May 8-10, 2017 • Westin Arlington Gateway • Arlington, VA


Speaker and Agency List


ATF Speakers

  • Marvin Richardson, Assistant Director, ATF
  • Curtis Gilbert, Deputy Assistant Director, ATF
  • Andy Graham, Deputy Assistant Director, ATF
  • Alphonso Hughes, Chief, National Firearms Act Division, ATF
  • Tom Chittum, Chief, Special Operations Division, ATF

ATF Industry Technical Advisor and Division Chiefs

  • John Badowski, Firearms Industry Technical Advisor, ATF
  • Krissy Carlson, Division Chief, Firearms and Explosives Industry Division, ATF
  • Gary Taylor, Deputy Chief, Firearms and Explosives Services Division, ATF
  • Earl Griffith, Division Chief, Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division, ATF
  • Andrew Lange, Division Chief, Office of Regulatory Affairs, ATF

United States Senate


Former DDTC


  • Larry Keane, SVP Government & Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel, NSSF
  • Bill Napier, NSSF Store Security Consultant

Orchid Advisors

  • Jon Rydberg, CEO, Orchid Advisors
  • Michelle Ingram, CFO & Executive Director, Orchid Advisors Data Analytics
  • Jeff Grody, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Export Practice
  • Jim Drager, Executive Director and Principal, Strategy & Operations Practice
  • Alexis Tunell, Operations Executive, Orchid Advisors
  • Travis Glover, Executive Director, Retail / Distribution Practice, Orchid Advisors, & ASA Board Member
  • Phil Milks, Executive Director, Orchid Advisors, Manufacturing Practice
  • Jordan Young, Export Services Manager, Orchid Advisors


Non-ATF Speaker Bios and Photos

United States Senate

Luther Strange
Senator (R-Alabama)
United States Senate

Senator Luther Strange, III, from Alabama was born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 1, 1953. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1975 and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in 1979. Senator Strange was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1981, and engaged in the practice of law in Birmingham. He served as Attorney General for the State of Alabama 2011-2017 until he was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jefferson Sessions, and took the oath of office on February 9, 2017.


Former DDTC

Candace M.J. Goforth
Managing Director
Goforth Trade Advisors, LLC
Candace Goforth is the Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors where she provides clients with strategic and practical day-to-day solutions involving defense trade and export controls.  She is a subject matter expert on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Prior to her current position, Candace served over thirteen years in the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) leaving as the Director for Policy. As Director, she oversaw the Department of State’s implementation of the Export Control Reform initiative and was intimately involved in the revision of the control lists. Candace was also a key player in the drafting of the definition of specially designed.

In addition to being Director, Candace held numerous positions in DDTC to include Licensing Officer, Senior Agreements Officer, Commodity Jurisdiction Analyst, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer and Compliance Specialist. Candace was also the Division Chief for Training, and was charged with the training of all new Licensing and Agreements Officers.

Candace received her Master’s of Arts in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University.



Lawrence Keane
SVP Government & Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel
Lawrence G. Keane, Esq. is Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary, and General Counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (NSSF), the firearms industry’s trade association. He is responsible for all of NSSF’s legal, government relations and risk management functions. He assisted in drafting the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Public Law No. 109-92) and the so-called “Tiahrt Amendment”. He serves as the firearms industry’s chief spokesperson for all legal, legislative and regulatory matters. He was named a 2014 Top Lobbyist by CEO Update for his handling of the flood of legislative proposals in the aftermath of the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut, noting that “in his many media appearances he has been a calm, reasonable voice for an industry often caught in a passionate debate.”

He has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of NSSF filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in the landmark Second Amendment cases of District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008), portions of NSSF’s brief were quoted in Court’s opinion, and in NRA v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago. Mr. Keane also serves as general counsel and corporate secretary to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), the technical trade association of leading United States firearms, ammunition, and propellant manufacturers that sets voluntary firearms and ammunition safety standards. In addition to serving as an officer of SAAMI, Mr. Keane currently is the chairman of SAAMI’s committee on legal and legislative affairs.

