Ronald A. Oleynik, co-head of the International Trade Practice, is a partner practicing in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office in the area of international trade regulation. His experience includes a broad range of industrial security, customs, export control, trade policy and public & private and international trade matters.

Mr. Oleynik has substantial experience in assisting clients in complying with U.S. trade embargoes and economic sanctions programs involving countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Syria. Mr. Oleynik works frequently with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is responsible for implementing, administering and enforcing sanctions regulations that restrict business transactions involving designated countries and their nationals.

In the area of U.S. export control, Mr. Oleynik counsels a broad range of clients on licensing, compliance, and enforcement issues under the export control regimes of the departments of State, Commerce and Treasury.

In the area of industrial security, Mr. Oleynik has been involved in a significant percentage of all foreign investment review proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and is one of the leading practitioners in the area of foreign direct investment in the U.S. defense industry under the U.S. regulations regarding Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI).

Mr. Oleynik has considerable experience in the area of anti-bribery laws. He counsels clients regarding compliance and enforcement issues related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In this regard, he has helped a broad range of companies establish effective programs to address the risks inherent in operating in certain parts of the world and counsels those companies on the wide range of FCPA issues that arise on a daily basis.

He represents a wide array of clients in trade litigation before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission regarding Antidumping and Countervailing Duty investigations and reviews, Section 232 national security investigations, and Section 201 & 301 investigation.

In the area of customs, his experience includes custom classification and valuation, rules of origin, and special duty programs such as GSP, NAFTA, CBI, and CBPTA; as well as trade policy representation before the Executive Branch and Congress regarding the WTO, CBI, CBPTA, FTAA, and other trade multi- and bi-lateral trade negotiations.

Mr. Oleynik is admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law.

Representative Experience


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • The George Washington University, M.A., International Affairs
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • American Society of International Law
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • ABA - International Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, International Trade and Finance Law, 2020-2023
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014, 2017, 2018


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