Bruce H. Leeds, Senior of Counsel


Bruce Leeds advises clients on various matters associated with export and import compliance, including export controls, customs duties, embargoes and sanctions, penalties and internal controls.  He has many years of experience in this field that he uses to assist clients in their exporting and importing activities.

Career Highlights

Bruce started his career as an Import Specialist with U.S. Customs Service at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach.  He was subsequently promoted to Import Specialist Team Leader with U.S. Customs at LAX, specializing in imports of watches, semiconductors and electronic components.  He then moved to private industry as the Corporate Import Manager for Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, CA.  Later he assumed the position of Manager of Export Import Operations at Hughes.  While in this position he was involved in several interesting and challenging activities, including a Drawback program, developing a self-brokerage program, initiating NAFTA compliance, and exporting communications and meteorological satellites to foreign launch sites, including Japan, French Guiana and Kazakhstan.

After the breakup of Hughes Aircraft, Bruce moved to Hughes Space & Communications Company, where he was an Empowered Official and involved in both export and import compliance matters. Hughes Space & Communications was acquired by the Boeing Company and Bruce moved into the corporate Global Trade Controls function at Boeing, handling import and export compliance matters.  He also assisted with customs broker selection and surveillance, the C-TPAT Program and export/import training.

On retirement from Boeing Bruce joined the Braumiller Law Group, where he is of Counsel to the firm.


During his career Bruce has held many leadership positions.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the Foreign Trade Association for more than 20 years and is past President of that organization.  He also served on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

Bruce has enjoyed some significant assignments in his career. One was appointment to the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee to U.S. Customs & Border Protection.  He served 4 years on the committee – the last 2 as the trade Chair.  Another assignment was to represent The Boeing Company on the Private Sector Consultative Group to the World Customs Organization in Brussels.

He has also served as President of the Export Managers Association of California and Women in International Trade – Los Angeles

Bruce has taught Customs compliance and export control classes and webinars for the Foreign Trade Association for more than 35 years.



Bruce is a graduate of California State University Los Angeles and the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.  He holds a customs broker license and a Certified Customs Specialist credential.

Bruce is also a U.S. Army veteran.


Recent Speaking engagements

International Compliance Processionals Association

Understanding Export Licensing (Miami March 2017 and San Diego March 2018)

Foreign Trade Association

Customs Compliance for Importer Personnel – July 2017 and July 2018

Schedule B Classification (webinar) – March 2018

Finding and Using an Export Control Classification Number (webinar) – Nov. 2018

National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America

Office of Foreign Assets Control and Other Scary Stuff – Dallas, July 2018

Partnering for Compliance

US Customs & Border Protection Update (with Adrienne Braumiller) – March and October 2017 and 2018

Import 101 Class (with Adrienne Braumiller) – March and October 2017 and 2018

California Bar Association Annual Meeting

Global Trade Compliance – San Diego, July 2016