Mr. Keane serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, an organization that works closely with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. He is corporate secretary for Project ChildSafe Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established to support NSSF’s premiere safety education program Project ChildSafe. Mr. Keane additionally is an alternate member of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, an official advisory group established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs appointed Mr. Keane to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), which advises the State Department on the regulation of defense trade to help ensure that impediments to legitimate exports are reduced while the foreign policy and national security interests of the U.S. continue to be protected and advanced in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act. He served as a member of DTAG between 2008 and 2014.

Prior to joining NSSF, he was a partner in the White Plains, NY law firm of Pino & Associates, LLP where he represented a number of domestic and foreign firearms manufacturers in product liability cases. Mr. Keane successfully represented Beretta U.S.A. Corp. in the landmark cases of Hamilton v. Accu-Tek, et al. and Dix v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp. Before joining Pino & Associates, LLP, Mr. Keane was an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County, NY District Attorney’s Office. During his career as ADA, he investigated and prosecuted violent criminals. He was also assigned to the Economic Crime Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted complex white collar and organized criminal cases. Mr. Keane obtained a B.A. in Economics and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University. Mr. Keane is rated A.V. by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Keane is a member in good standing of the bars of the State of Connecticut and New York, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bill Napier
Store Security Consultant
Bill has over thirty years’ experience in retail loss prevention passionately serving others in leadership roles such as site manager, corporate manager and director. Businesses have included small and growing retail chains as well as a Fortune 1000 company. For over 18 of those years Bill has been in the retail outdoor arena with responsibility for ATF compliance and firearms related investigations. Bill is a guest speaker at groups such as National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show, National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Technology (RETECH), ASIS International and The Loss Prevention Foundation.

Bill has appeared in various retail related magazine interviews and articles on such topics as emerging security technology, return fraud, physical security and leadership. Bill served over twenty years in municipal law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer, detective and supervisor where he specialized in impaired driving enforcement with the drug recognition expert program. In addition Bill was a state certified law enforcement instructor. Bill volunteers as a Hunter Education instructor in Nebraska, serves on the ASIS Retail Loss Prevention Council and is a member of the Subject Matter Expert Committee. Bill is also on the board of directors for The Loss Prevention Foundation.


