Tamar Jejeia Satterwhite

Attorney Advisor

Tamar Jejeia Satterwhite is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she works on Central Asia programs.  Prior to joining CLDP, Tamar worked in the Global Trade & Policy Practice of a law firm in Washington, D.C., where she focused on import and export controls, Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ruling requests, and other areas of international trade law.

Prior to her law firm experience, Tamar served as an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce advising the International Trade Administration (ITA) on international trade compliance matters related to technical barriers to trade, standards, good regulatory practices, and trade in services. 

Tamar has also served as an Attorney-Fellow in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Office of the General Counsel where she handled a wide range of legal issues related to international trade.  Additionally, Tamar provided legal assistance and technical expertise to the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at USTR working on Russia-related trade enforcement issues.

Tamar received her juris doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in International Studies from Austin College.  Tamar is fluent in Georgian and Russian.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop