John R. Black has been involved in US export and
trade control matters since 1984. He advises a wide range of US and
foreign companies, ranging in size from Fortune 10 to small companies
in nearly every industrial sector. He also serves as an expert export
control adviser to several major US law firms and their clients, and
has advised several foreign governments on US export control matters.
Within the export compliance field, he has earned a reputation as one
of the leading experts on US export and trade controls.
From 1984 through 1988 he worked for the Bureau of
Export Administration, where he was responsible for writing the Export
Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreting the EAR for
government and industry. From 1988 to the present, Mr. Black has been
an export/trade control compliance consultant.
Mr. Black has developed a comprehensive knowledge
of the Export Administration Regulations (including the antiboycott
provisions), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and the
trade control regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Accepts
Control. He uses his depth of expertise in multiple US trade control
regulations to help his clients ensure they comply with the entire
scope of US trade controls.
Mr. Black has advised major US exporters on export
control internal compliance policies, processes, and procedures. He has
also conducted many export control compliance audits for his clients
and worked with them to implement remedial measures to address
deficiencies found in the audits. Mr. Black has worked with companies
involved in export enforcement actions and has helped them to develop
comprehensive remedial compliance policies, processes, and procedures
which have successfully mitigated the penalties imposed for their
Mr. Black's comprehensive knowledge of US
regulations and his understanding of practical business requirements
enable him to develop targeted in-house training programs for US and
foreign companies. He has been a featured speaker at well over 100
conferences and seminars on US export controls throughout the United
States, Europe, and Asia. He has also written numerous articles for
various legal and export publications regarding US export/trade
controls and has written several books on the subject.
M. Gearity, Consultant
Scott M. Gearity is a consultant with John Black
& Associates. Scott joins JBA from Microsoft Corporation, where
he held a variety of international trade compliance roles. Most
recently, Mr. Gearity was based in Dublin, Ireland where he served as
Microsoft’s export compliance manager with overall responsibility for
Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr.
Gearity was a consultant at two boutique Washington-based export
control consulting firms, MK Technology and Export Strategies, LLC.
Mr. Gearity’s clients have ranged in size from
small start-ups to some of the world's largest companies, in industries
including software, computer hardware, telecommunications, aerospace,
and energy. Mr. Gearity is practiced in designing and implementing
compliance programs, integrating controls into enterprise resource
planning systems, conducting audits, and seeking export authorizations
from government agencies. In addition to a broad knowledge of US export
controls, Mr. Gearity is also well-versed in the European Union system,
as well as the challenges facing multinational companies operating
under the complex, overlapping, and sometimes contradictory regulations
of various countries.
Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
international studies and economics from American University. He is
also a licensed US customs broker.