Orchid Advisors

Jon Rydberg
Orchid Advisors, LLC
Jon is the Founder and CEO of Orchid Advisors and was recently ranked as an Axial Top 100 Growth CEO. He has over 20 years of experience as a global consulting and firearms industry executive providing CEO-level advice to federally regulated manufacturers, distributors / wholesalers and retailers. He is one of the best-known resources in the U.S. for transforming ATF compliance and has led pre-and-post ATF inspection turnarounds at the industry’s largest Federal Firearms Licensees. Jon is often hired to build the process and systems infrastructure that integrate the financial and operational business objectives of an FFL with their Serial Number Management, NFA, Import and electronic A&D activities. He has been called upon by ATF HQ, NSSF and NASGW to deliver expert-level knowledge on ATF compliance and industry operations. Jon is also a five-time ATF compliance author, regularly involved with industry M&A activities and the designer of the largest ERP and electronic Bound Book (A&D book) software platforms. He was previously employed as an executive at Ernst & Young LLP, Protiviti, United Technologies and Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation.
Michelle Ingram
CFO & Executive Director, Business Analytics
Orchid Advisors, LLC
Michelle has over 15 years of experience dedicated to expert-level business and data analytics and is focused on digital ATF mock inspections. She is the country’s foremost expert at performing software-driven ATF compliance and electronic A&D / Bound Book evaluations for Federal Firearms Licensees, nearing almost 30,000,000 transactions to-date. Her FFL diagnostics include the regulations, processes and systems which drive firearm manufacturing (including NFA), firearm engineering and product master data, customer and vendor FFL master data, firearm transfers (via shipping and receiving), firearm loans (per 2010-1) and import / export transactions including the ATF Form 6 / 6a. Michelle’s assessments have also included major firearm operating systems such as Epicor, SAP, Oracle and many others.
Jeff Grody
Executive Director, Export/ITAR
Orchid Advisors, LLC
An attorney by training, Jeff leads the Orchid Advisors Export Practice, which shows companies in the firearms and ammunition industry how to sell and manufacture products in the global marketplace and implement practical and effective export compliance programs. The Orchid Export practice provides full compliance, licensing and commercial support for companies that are new to selling firearms, ammunition or parts internationally. Jeff is also an expert strategist in the use of ITAR licenses, Manufacturing License Agreements and Technical Assistance Agreements to authorize manufacturing of firearm components and tools outside the U.S. and to enable multinational companies to operate as an integrated unit consistent with ITAR restrictions on the export of technical data and defense services. Jeff uses Orchid Advisors proprietary firearm-industry standard operating procedures and forms to assist clients in creating, implementing and monitoring export compliance programs.
Jim Drager
Executive Director and Principal, Strategy & Operations Practice Orchid Advisors, LLC
Mr. Drager is the Executive Director of Orchid’s Strategy & Operations practice. A former Chief Operating Officer with over 30 years of experience of deep business strategy and operations experience. Hired by public and provide owners to provide leadership and support of high-profile turnarounds, pre-IPOs or other planned exit strategies. Recognized within the Firearms Industry (and beyond) for providing award-winning, world-class Sales & Operations Management driving 1,000%+ increase in production and 35% cost reductions.
Alexis Tunell Operations Executive Orchid Advisors, LLC
Alexis Tunell led the federal ATF and state firearms compliance function for EZCORP, Inc., the nation’s second largest and publicly traded pawn lender with over 700 retail locations across North America, including more than 350 FFLs. She has an extensive background in retail firearm operations, retail store security, retail Point of Sales and electronic 4473 / A&D book development. She is recognized nationally by regulatory agencies and was an NSSF-chosen speaker at the 2017 SHOT Show University.
Travis Glover
Executive Director, Retail, Distribution & Pawn
Orchid Advisors, LLC
Travis brings more than 22 years’ experience as a Firearms Industry Leader to Orchid Advisors, having held sales and management position at major U.S. firearms industry wholesalers and retailers, including AcuSport, Cabela’s and Lipsey’s, among others and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Suppressor Association. He has an extensive background of developing, implementing and sustaining industry leading, best in class, compliance programs focused on establishing upstream standard operating procedures that drive employee effectiveness through streamlined efficient practices producing critically important downstream compliance with positive bottom line impact to the business’s financial health.
Philip Milks
Executive Director, Managed ATF Services
Orchid Advisors, LLC
Philip Milks is an attorney and was formerly employed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Remington Outdoor Company (ROC). While at Remington, Phil served his executive peers as the leader of ROC’s corporate compliance function which included ATF, Import, and Export (ITAR and EAR). Phil played a key role in advising ROC and its subcontract manufacturers in the development of ammunition, suppressors, polymer pistols, modern sporting rifles, and imported shotguns. Phil gained relevant legal and regulatory experience facilitating the acquisition of manufacturing entities, the move of major manufacturing facilities to the southern United States and implementing SAP as a leading ERP system. Phil had numerous professional interactions with national and local ATF leadership and responded to a multitude of high volume serial number ATF inspections.
Jordan Young
Export Services Manager
Orchid Advisors, LLC
Jordan Young brings more than 16 years’ experience as a firearms industry executive to Orchid Advisors, having held management positions at major U.S. and international firearm manufacturers and importers, including Remington Arms Company, Para-Ordnance and Dasan U.S.A., among others. He has an extensive background in firearms and ammunition import and export permitting and licensing, international trade logistics and international business development and commercial activity. With a strong understanding of firearms manufacturing, assembly and import / export activity, Jordan has integrated regulatory solutions into daily business operations to help firearms companies operate more efficiently and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.



