Melissa focuses her practice on a broad range of international trade matters, including export controls, OFAC sanctions, regulation of emerging technologies, digital trade, CFIUS, tariffs and national security issues involving several U.S. agencies, both civil and criminal. She advises multinational companies across a wide range of sectors, including technology, financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, and energy. Melissa counsels clients on day-to-day compliance operations, and she advocates daily before the U.S. government, in coordinating meetings for clients with regulators, drafting requests for regulatory guidance, preparing export and sanctions license requests, advising on rulemakings, preparing commodity classification and jurisdiction requests, counseling on tariff strategies, and investigating and preparing complex voluntary disclosures.
Melissa began her legal career in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel, where she discovered her enthusiasm for talking with engineers. She has since developed extensive experience across the technology sector, having built deep relationships with clients in the cybersecurity and encryption, software, autonomous vehicle, sensor and artificial intelligence, gaming, computer, telecom, satellite, semiconductor and network infrastructure industries.
Melissa is highly regarded in her area of practice, presenting and publishing regularly on international trade and technology regulations. She has been ranked as “Up and Coming” by Chambers USA (2021) and is described as having “a very good technical understanding of the regulations.” She is also consistently recognized by The Legal 500 and was appointed to Law360's International Trade Editorial Advisory Board. Melissa was recognized as one of Washington DC’s leading female attorneys by DCA Live’s Emerging Women Leaders in Law (2022). She was also recently appointed to the U.S. Department of State’s International Digital Economy and Telecommunication (IDET) Advisory Committee where she advises and provides strategic planning recommendations on digital economy, digital connectivity, economic aspects of emerging digital technologies, telecommunications and communication and information policy matters. She has given presentations at numerous conferences and webinars held by the International Bar Association, the American Conference Institute, Bloomberg, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a Silicon Valley private equity general counsel forum. Melissa has given live interviews for BBC World News and the Associated Press and has been quoted several times in the Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets, provided commentary for Law360 and the Global Investigations Review, and is on the board and a frequent contributor to World Export Compliance Review (WorldECR).
Melisa also has done significant work on pro bono matters, focusing on the representation of arts organizations and other nonprofit entities in Washington, D.C.