JOSH BEKER

ASSOCIATE

Josh Beker

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, apparel, consumer electronics, and others.

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

Josh regularly advises exporters on regulatory matters under the various economic sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), as well as compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), antiboycott compliance, and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Josh also routinely handles export license and classification requests before the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). 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

Education

  • 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, 2020-2022
  • Member of the Action Committee – International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • Houston Bar Association – International Law Section