Jill Montgomery
Supervisory NICS Liaison Specialist
FBI NICS Section
Jill began her career with the FBI in December, 1995. She joined the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section in 1999. She has served on the NICS Quality Assurance team, as an Analyst to the NICS Section Chief, State Liaison and as Supervisor of the State Support Team. She currently serves as the Supervisor of the NICS Business Relations Team. This team is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with all customer segments of the NICS. Jill lives in Fairmont, West Virginia with her husband Jeff and her two children, Ryan and Leah.



Karri Allen
Safariland, LLC
Karri Allen is in-house counsel for The Safariland Group, a diversified global manufacturer and seller of products for the military, law enforcement, and safety markets. She advises on firearms compliance and international trade compliance including oversight of compliance programs in both areas.

Starting in 2015, The Safariland Group acquired several retail locations that sell firearms. As a result, Karri’s role has expanded to creating an integrated retail firearms compliance program addressing federal and state requirements in multiple jurisdictions.  Karri graduated from the University of Miami with a B.B.A. in International Finance and Marketing. She obtained her law degree from the Catholic University of America and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Florida.

Michael Andersen
Senior Compliance Manager & Empowered Official
Brownells, Inc.
Michael is the Senior Compliance Manager and Empowered Official at Brownells, Inc. where he oversees all compliance activities and leads focused teams in the areas of Export Compliance, BATF Compliance, and Chemical Compliance for 5 locations in the United States, 12 locations in Europe, and 1 location in Australia. He utilizes his passion for competitive shooting, experience as a military marksman, and in-depth understanding of all firearms and components for expertise in product knowledge, classification, and regulations.

Prior to joining Brownells, Michael served as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Warrior Training Simulations Center and Range Control NCO for the Iowa Army National Guard. His military career spanning over 19 years include duty assignments with the All Guard International Marksmanship Teams as both shooter and coach, Team Captain of the Iowa National Guard Marksmanship Team, and Unit Marksmanship Coordinator of the 34th Army Band. Some of his awards include: Army Accommodation Medal, Joint Services Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Iowa National Guard Commendation Medal, Iowa National Guard Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Iowa National Guard State Service Ribbon, Distinguished Rifle Badge, Bronze Pistol EIC Badge, President’s 100 Tab, Chief’s 50 Badge, Governor’s 10 Tab, and Expert Rifleman Badge.  Michael received his formal civilian education from North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa.

Scott Braum
Attorney at Law
Scott L. Braum & Associates, Ltd.
Like the carefully selected strategic allies they work with throughout their industries of practice, the lawyers at Scott L. Braum & Associate, Ltd. (“SLB&A”) combine knowledge and skills from both their professional and personal lives to develop practical solutions to their clients’ problems, no matter how large or small. Scott BraumSLB&A was founded in 2003 by Scott Braum, a partner at a large “downtown” firm who, while enjoying all of the good that came with that, was always looking for a way to get rid of the bad. Ultimately, the best way to accomplish his goals was by starting a new firm from the ground up, maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards, while fostering a spirit of partnership with the people who should matter the most – the clients themselves. Timothy Rudd joined the firm later that year.

Through his contacts throughout the firearms industry, Scott Braum has also gotten involved with several firearms business holding a variety of FFLs, including an ITAR-registered importer/exporter, tow manufacturers of personal defense and sporting rifles, two marketing and distribution companies, and a small retail operation. The insights gained from these businesses have proved invaluable on the legal side, because Braum is truly in the same trenches as his clients on a daily basis trying to navigate the same regulatory minefields, and he better than almost anyone, understands how it is not always the easiest task to balance competing interests and apply the advice of “those darn lawyers” in the real world.

