Our Partners

FD Associates team:

  • Jenny Hahn, President: Jenny joined FD Associates in 1992 and is involved in all aspects of export compliance and licensing. As President, Jenny oversees our associates in licensing and compliance requirements for our U.S. and foreign clients and works with our U.S. and foreign clients directly providing training in the ITAR and EAR, helping companies establish their export compliance programs and auditing existing programs. Jenny is well-versed in the ITAR and EAR export requirements for various technologies, including infrared, aerospace, ballistic/armored equipment, firearms/ammunition, missile motors, ISR Platforms, and various weapon systems. Jenny assumed the role of President of FD Associates in 2015. Jenny is available to provide clients (both U.S. and foreign) company-specific, onsite, and on-line export training and to assist in establishing internal company trade compliance programs, including conducting audits of export procedures for compliance with the ITAR, EAR, and FTR and assisting with voluntary disclosures and corrective actions plans. Jenny also provides onsite trade compliance services and assistance to clients in hiring new trade compliance personnel.
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  • Keil Ritterpusch, Senior Compliance Associate: Keil joined FD Associates in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in trade compliance gained from private legal practice and in-house experience with a U.S. prime defense contractor. Keil advises our clients from a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, high technology sectors, software, commercial encryption, and medical, on U.S. export control laws and regulations. Keil supports our U.S. and foreign clients with navigating complex business transactions, merger and acquisition due diligence, export jurisdiction, and classification of U.S. and foreign origin commodities, technology, and software. Keil also leads the company efforts for clients with significant compliance matters requiring voluntary disclosure related to the ITAR, EAR, FTR, and DFARS Cybersecurity reporting. Keil conducts export compliance assessments, export compliance audits, and investigations and aids clients in designing, developing, and implementing tailored export compliance programs. Keil is the FD Associates in-house expert on the filing of Electronic Export Information (“EEI”) in the Automated Export System (“AES”) within the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”).  Keil is also the lead associate for client dealings involving the possible sale of their company to a foreign entity and assists outside legal counsel with the associated export classification work necessary to complete the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) filings. This work has extended beyond export classification analysis to assist with the segregation of subsidiaries or business lines deemed too sensitive for foreign ownership while also supporting the process of purging technical data related to sensitive business lines to achieve CFIUS and DDTC approval for the foreign acquisition.

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  • John Herzo, Senior Associate: As a Whittier Law School graduate, John brings his legal training to his employment at FD Associates. Since 2000, when he joined the company, John has dealt with a wide range of complex export licensing and export compliance requirements on behalf of our clients. The core technologies that John deals with are aerospace, naval, missile, firearms, and ammunition. John has extensive experience in preparing complex export licenses, ITAR agreements, and amendments; preparing complex export jurisdiction and classification documents including self-classifications, Commodity Jurisdictions, and CCATS; retransfer/reexport authorizations, EAR licenses, export compliance plans/manuals including policies and procedures, preparing customs detentions and customs seizures and complex voluntary disclosures for submission to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Census Bureau. John assists clients with audits and training in the ITAR and EAR. John is also well versed in the requirements of the Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations and provides expert guidance to client companies in obtaining permits and other requirements of these regulations, including the filing of voluntary disclosures related to the ATF regulations.
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  • Paul Croarkin, Senior Associate: Paul joined FD Associates in 2003 after working at Howmet Corporation, an Arconic company, where he was Manager of Export Control. Paul has significant experience with gas turbine technologies for aerospace, ground, and marine platforms. Paul also assists clients with other technologies, including military, marine platforms, military electronics, and commercial encryption products and technology. Paul conducts jurisdiction and classification analysis and licensing under the ITAR and EAR. Paul also assists with voluntary disclosures and trade compliance audits.
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  • Odyssey E. Gray, III, Senior Licensing Associate: Odyssey joined FD Associates in 2011 from a law firm where he received his introduction to export compliance. Since joining the company, Odyssey assists clients with a wide range of export matters, including export licensing and retransfers and reexport licensing under the jurisdiction of the Department of State and Department of Commerce, ITAR agreements and amendments, ITAR Commodity Jurisdiction requests, and EAR Classification requests, Odyssey is our in-house guru on the DECCS portal at the Department of State. Odyssey has aided many clients to navigate the complexity of the ITAR and EAR in connection with their export transactions impacted by the Export Control Reform process, which created export classification and licensing issues. Odyssey also prepares voluntary disclosures with the agencies and provides one on one training to clients. 
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  • Grace E. Welborn, ESQ, Junior Associate: Grace joined FD Associates in 2019. Previously, Grace worked for the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel labor and employment law division at Military Sealift Command. At FD Associates, Grace primarily assists clients with ITAR registration requirements for the Department of State made via DECCS, including registration renewals, registration amendments, and requirements accompanying mergers & acquisitions.
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  • Carlos Bentancor, Junior Associate: Carlos is the newest member of the FD Associates team, joining in April 2020. Carlos previously worked as a paralegal, where he helped manage hundreds of cases, assisting the attorneys directly in legal research and drafting legal documents and correspondence. Here at FD Associates, Carlos assists clients in preparing licensing under the jurisdiction of the Department of State and Department of Commerce as well as registration requirements with the Department of State.
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Our Partners 

David Hayes Export Controls 

U.K Export Controls & Sanctions

FD Associates has partnered with David Hayes – Export Controls to offer clients a resource to an expert in U.K. export control laws. David’s expertise extends to a wide variety of industrial sectors, covering both dual-use and military products, specialist support, and expert evidence to law firms in areas including M&A due diligence, criminal investigations, and extradition.

David Hayes – Export Controls- founded in the United Kingdom in 2007, specializes in U.K. export controls and sanctions. After a career as an Intelligence Officer with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, David began his export control and sanctions work with the UK Government Export Control Organization before moving in the late 1990s to industry and working with UK Fortune 500 and Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 companies as the Head of Compliance. David’s credentials include being the founding chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence in the UK, author of articles for the U.S. export publication, the Export Practitioner, member of the International Trade Compliance Advisory Board in the UK, and guest speaker at the Masters in International Trade Compliance for the University of Liverpool Management School, to name just a few.

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DFARS Cybersecurity & CMMC Compliance

FD Associates has partnered with CyberNINES to offer clients a resource that can evaluate their companies' network infrastructure security practices and protection and adherence to the practices enumerated in the DFARS Cybersecurity clauses and the NIST 800-171 standard. 

CyberNINES is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business focused on cybersecurity services that provide high-value and affordable CMMC & NIST SP 800-171 assessments, audits, and compliance management to small and medium-size businesses within the DOD Supply Chain. Our solutions include Government Cloud solutions for Controlled Unclassified Information (ITAR and 600 Series) to meet DFAR 252.204-7012, 7019, and 7020 regulations and virtual CISO services to limit cybersecurity security risk posture of suppliers and primes.

CyberNINES Areas of Service as it pertains to DOD Primes

  • CMMC Pre-Assessment Readiness Reviews for Level 1 and Level 3
  • DFARS 252.204-7012, 7019 and 7020 compliance assessments
  • NIST SP 800-171 compliance assessments 
  • Managed Cybersecurity Compliance Provider (MCCP)