Olga Torres is the Founder and Managing Member of Torres Law, an International Trade and National Security Law Firm. Ms. Torres handles notable international trade matters for numerous companies worldwide and specializes in the areas of U.S. customs, exports, economic sanctions, anti-corruption compliance, and industrial security matters.
In the area of customs, Ms. Torres advises clients on import compliance matters, including customs rulings, classification, country of origin, special duty programs such as free trade agreements, focused assessments, C-TPAT, and seizures of goods by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also assists with antidumping/countervailing duty matters before the Import Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In the area of U.S. export control, Ms. Torres counsels clients on compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the various embargo and sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). She regularly represents clients before the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Due to her experience and qualifications, Ms. Torres has been selected for recognition in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs – a guide to the world’s leading trade and customs lawyers, economists and anti-dumping consultants. Chambers and Partners USA also listed Ms. Torres as a Recognized Practitioner in the areas of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions law in 2017 and 2018. She was rated for four consecutive years as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for Thompson Reuter’s “Super Lawyers” publication. In 2018, Ms. Torres was awarded the Global Attorney of the Year by the Dallas Global Chamber. In 2019, Ms. Torres was a finalist to the Women in Compliance Awards held in London, United Kingdom under the category Lawyer of the Year.
As a recognized leader in trade law, Ms. Torres was recently reappointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). In this capacity, she advises the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which is the U.S. Department of State’s principal link to the Department of Defense, on its regulation of defense trade in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing regulations under the ITAR.
Ms. Torres is a frequent speaker and moderator. She has lectured on international trade for organizations, universities and government agencies in different countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, and Canada.
She was previously an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Torres is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., the State of Texas, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.