Melissa Mannino Joins BakerHostetler's International Trade and National Security Practice

Press Releases / June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON – June 4, 2021 – BakerHostetler announced today that Melissa Mannino joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade and National Security team.

Mannino advises and represents domestic and foreign companies on issues relating to U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations. She regularly counsels a diverse range of clients, from multinational companies to start-ups, across a broad range of industries and technologies, on all aspects of export controls and economic sanctions, including jurisdictional, licensing and enforcement matters. She works closely with companies in determining which laws and regulations may apply to their products and technologies, including the Export Administration Regulations, military-specific controls administered under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and economic sanctions programs implemented by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Mannino also advises foreign and domestic companies on foreign investment issues involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She regularly counsels clients on all aspects of CFIUS reviews, including the process and filing requirements, and represents them before CFIUS, its member agencies and other key stakeholders in the CFIUS process.

“I am eager to join BakerHostetler's well-respected and robust International Trade and National Security Practice Group. With its significant resources, collaborative atmosphere and commitment to client service, the firm will provide me with a rich platform to serve my clients and continue to grow my practice,” said Mannino.

“Melissa is well-versed in the complexities and intricacies of international trade regulations, due to her diverse background,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of the firm’s national Litigation Practice Group. “She will be a significant asset to our clients as they seek to build risk mitigation measures that will help them seamlessly reach their business goals.”

Prior to working at a law firm, Mannino worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security, including as chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she was counsel to the Department of Commerce’s Office of Special Matters and counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Mannino received her J.D. from the New England School of Law and her B.A. from Union College.

“Melissa is extremely skilled in CFIUS issues, and her time at the Department of Commerce provides her with a unique advantage when helping clients with export compliance matters,” said Barbara Linney, co-leader of BakerHostetler’s International Trade team. “She is an excellent attorney, and we are fortunate to have her on board.”


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