Clay Cheshire
Munitions Law Group – Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C.
Clay Cheshire is one of the principals in Munitions Law Group – Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C. (“MLG”), which is a hybrid full-service boutique law firm with offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio that represents companies and individuals in matters throughout the United States and internationally related to firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other defense articles. MLG has close relationships with a cadre of expert consultants who can advise clients (and the firm) on the most highly-technical, high-stakes, issues affecting Industry members. MLG also believes it is essential to have a cooperative and respectful relationship with ATF and other government regulators.

Clay cut his teeth in “the Industry” as part of Taurus’ national trial counsel team, and then developed a practice representing Industry members as outside corporate and regulatory counsel. Clay advises clients in day-to-day firearms matters, including ongoing compliance, recordkeeping, requests for ATF guidance, determinations and variances, ATF notifications, and other matters. He also advises clients on initial business organization, re-organization, licensing, mergers & acquisitions (whether as lead or regulatory counsel), other commercial transactions, and winding up. And, he works with clients regarding current or potential adverse ATF action, with the goal of preserving and maximizing the value of a licensed business.

Prior to launching his own practice in 2010, Clay practiced for a decade at some of the larger law firms in the Southeast. Clay’s inspiration is his family. His favorite thing in the world is playing with his three year-old daughter. Everything else pales in comparison. Clay has a law degree from the University of Georgia, and an undergraduate degree from LSU.

Ryan Erdreich
Attorney, Outside General Counsel
Pisciotti Malsch, P.C.
Ryan Erdreich is a partner with Pisciotti Malsch, the premier firearms defense law firm. Ryan has extensive experience with firearms, ammunition and less lethal product liability, class actions and general negligence matters, business and commercial disputes, business formation and licensing, corporate oversight, management and operations, including entity formation, analysis of corporate policies and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, federal licensing, import-export and related compliance, business and risk management, employee safety, debt recovery, incident and claim investigation, commercial disputes, assistance with federal, state or local investigations and inspections, and insurance and coverage related matters.

Ryan works with clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to publicly held companies, including firearms and ammunition industry manufacturers, importers, dealers and retailers. He directly handles and manages all aspects of litigation matters for corporate and non-corporate clients.

Ryan lives in New Jersey with his wife, Tara, and their three children, Hayden, June and Ellie.

Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D.
Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Stephen P. Halbrook
Stephen Halbrook has practiced law since 1978. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. The focus of his practice is the representation of manufacturers, importers, associations, and individuals in regard to firearm laws at the federal, state, and local levels. He regularly handles NFA, import, and other classification matters with FATD; FFL compliance, warning conferences, and license revocation proceedings; forfeiture actions; and other ATF matters. He also advises about “assault weapon” classifications in California, Massachusetts, New York, and other restrictive states, and has mounted legal challenges to such bans. Halbrook has litigated numerous civil and criminal cases, including victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts on behalf of the firearms industry and the rights of gun owners. Halbrook is the author of the Firearms Law Deskbook, The Founders’ Second Amendment, Gun Control in the Third Reich, and other books. He has testified in Congress on nominations for Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice, and on various bills to amend the Gun Control Act.
Charles James
Attorney at Law
Williams Mullen
Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr. is Co-Chair of the Firearms Industry Practice and a member of the White Collar & Investigations Group. He provides legal counsel to members of the firearms industry on state and federal firearms laws and regulations. Since his return to Williams Mullen after serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Chuck has assisted a diverse group of clients with matters before state and federal investigative bodies. Building on his previous White Collar & Investigations practice, Chuck represents individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations, including grand jury and trial matters.
Ron Ketterling
Founder & Owner
Easy Bound Book
Ron Ketterling is the President and founder (1985) of Business Automation Specialists of MN, Inc., developers of Easy Bound Book. His primary responsibility, on the production side of the business, is as Senior Business Architect. He has been active in the development of ATF compliant record keeping software and related areas for 9 years. His areas of expertise include warehouse management systems, manufacturing and inventory control automation, as well as general business and accounting processes. Ron’s experiences include many years in sales and entrepreneurial pursuits, as well as network, IT and a wide variety of software categories.

