Nate Bolin is a noted authority on U.S. export controls, economic sanctions, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and related areas of national security and international trade laws. Nate helps corporations and investors use these laws to strategically grow their businesses and add value to their investments. He is particularly valued by clients in advancing and protecting their interests in these areas before federal agencies, Congress, and U.S. and international trade bodies.

International Transactions and International Trade Compliance

Nate regularly advises clients on successfully navigating the complex CFIUS process and national security issues involving investments and cross-border transactions. Of particular note, Nate has extensive experience in these areas with emerging technologies in the aerospace, defense, oil and gas, medical, transportation, semiconductor, consumer electronics and telecommunications industries.

Nate also advises companies on compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions and U.S. export control laws. He has helped hundreds of companies across various industries to successfully resolve internal and government investigations and compliance issues involving these laws. Owing to his extensive experience in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Nate has been appointed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs to serve on the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group for three consecutive terms, most recently for the 2020-22 session.

Trade Policy and Trade Remedies

In the area of trade policy, Nate has been actively advising clients on the Section 301 investigations of China’s technology transfer policies, the Section 232 actions against imports of steel and aluminum, and the U.S.-Japan, U.S.-India, and U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations. Nate is a registered lobbyist and represents companies before congressional committees and offices on international trade matters.

Nate also appears on behalf of clients in international trade cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has successfully litigated more than 100 cases and appeals involving U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws before these courts and agencies.

Government Experience

Before entering private practice, Nate was an International Trade Specialist at the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, working on trade negotiations and trade agreement enforcement and compliance. He also clerked at the Office of the Legal Advisor at the Department of State, where he worked on regulatory and litigation matters, including investor-state arbitration and proceedings before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Nate frequently writes and speaks to international audiences on current issues related to U.S. export controls, national security, economic sanctions, customs laws, trade agreements and trade remedy laws.

Faculty Positions

  • George Washington University Law School — Professorial Lecturer in Law and Visiting Scholar, 2003-present

Personal Interests

Prior to law school, Nate studied and worked in Japan for several years. He is an avid reader of Japanese history and is fluent in Japanese.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade




George Washington University Law School
J.D. cum laude (2003)

Stanford University
M.A. (1996)

Kalamazoo College
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1994)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Nate is an active contributor to the Faegre Drinker on Data blog, covering issues such as Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews of IT transactions, various export controls on encryption, cloud computing services, and information technologies and the defense industry.

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • U.S. Department of State — Defense Trade Advisory Group, 2016-22
  • District Policy Group — Advisory Board, Member, 2019-present
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