Nkechi Okwodu is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. Ms. Okwodu primarily advises clients on enforcement, compliance and litigation issues involving the US Customs regulations and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ms. Okwodu has also counseled clients on matters involving the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and export control laws and regulations including the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) and Foreign Trade Regulations.
Ms. Okwodu advises clients across a range of industries. Her investigative experience includes collaborating with forensic auditors, preparing voluntary disclosures to the US Customs and Border Protection and US Department of Commerce, and preparing written submissions and presentations to the US Department of Justice.
In addition to her investigative work, Ms. Okwodu has worked closely with clients in various industries to determine the classification, valuation and duty preference eligibility of their products, and their export reporting obligations. She has also worked with clients to conduct country of origin analyses of their products under the Customs regulations, for purposes of ensuring compliance with the Trade Agreements Act, and has conducted internal control evaluations of clients’ import activity in order to recommend strategies for reducing risk and enhancing import compliance.
Ms. Okwodu is currently a member of Latham’s Pro Bono Committee, and is also a member of the Customs Lawyers Association. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Okwodu was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Beverly J. Woodard of the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland.
- “FTA Duty Refund Claims: Requirements, Limitations, and Practice Tips” (co-author), Thomson Reuters World Trade Executive (October 15, 2013)
- Co-Author, “Foreign Supplier Verification and Voluntary Qualified Importer Programs,” The Food Safety Modernization Act: A Comprehensive, Practical Guide to the Landmark Legislation, Food and Drug Law Institute (2012)