Ron’s focuses on creating a business environment for our clients that includes effective, efficient automation tools and business processes to help them achieve their business objectives. Automation systems to enable clients to meet their personal business needs, as well as the needs of their customers. His belief is systems should not stand in the way of getting things accomplished. Ron has served on the Business Partner Advisory Councils for ACCPAC, SAGE and Microsoft. Ron’s past time activities include biking, shooting, water skiing and boating (with whomever will go with him), woodworking and singing with the Minnesota Oratorio Society. He especially likes to teach people to water ski, particularly his grandkids. He received his formal education at Azusa Pacific University and California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona.

Sam Kirkland
Strategic Channel Director
Epicor Software Corporation
Sam Kirkland brings over 30 years of experience to his role of National Accounts Manager at Epicor Software Corporation. He joined Epicor in May 2011 following a merger with Activant Solutions Inc., where he served as a National Accounts Manager in the Retail Distribution Group. Kirkland joined then Triad Systems in 1984 when he started his career as a Field Engineer and worked through the ranks as a Sr. Field Engineer and then a Regional Network Consultant before becoming one of Epicor’s National Accounts Manager. His 30+ years has all been in the industries of Lawn & Garden, LBM, Hardware Retail, and Farm Ranch/Home businesses. In his role as National Accounts Manager he supports’ Epicor partners and builds strong programs to drive our partner’s initiatives.
Kevin Miller
Senior Trade and Security Consultant
Miller & Chevalier
Kevin Miller is a Senior Trade & Security Consultant. He has experience in export/import regulations, economic sanctions, and regulatory compliance and investigations. Mr. Miller regularly prepares and submits license applications under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations, and nuclear related licenses issued by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. In addition, he assists with export and import classification matters, e-FCL filings with the Defense Security Service (DSS), regulatory due diligence and notifications in merger and acquisition transactions, preparation of joint voluntary notices to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and related FOCI mitigation measures, training and compliance programs, and internal investigations and voluntary disclosures. Mr. Miller also monitors legislative and regulatory developments in the area of economic sanctions and export controls, and performs research and analysis for clients regarding these issues.

Previously, Mr. Miller served as an Export Compliance Administrator with the Survivability and Protection Systems business at BAE Systems. While there, he served as the key point of contact for export compliance matters related to the business unit, prepared license applications and technical assistance agreements, and monitored the export and import of technical data, hardware, and services. In addition, he had oversight of compliance with NISPOM and Special Security Agreement requirements. Mr. Miller has co-authored a number of articles on export controls and economic sanctions.

John Neiman
Shareholder and Appellate Group Chair
Maynard Cooper
John’s practice focuses on constitutional and regulatory litigation. He is a member of the firm’s general litigation group and Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice group. Upon his graduation from Harvard Law School, John served as a law clerk to The Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and a second law clerk term to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business distinguishes John as a Band 1 leading attorney in the area of Appellate Litigation, and Best Lawyers® named him the region’s 2017 “”Lawyer of the Year”” for Appellate Practice. John currently is litigating a water-rights case against the federal government in the District of Columbia, a voting-rights dispute in the Northern District of Alabama, and a defamation case in Alabama state court.

In 2016, he has successfully argued one case for a client in the Eighth Circuit and is representing other clients in cases to be argued in the Eleventh Circuit and California appellate courts.

He recently successfully defended, in the trial court and the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Governor’s decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds.

