Luis F. Arandia, Jr. is an Associate Attorney at Givens & Johnston, PLLC. Luis focuses his practice on U.S. Customs laws and export controls, representing importers and exporters before several government agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Transportation, and other agencies regulating international trade.

On the import side, Luis has represented and counseled clients on matters including free trade agreements such as the NAFTA, Korea-U.S. FTA, & CAFTA-DR, intellectual property-related Customs issues (trademarks), protests, 1592 penalties, customs seizures, currency seizures, country of origin verifications, prior disclosures, valuation, and HTS classification of goods. Luis has appeared before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on cases surrounding tariff classification of merchandise.

On trade remedies, Luis has advised clients on antidumping and countervailing duty orders, Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and submitted Section 301 tariff exclusion requests for Chinese commodities.

On exports, Luis assists clients in navigating the U.S. export control laws under the Department of Commerce, Department of State, and Office of Foreign Assets Control. This representation includes issuing Visa I-129 deemed export control reviews, researching country sanctions and embargoes (Ukraine/Russia, Venezuela, and Iran), assisting with license applications under the ITAR and EAR and ECCN classification of products and technology.

In addition to his trade work, Luis has experience in foreign air carrier regulation with the DOT, FAA, CBP, and Department of Agriculture as well as False Claims Act cases for Customs fraud.

Luis is admitted to practice law in Texas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas.

Publications & Speaking

  • Luis Arandia, et al., Customs Law, 50 ABA/SILYIR 5 (2016)
  • Luis Arandia, et al., Customs Law, 52 ABA/SILYIR 5 (2018)
  • State Bar of Texas- International Law, Speaker, “NAFTA at 25: The Past, Present, and Future,” April 2018
  • Houston Customshouse Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, Speaker, “Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Process, Scopes, & Updates,” May 2018

Bar & Court Association

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws (LL.M.)-International Business & Economic Law, with distinction, 2012
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2011
  • Rice University, B.A., 2006

Professional & Civic Association

  • State Bar of Texas – International Law Section, Council Member
  • Houston Bar Association – International Law Section
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • American Bar Association – Section of International Law: Customs, Export Controls, International Trade Committees