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Saul Reinaldo Newsome
Danielle L. Borel

Saul Reinaldo Newsome

Associate - Baton Rouge

Business Attorney Focused on International Transactions

Saul Reinaldo is a member of the business group and focuses on international transactions, including international trade and foreign direct investment. Saul advises businesses on trade and investment incentives both locally and abroad. Saul has advised clients on importing, exporting, sanction regimes, and assisted clients in pursuing offshore manufacturing, license agreements, sales agreements and other business ventures. Saul has advised on foreign investment and trade regulations in the United States, including applications to the Committee on Foreign Investments to the United States (CFIUS), export and anti-boycott regulations (EAR), international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR), anti-bribery (FCPA), asset control regulations (OFAC) and customs regulations. Saul has also successfully released assets and transactions that were blocked under the Cuban Assets Control Regulation (CACR), and participated in official bilateral meetings with foreign governments.

Saul earned his Juris Doctor of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Saul spent a semester studying international business law in Bogotá, Colombia. During that time, he worked at the law firm Francisco Reyes & Asociados, where he focused on foreign direct investment transactions and international comparative corporate law. Saul was recently named one of Baton Rouge’s Top Forty under 40. 


Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., Federalist Society, International Law Society, Moot Court Board, 2012

  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia - 2012 spring semester

Virginia Military Institute, Double Major: International Studies, Modern Languages & Cultures (Spanish), Sigma Delta Pi - President, Omicron Delta Kappa, 2005

  • Universidad de La Habana, Cuba – 2003 spring semester


Louisiana State Courts, Eastern, Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana, 2012

Professional Associations

Louisiana District Export Council, Outreach Committee, Member

Engage Cuba Coalition, Louisiana State Council Member, 2016

American Bar Association (Latin America and Caribbean Committee, International Trade Committee, and International Investment and Development Committee)

Louisiana Bar Association (International / Business / Young Lawyers Section)

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Community Involvement

Friends of the Americas, Baton Rouge, LA (non-profit organization focusing on humanitarian aid efforts in Honduras)

Honors and Awards

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.


  • “Building Your Practice Area”, moderator for Idea Exchange, 2019 Young Lawyers Conference, Lousiana State Bar Association, 1/18/2019
  • “Legal Considerations for Doing Business in High Risk Environment”, Doing Business in Angola Hosted by U.S. Commercial Services, Louisiana District Export Council, and Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP, 12/19/2018
  • "Exporting Louisiana Food and Culture”, 2018 Louisiana Trade Week, hosted by the World Trade Center in New Orleans, 11/6/2018
  • Closing Remarks on Louisiana Trade with Cuba, Luncheon with Cuban Ambassador Cabañas, Port of New Orleans, 5/1/2017
  • Panelist: “State of U.S. and Brazil Trade and Investment”, Gulf Coast Trade Alliance: Doing Business with Brazil, 17th Annual World Trade Conference, 4/4/2017
  • Panelist: “Panama Economic Development Opportunities”, International Business Summit, Panama Gateway International Association, 10/14/2016
  • “Fundamentals of ITAR and Export Controls”, hosted by Mississippi Development Authority, 8/26/2016
  • “Export Strategies” individual consultations, 2016 Mississippi Governor’s Export Summit, 8/26/2016
  • “Legal Framework: Doing Business in Cuba”, Doing Business in Cuba Summit, 6/22/2016
  • Free Trade Agreements and US Export Controls, 2016 Louisiana Export Training Course, Shreveport, 4/21/2016
  • Presented at Northwestern State University's School of Business' 2nd CLE Event, 11/20/2015
  • Legal Aspects of Doing Business Abroad - Part I (Free Trade Agreements and Custom Tariffs: What They Mean for Your Business) and US Export Controls and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Part II, St. Tammany Export Training Program, 10/15/2015
  • Panelist: Intellectual Property and Contract “Do it once, Do it right, Stay Protected, Save Money” Export Workshop Connecting the Delta Region to the International Marketplace, Delta Regional Authority, 8/27/2015
  • "Taking Your Business Global: Importing and Exporting Considerations for Louisiana Small Businesses", Small Business Administration Legal Lunch & Learn Series, 6/16/2015
  • Legal Aspects of Doing Business Abroad - Free Trade Agreements and Custom Tariffs: What They Mean for Your Business - Part I; US Export Controls and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Part II, 2015 Louisiana Export Training Program, 5/12-13/2015
  • Legal Considerations of Exporting to Louisiana, U.S. tariffs and free-trade agreements, Louisiana and U.S. legal considerations for agricultural and food products and purchase and sale agreements, La Idea, USAID-funded Latin American entrepreneurs training program, 1/13/2015
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Representative Matters

  • Compliance Programs
  • Export incentive agreements (IC-DISC)
  • Greenfield foreign investment
  • Foreign acquisition
  • Foreign trade and foreign service agreements
  • Foreign manufacturing and insurance agreements
  • International Sales Agreements 
  • International Distribution Agreements 
  • International Traffic in Arms and Export Controls commodity classification
  • Licensing and distribution agreements
Represented clients in matters involving:
  • Australia 
  • Caribbean
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • France
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Indonesia 
  • Mexico
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Panama
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates

Official Travel

  • Trade Mission to Cuba hosted by The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards – October 2016
  • Co-Chair Louisiana Super-Region Canvas Workshop to Panama – hosted by Greater New Orleans Inc. (GNO, Inc.) & Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) – September 2016
  • Trade Mission to Cuba hosted by Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Mike Strain, DVM – July 2016
  • White House Briefing on Cuba, hosted by the White House Business Council and Engage Cuba– May 2016

Military Experience

United States Marine Corps

  • USMC Reserve, Human Intelligence Officer, Aurora, CO (2010 – 2012)– Captain Platoon Commander, responsible for intelligence and combat operations of US Marines and foreign military training in Latin America and Africa.
  • Camp Lejeune, Human Intelligence Officer, NC (2005 – 2008) 1st Lieutenant Platoon Commander: responsible for intelligence and combat operations of US Marines. Team Commander: responsible for intelligence training of Iraqi Army and Police.