Phillip Nelsen
Attorney at Law
Nelsen Law Offices, P.C.
Phillip Nelsen is an attorney, assistant professor of law and business, firearm industry consultant and founder of the nationwide firearm training firm Legal Heat. Legal Heat is the nation’s largest concealed firearm training firm, operating in over 20 states and 100 retail locations, and is the exclusive training partner of Cabela’s. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Idaho College of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Weber State University. He is routinely retained as special counsel for firearm law cases throughout the United States and has been called upon to serve as an expert witness for both civil and criminal cases. Phillip’s clients include several nationwide firearm retailers and manufacturers, and he also serves in an advisory capacity for multiple members of the United States Congress.

A contributor to numerous scholarly publications, he is also the author of Legal Heat: 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws, which is in its 5th edition as a printed work and is used by over 150,000 gun owners as a popular mobile phone application available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

In his personal life, Phillip is a happily married father of 3. He enjoys shooting sports and big game hunting. Each year in the fall he has the pleasure of “working” as a professional hunting guide, where he has guided over 100 successful big game hunts from Northern Idaho to Mexico.

Ryan Nokes
MarketPlace Insight
Ryan leads our MarketPlace Insight division, the leading data and analytics provider to the firearms industry. He works with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to provide accurate forecasting, real-time market trends, and operational and strategic level data to improve decision making. Ryan has spent his career in data analysis, spanning multiple industries, including healthcare, telecom, banking/finance, and now firearms. He is also the author of Tableau Like a Pro, a business intelligence software training curriculum that is used to train at Fortune 1000 companies all over the United States.
David Power
Vice President Sales, Outdoor Products
Oneida Molded Plastics, LLC
David Power has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Distribution/Industrial Engineering from Southern Tech, a MBA from Belmont University, and Trade Compliance certifications from Dunlap University. He has been in the firearms industry for over ten years and is an active competitive shooter and philanthropist serving roles such as the Board Member for the 2A Heritage Junior shooters camp, auctioneer for multiple charity events, head of evaluation team for the Industry Choice Awards, and Chief Range Officer for a multitude of competitions around the country.

David has been serving clients through Oneida Molded Plastics as the VP of sales for Outdoor products since 2010. His focus is OEM programs contract supply to a multitude of clients in the firearms and outdoor products division. As one of the largest OEM suppliers of plastics components to the firearms industry, he has gained a wide array of knowledge as a contract supplier and handling compliance in various circumstances.

Oneida Molded Plastics produces and handles numerous firearms components that include multiple stages of controlled units including hydrographic decorating processes, assembly, producing under variance, and classification determinations of new components.

Dan Rice
Director of US Ethics and Compliance ATF & Lottery
Dan Rice is the Director for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Ammunition, and Lottery Compliance for Walmart, Inc. He has responsibility for compliance program strategy, design, and execution for these product lines across all Walmart stores in the U.S. This footprint includes more than 2,000 FFLs, in addition to stores selling ammunition that do not carry firearms. Mr. Rice is focused on how to operationalize a national compliance program across multiple jurisdictions, and focuses efforts on systematic and systemic controls to make compliance policies, procedures, and controls, easy to follow and execute for Walmart associates. Mr. Rice is a licensed attorney and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law.
Cole Roberts
Director of Compliance
Hudson Manufacturing LLC
Cole Roberts currently serves as the Director of Compliance for Hudson MFG located in Temple, Texas. The up-and-coming firearms manufacturer has seen rapid growth since being featured on the cover of RECOIL magazine and unveiling their innovative H9 pistol at SHOT show 2017.

Cole’s background in the firearms industry includes the maintenance of multiple Federal Firearms Licenses, manufacturing oversight, adherence to provisions of the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act, acquiring and maintaining multiple marking variances, inventory control, export management, and the general interpretation of regulatory guidelines to both mitigate risk and increase efficiencies. As a member of Hudson’s founding team, he has played an active role in ERP implementation and A&D integration while working diligently to instill a healthy culture of compliance.

