Johanna E. Reeves

Johanna E. Reeves

Johanna E. Reeves is the Founder and Managing Partner at Reeves & Dola, LLP. She is a Washington, DC and New York-licensed attorney with more than 15 years' experience counseling clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters arising under U.S. export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions, the federal firearms laws, including the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act, and the federal explosives laws. Ms. Reeves designs and implements compliance programs, provides compliance training, and designs and leads internal audits to assess compliance in these areas, including due diligence reviews for corporate mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Reeves represents clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters before the federal government, including the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Such matters may include voluntary or directed disclosures, seizures, agency-directed compliance audits, Federal Firearms License warning conferences and revocations. She also provides regulatory compliance counsel to criminal defense attorneys.

On March 26, 2019, Ms. Reeves testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Administration's proposed revisions to the ITAR and the EAR that would transition commercially available firearms and ammunition away from State Department jurisdiction. Since 2016, she has served on the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs' Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), and since 2011, served as Executive Director to the Firearms and Ammunition Export/Import Roundtable.

Select Presentations and Appearances

  • Speaker, "An Introduction to U.S. Economic Sanctions – Compliance Essentials for the Importer and Exporter" at the 18th Annual Firearms Import/Export ("IM/EX") Conference, Jul. 31, 2019.
  • Speaker, "U.S. Export Controls Related to Technology" at the 2019 NDIA Armament Systems Forum, Jun. 3, 2019.
  • U.S. House of Representatives – testified at Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on Administration's proposed revisions to International Traffic in Arms Regulations to remove commercially available firearms and ammunition from U.S. Munitions List and over to Commerce Department jurisdiction (Mar. 26, 2019).
  • Presenter, "The Essentials and Challenges of Exporting Firearms and Ammunition," Export Controls Training Institute (ECTI) Webinar, Jun. 7, 2018.
  • Speaker, "U.S. Export Controls over Technology" at the 2018 NDIA Armament Systems Forum, May 7, 2018.
  • Speaker, "DDTC and DSS Oversight of Unclassified Technical Data," U.S. Department of State Defense Trade Advisory Group Public Session, Washington, DC (Oct. 25, 2018).
  • Panel Speaker, "Assessing the Risks of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty," The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC (Sept. 12, 2013).

Select Publications and Alerts

  • Contributing Author, United States Export Controls, 6th Ed. (2012) and 7th Ed. (updated through Release 6, 2019).
  • Author, regular monthly column, "Legally Armed" in Small Arms Review since 2014. Examples of recent articles:
    • "Is the AR-15 Lower Receiver A Controlled Firearm?" (Vol. 24, No. 2) (Feb. 2020);
    • "ITAR Consent Agreements – If It Wasn't Me, Why Should I Care?" (Vol. 24, No. 1) (Jan. 2020);
    • "Amidst Human Tragedy, the Cries for Gun Control Reach a Fevered Pitch" (Vol. 23, No. 10) (Dec. 2019);
    • "Democrats Continue Efforts to Derail Export Control Reform" (Vol. 23, No.9) (Nov. 2019);
    • "Whatever Happened to ATF's Public Guidance?" (Vol. 23, No. 8) (Oct. 2019);
    • "ATF Issues Final Rule on Bump Stocks" (Vol. 23, No. 7)(Aug./Sept. 2019);
    • "Failed Prosecution Reveals Alarming ATF Practices in Classifying AR-Type Pistols as Short Barrel Rifles" (Vol. 23, No. 6) (Jun./Jul. 2019);
    • "The Intersection of U.S. Anti-Discrimination Laws with Export Controls and Federal Firearms Laws" (two-part series, Vol. 23, Nos. 4 and 5) (Apr. and May 2019);
    • "How U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Concerns Impact International Trade" (Vol. 23, No. 1).
  • Author, Reeves & Dola alerts on regulatory and compliance developments available at

Federal Judicial Clerkship

  • Federal Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Susan K. Gauvey, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1999-2000


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami, 1999
    • University of Miami Law Review, Senior Notes and Comments Editor
  • B.A., with High Honors and Distinction in General Scholarship, Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1992

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