Mercedes Morno
202-970-3011
mmorno@fenwick.com
Associate
Trade & National Security
Mercedes
Morno
Mercedes
Morno
Mercedes
Morno
Associate
Trade & National Security

Mercedes represents technology companies, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as early-stage companies on domestic and complex cross-border compliance and trade regulatory enforcement matters. She has secured favorable results in a wide range of trade regulatory compliance matters, including export authorization and commodity classification filings, voluntary self-disclosures to OFAC and BIS, and CFIUS national security reviews of foreign investments.

Mercedes advises clients by obtaining national security approvals and export licenses, preparing voluntary disclosures to government agencies, designing and implementing strong global compliance programs to address requirements imposed by economic and trade sanctions regulations, conducting risk assessments and internal investigations, determining product classifications, and performing third-party and M&A due diligence. In addition, she is a trusted advisor on trading implications of government procurement provisions and supply chain compliance. Her clients include leading companies in the technology, consumer retail, life sciences, healthcare, artificial intelligence, and blockchain and cryptocurrency industries.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Mercedes worked at a leading global law firm in Washington, DC, focusing on trade remedies, trade regulatory and supply chain compliance. She also previously held positions within the federal government, including Senior Attorney with the U.S. Department of Commerce, providing legal support for the International Trade Administration in connection with the administration of the laws regulating unfairly traded imports into the United States. Mercedes began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Mercedes has received High Honor recognition for her pro bono work advising clients in family court matters and she serves on the Junior Board of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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  • Representing Fortune 500, late-stage, and early-stage companies in voluntary self-disclosures, export authorization filings, and commodity classification requests submitted to U.S. government agencies
  • Representing pre-merger companies in trade regulatory compliance and corporate due diligence
  • Investigating allegations relating to export violations for public and private companies
  • Performing complex encryption control assessments for advertising technology, software technology, cloud security, and other providers
  • Designing and implementing global trade compliance protocols and programs across industries, including consumer technologies and retail and venture capital

  • Representing Fortune 500, late-stage, and early-stage companies in voluntary self-disclosures, export authorization filings, and commodity classification requests submitted to U.S. government agencies
  • Representing pre-merger companies in trade regulatory compliance and corporate due diligence
  • Investigating allegations relating to export violations for public and private companies
  • Performing complex encryption control assessments for advertising technology, software technology, cloud security, and other providers
  • Designing and implementing global trade compliance protocols and programs across industries, including consumer technologies and retail and venture capital

  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Wolfspeed, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Figma, Inc.
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Notion Labs, Inc.
  • Graphite Growth, Inc.
  • Orca Security, Inc.
  • Bentley Systems, Inc.
  • Quest Software Inc.
  • Magic Eden

  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Wolfspeed, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Figma, Inc.
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Notion Labs, Inc.
  • Graphite Growth, Inc.
  • Orca Security, Inc.
  • Bentley Systems, Inc.
  • Quest Software Inc.
  • Magic Eden

  • "Export Controls and the Internet of Things," Export Compliance Manager, October 2022 (author)
  • "International Trade: Navigating Enhanced Compliance and Mitigating Risks," July 25, 2022 (panelist)
  • “The Biden Administration’s Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Initiative: Current Status and Potential Next Steps,” November 9, 2021 (panelist)
  • “Department of Commerce Year in Review,” March 11, 2021 (panelist)

  • "Export Controls and the Internet of Things," Export Compliance Manager, October 2022 (author)
  • "International Trade: Navigating Enhanced Compliance and Mitigating Risks," July 25, 2022 (panelist)
  • “The Biden Administration’s Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Initiative: Current Status and Potential Next Steps,” November 9, 2021 (panelist)
  • “Department of Commerce Year in Review,” March 11, 2021 (panelist)

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Recognition
Law360

2022

Named Mercedes to its International Trade Editorial Advisory Board to shape coverage and provide expert insight on trade regulatory legal and policy developments.

Legal 500

2021

Recognized Mercedes as a “Rising Star” in International Trade.

National Law Journal

2020

Named Mercedes to its “D.C. Rising Star” list for excelling on some of the biggest stages, representing high-profile clients, and securing high-dollar victories.

Law360

2020

Recognized Mercedes as an International Trade “Rising Star.”

Recognition
Law360

2022

Named Mercedes to its International Trade Editorial Advisory Board to shape coverage and provide expert insight on trade regulatory legal and policy developments.

Legal 500

2021

Recognized Mercedes as a “Rising Star” in International Trade.

National Law Journal

2020

Named Mercedes to its “D.C. Rising Star” list for excelling on some of the biggest stages, representing high-profile clients, and securing high-dollar victories.

Law360

2020

Recognized Mercedes as an International Trade “Rising Star.”

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