Melissa B. Mannino

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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"[Melissa] has her finger on the pulse and she provides thorough explanations on what we can and cannot do."

— Chambers USA 2021

Overview

Melissa Mannino advises U.S. and foreign companies ranging from multinationals to start-ups on all aspects of U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations and foreign investment matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Melissa represents companies at all stages of filings, audits and reviews, including internal and government investigations, involving the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State and Justice. Her years of government experience coupled with her experience in private practice have given her an in-depth working knowledge of jurisdictional, classification, licensing and enforcement matters. Melissa’s government experience includes serving as the Chief, Enforcement and Litigation, Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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  • Regularly advises U.S. and foreign companies on complex jurisdictional, classification, licensing and enforcement matters relating to the Export Administration Regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and U.S. trade and economic sanctions.
  • Represents companies in export and sanctions enforcement matters, including Entity List designations and removals, voluntary self-disclosures, administrative subpoenas and post shipment verifications.
  • Regularly advises U.S. and foreign companies on CFIUS jurisdictional and filing analyses, including counseling whether filings are required, drafting CFIUS declarations and voluntary notices, and representing companies throughout the CFIUS process.
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Experience

  • Regularly advises U.S. and foreign companies on complex jurisdictional, classification, licensing and enforcement matters relating to the Export Administration Regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and U.S. trade and economic sanctions.
  • Represents companies in export and sanctions enforcement matters, including Entity List designations and removals, voluntary self-disclosures, administrative subpoenas and post shipment verifications.
  • Regularly advises U.S. and foreign companies on CFIUS jurisdictional and filing analyses, including counseling whether filings are required, drafting CFIUS declarations and voluntary notices, and representing companies throughout the CFIUS process.
  • Advises companies on export control jurisdictional and classification analyses for technology, software and commodities, including working with companies to self-classify items and file formal classification requests with the appropriate U.S. government agency.
  • Counsels companies on obtaining export and reexport license applications and use of license exceptions and general licenses.
  • Represents companies in mitigation negotiations with CFIUS and compliance with CFIUS mitigation agreements.
  • Represents companies in CFIUS enforcement actions.
  • Advises companies on investment filings with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Conducts transactional due diligence for financial institutions and corporations involved in mergers and acquisitions, financings and public offerings, and drafted representations, covenants and risk factors.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers Global: International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2015 to 2021)
  • Chambers USA:  International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2014, 2016 to 2021)
  • Gold Medal Award, the highest honorary award given by the Department of Commerce, is for distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable or prestigious contributions that will impact the mission of the Department and/or one operating unit and that reflect favorably on the Department.
    • Office of Chief Counsel Prosecution/Settlement of Administrative Export Enforcement Matters
    • Ebara International Cases (global conspiracy to illegally and covertly export submersible pumps to Iran)
    • Sigma Aldrich cases (established successor liability precedent)
  • Bronze Medal Award, the highest award given by the Bureau of Industry and Security
    • Maine Biological Laboratories case (illegal exports of avian flu vaccine to Syria) 

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security
    • Chief, Enforcement and Litigation Division 
    • Senior Attorney
    • Attorney-Advisor 
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Special Matters: Counsel 
  • U.S. Senate, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: Counsel 

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., New England School of Law, cum laude; Technical Editor, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
  • B.A., Union College