Heather Pinnock

Heather K. Pinnock

Lead Knowledge Lawyer
Baker & McKenzie LLP


Heather is the Lead Knowledge Lawyer for Baker McKenzie's global International Commercial & Trade and North America International Commercial practice groups. She is responsible for the direction and execution of legal content and thought leadership projects, trainings and other knowledge initiatives. Heather is also the Knowledge Lead for the Firm's Supply Chains Client Solution.

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Heather was a senior attorney in an international law firm focused on legal and policy issues raised by cross-border transactions, trade controls, and trade remedy litigation. Her practice centered on regulatory compliance, risk and supply chain management, and the intersection of customs and trade remedies laws, and she served as outside counsel to international and US corporations in the scientific equipment, consumer goods and other industries. Heather has also been an attorney with US Customs and Border Protection, a permanent US delegate to the World Customs Organization, a subject matter expert and workshop facilitator for US Department of Commerce commercial law development programs in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

Practice Focus

Heather focuses on import and export policies and procedures of US and international regulatory agencies and offices. She monitors policy, regulatory and industry developments and advises on their impact on cross-border business transactions.


  • District of Columbia~United States (2016)
  • Court of International Trade~United States (2015)
  • Maryland~United States (2003)
  • New York~United States (2002)


  • American University Washington College of Law (Master of Laws (LL.M.), International Legal Studies, International Business Law) (2002)
  • Norman Manley Law School (Certificate of Legal Education (professional practice certification)) (2000)
  • University of the West Indies (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (J.D. equivalent), Upper Second Class Honors) (1998)
  • Presenter, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Impact of the Trump Administration Trade Policy on Global Supply Chains," presentation at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Annual Conference, 2017
  • Author, "The Valuation of Imported Merchandise," International Practitioner's Deskbook Series, U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes and Procedures (2nd ed., Brandi Frederick et al. eds.), 2016
  • Co-author, "The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and Tariff Classification," International Practitioner's Deskbook Series, U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes and Procedures, (Michael Sherman, et al. eds.), 2009