Christos Linardakis, Of Counsel

Career Highlights

Christos Linardakis is an attorney in our Chicago office. He has held positions as Associate General Counsel, Compliance, Trade Regulatory Counsel, Global Trade Compliance, and Sr. ITAR Empowered Official for Fortune 500 & 100 companies, along with private companies. During his career, he has established corporate compliance programs for U.S., E.U. and Asian trade laws, as well as International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) compliance programs, manufacturing licensing & technical assistance agreements (MLA/TAA), FCPA/ABAC programs, Foreign Military Sales, and has handled investigations/ subpoenas/ disclosures involving nearly all U.S. government agencies including in China and the E.U. He’s a frequent speaker for both private and government associations.


Mr. Linardakis has held various positions for small-to-medium Export Trading Companies, both for domestic and foreign subsidiaries. He has provided key legal and business advice to clients in international market penetration, foreign investments, Customs, Export Administration regulations, International Traffic and Arms Regulations, Foreign Military Sales, Trade Compliance Programs, enforcement actions and disclosures, and more. Mr. Linardakis is fluent in Greek and proficient in French, and has traveled extensively for international companies throughout the world.


Mr. Linardakis holds a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in International Trade Law & International Corporate Law, from the John Marshall Law School, along with certifications from the Harvard Business School & Schulich Business School/York University, in Canada. In addition, he has Masters of Theology from St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, with a concentration in Canon law. He has also been an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School LLM Program, teaching “Law and Practice in Trade Compliance”.

He is an Advisory Board Member for A.C.E.S, in partnership with the School of Public Affairs at American University Washington School of Law, on ABAC, Sanctions & Export Controls, as well as an Export Compliance Committee member with the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI). He has received numerous awards from various SBA offices, including Chicago, for promoting export growth opportunities for Illinois based companies.

Publications & Engagements, Feb. 2020

American Conference Institute, Anti-Corruption Compliance for High Risk Markets, July 2019

Articles written ( include:

  • Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Technology Control Plans;
  • Today’s Supply Chain: Complexities and Challenges
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Evolving compliance with evolving Russian Sanctions
  • How to expand your global exports
  • And more

How to Ensure Global Trade Compliance, interview by Supply Chain Brain, Sept. 2014 (

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