Prior to joining the firearms industry, Cole served President George W. Bush as an intern in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He later assisted Congresswoman Virginia Foxx as a liaison to the Military, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other key federal agencies. Cole holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from East Carolina University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Elon University School of Law.

Raymond “Ray” Ruthen
Sr. Manager, International Trade Compliance
Pratt & Whitney
Ray has been involved in international trade compliance for sixteen years as a Business Area Export Representative and as a business unit export manager for the aerospace manufacturer operations and supply chain. Ray joined United Technologies Corporation in 1987 and has held positions in Engineering and Operations throughout his career. He is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for international trade compliance across the Pratt and Whitney Global Supply Chain. In this role, Ray is responsible for designing a world class ITC strategy supporting Pratt & Whitney’s global growth strategy.

In addition to his career at United Technologies Corporation, Ray has worked in Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Assurance in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Ray resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and holds a B.S. from Connecticut State University, an M.B.A from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and earned a US Export Compliance Officer certificate from Dunlap Stone University.

Dan Spencer
General Counsel
Dan Spencer is an attorney licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. Dan serves as CZ-USA’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer.  Dan is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law where he focused his studies on international trade law. Dan is also certified as a Lean / Six Sigma Green Belt and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Prior to his position at CZ-USA Dan was a member of the law firm Spencer & Bowerman LLC where his practice focused on civil litigation and business transactions. During Dan’s time with CZ-USA the company has experienced massive growth, giving him a unique and comprehensive insight into the various compliance challenges facing organizations of all sizes.

Jon Sprole
Office Counsel
Maynard Cooper
Jon Sprole is an accomplished leader having served in General Counsel and executive roles within several significant corporations, including GE Capital and Bristol-Myers Squibb. As a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, Jon advises clients and their senior leadership and board members on strategic, legal and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Immediately prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Jon served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Remington Outdoor Company, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and related products. Jon is instrumental in the growth and expansion of the firm’s Firearms practice and industry focus.
Matthew Trask
Director of Corporate Compliance
Remington Arms Co. LLC
Matthew P. Trask is an attorney licensed to practice in state and federal court in both Massachusetts and New York. Currently the Operations Compliance Manager for Remington Arms Company’s Huntsville, Alabama Manufacturing Facility, Matthew concentrates his time, efforts and experience in firearms law and regulatory compliance for the firearms industry. Matt was instrumental in the implementation of a highly- successful comprehensive compliance program in Remington’s Ilion, New York facility.

Prior to employment with Remington, Matthew focused his legal practice on the protection of 2nd Amendment liberties and served as counsel to firearms owners, manufacturers and dealers in matters pertaining to BATFE compliance, criminal defense, state and federal firearms law compliance and is an instructor on the law of self- defense and state and federal firearms laws. Working closely with private clients and firearms rights groups, Mr. Trask litigated firearms licensing, asset forfeiture and criminal defense matters in state and federal court.

Matthew served in the United States Marine Corps as an encrypted communications materials manager. With the Marines, he was responsible for the accountability of communications assets and compliance with national security regulations pertaining to the handling of classified hardware, and coordinated the deployment of encrypted communications networks in support of infantry operations.

Camden Webb
Williams Mullen
Camden Webb leads the firm’s Firearms Industry Practice Group, offering advice and representation to members of the firearms industry, including manufacturers, retailers, government contractors, and others. His practical approach and experience help industry members navigate this highly complex area of the law, including issues under the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and state gun laws.
Daniel Wilson
Office Managing Partner
Maynard Cooper
Mr. Wilson is a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office. In addition to his management responsibilities and practice, Mr. Wilson has been active for years in the federal political arena, and served as the Chairman of the campaign organization for United States Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama. Mr. Wilson has a Martindale-Hubbell AV®Preeminent Rating, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America©, for Government Relations Law and Real Estate Law, from 2009 to the present. He is also listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is a Mid-South Super Lawyer, and has been included in Alabama Super Lawyers since 2010.