” under the new regulations, you need to determine whether these new regulations apply to your transaction.

* This event is approved for 1.0 Hour Texas CLE Credit - free for Dallas Bar Association members and the general public.

We have several other upcoming events, including with strategic partners.

February 19, 2019: CLE Luncheon Noon at the Belo: Jenia I. Turner, Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law, will discuss venues for prosecuting international crimes (beyond the ICC).
February 27, 2019: The State Bar of Texas International Law Section presents a dynamic and informative Nuts and Bolts Seminar & Networking Lunch...
Tools for The New International Practitioner
Topics: - Building an International Law Practice: Best Practices from Law Firms and In-House Counsel. How to Generate Business in International Law. How In-House Lawyers Get Involved in International Law. International Law Topics You Must Know. Immigration Law Panel
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Registration & Lunch)
March 27, 2019: We are partnering with the World Affairs Council to bring you the following event:
Speaker:        Evan Thomas, Journalist, Historian, and Author
Title:             First: Sandra Day O’Connor
Time:            6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Program & Book Signing
Location:     Ursuline Academy of Dallas
                     (4900 Walnut Hill Ln., Dallas, TX 75229)
June 17-18, 2019: Symposium on Global Markets
Nationalism and Protectionism: The United States in the International Arena
The Center for American and International Law, in Plano, Texas
For more information contact Lilly Hogwarth at, or go to the CAILAW website at


Finally, the DBA International Law Section (“DBA ILS”) is entering its 7th year of collaboration with the Dedman School of Law of SMU International Law Society (“DSL ILS”) through the International Law Mentorship Program with SMU Dedman.  This program is one of our highlighted membership benefits. The International Law Mentorship Program with SMU Dedman will host an "open" Social" at Trinity Hall in January.  The exact date is being worked out so keep your eyes open for a notice to that effect.  You do not have to be a Mentor to attend. For more info, please contact Alyssa Krahmer at:

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Section Officers:

Name:  David Ritter
Officer Position: Chair
Firm:  Ritter Spencer PLLC
Firm Address:  15455 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip:  Addison, Texas 75001
Business Phone: (214) 295-5078

Name:  Andrea Almeida
Officer Position:  Vice Chair
Firm:  Horzepa Spiegel & Associates PC
Firm Address:  Horzepa Spiegel & Associates PC
Firm City, State, Zip: Frisco, TX 75033

Name: Eugenia Ponce
Officer Position:  Treasurer
Firm: The Ponce Law Office, P.C.
Firm Address:  3131 McKinney Ave Ste 600
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone:  (972) 863-1446

Name: Patrick Canon
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Bhojani Law, PLLC
Firm Address: 1431 Greenway Dr Ste 155
Firm City, State, Zip:  Irving, TX 75038
Business Phone:  (972) 786-6888

Name: Aisha U-Kiu
Officer Position:  Immediate Past Chair
Firm:  Robert Half Legal
Firm Address:  2001 Ross Ave Ste 3500
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone:  (214) 999-0909

Name: Chalon Clark
Officer Position:  DBA Board Advisor
Firm:  Husch Blackwell LLP
Firm Address: 2001 Ross Ave. Ste 2000
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-999-6100

Section Council:

Name:  Andrea Zanini Almeida
Firm:  Horzepa Spiegel & Associates
Firm Address:  5000 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 150-475
Firm City, State, Zip:  Frisco, TX  75033
Business Phone:  (972) 937-4669

Name:  Michael A. Bloom
Firm:  The Law Offices of Michael A. Bloom
Firm Address:  P.O. Box 802826
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75380
Business Phone:  (972) 934-9500

Name:  J. Richard Gallagher
Firm:  Law Offices of J. Richard Gallagher
Firm Address:  5630 Gaston Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75214
Business Phone:  (214) 320-3320
Cell Phone:  (214) 566-6746

Name:  John B. Holden, Jr.
Firm:  Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Firm Address:  2323 Ross Ave., Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75201
Business Phone:  (214) 953-5961

Name:  Larry B. Pascal
Firm:  Haynes & Boone LLP
Firm Address:  2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75219
Business Phone:  (214) 651-5652

Name:  Florentino A. Ramirez
Firm:  Ramirez & Associates
Firm Address:  8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1280
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75206
Business Phone:  (214) 637-0933

Name:  David Ritter
Firm:  Ritter Spencer PLLC
Firm Address:  15455 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip:  Addison, Texas 75001
Business Phone:  (214) 295-5078

Name:  Thomas W. Slover
Firm:  Owens, Campbell & Aiken, L.L.P.
Firm Address:  700 North Pearl Street, Suite 1600
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75201
Business Phone:  (214) 698-2111

Name:  Webb Spradley
Title:  Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Firm:  Mexichem USA/Dura-Line
Firm Address:  7226 Desco Drive
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75225
Business Phone:  (865) 288-5952
Cell Phone:  (214) 384-5948

Name:  John M. Stephenson
Firm:  Frost Brown Todd LLC
Firm Address:  100 Crescent Court, Suite 350
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75201
Business Phone:  (214) 580-5846

Name:  Christina Tsevoukas
Firm:  Law Office of Christina Tsevoukas
Firm Address:  10000 North Central Expressway, Suite 400
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75231
Business Phone:  (347) 879-5259

Name:  Aisha U-Kiu
Firm:  Robert Half Legal
Firm Address:  2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 3500
Firm City, State, Zip:  Dallas, TX  75201
Business Phone:  (214) 999-0909

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If you are interested in becoming a member of the International Law Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:

Dallas Bar Association
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

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 For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  



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