Mercedes Morno advises multinational companies, financial institutions, and private equity funds on their outbound and inbound business transactions. Mercedes helps clients navigate export controls, OFAC sanctions, regulation of emerging technologies, digital trade, CFIUS, tariffs and national security issues. Mercedes assists clients with establishing compliance programs, conducting risk assessments and internal investigations, obtaining export licenses, determining product classifications and customs valuations, performing third-party and M&A due diligence, preparing voluntary disclosures to government agencies, and obtaining national security approvals.

Mercedes has earned widespread recognition for both her commercial and pro bono work. Her honors include being named a “Rising Star in International Trade” by Law360, a “DC Rising Star” by the National Law Journal, and recognition by The Legal 500 US. Mercedes has received High Honor Roll recognition for her pro bono work advising clients in family court matters.

Mercedes frequently speaks and writes on trade regulatory topics and serves as a member of Law360's 2022 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Mercedes worked at a leading global law firm in Washington, D.C. She has held other positions within the federal government as well, including Senior Attorney with the U.S. Department of Commerce, providing legal support for the International Trade Administration.

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.

Speaking Engagements

“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)

Education & Admissions

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

L.L.M., International Business and Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center

B.S., with honors, University of Central Florida

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and United States Court of International Trade


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