Josh Beker started with Givens & Johnston in 2016 as a Law Clerk and has been an attorney with the firm since being admitted to the Texas Bar in 2018. During his time at Givens & Johnston, Josh has helped represent clients at all levels of industry – from the advise and planning stage, to litigation matters before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Through his practice, Josh has assisted clients across a wide array of industries including: construction, oil and gas, heavy machinery, maritime, electronics, and others.

Josh advises importers on tariff classification issues, Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty (ADD/CVD) investigations, navigating Trade Remedy Actions including both Section 232 and Section 301 Actions, having secured millions of dollars worth of exclusions for his clients, obtaining scope ruling requests in front of the International Trade Administration (ITA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) analysis, and drafting compliance programs for importers.

Josh regularly advises exporters on regulatory matters under the various economic sanctions programs, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), as well as in matters before the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, Josh counsels clients by drafting compliance programs for exporters.

Along with his representation of corporate clients, Josh regularly assists individuals recover currency improperly seized by U.S. Customs or other law enforcement agencies at U.S. ports.

In his spare time, Josh maintains a strong academic interest in National Security and International Humanitarian Law, having helped author multiple journal articles, book chapters, and continues to coach Mock Trial Teams competing in international competitions.

Selected Publications

Bar & Court Association

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


  • South Texas College of Law – Houston, J.D., 2018
  • University of Houston, B.S., 2013, magna cum laude

Professional & Civic Association

  • Council Member – International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2020
  • Member of the Action Committee – International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • Houston Bar Association – International Law Section