B.A., Union College; J.D., New England School of Law
Melissa Mannino is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she counsels and represents domestic and foreign companies on issues relating to foreign investment in the United States and compliance and enforcement of the U.S export control regulations and economic sanctions regulations.
Professor Mannino advises a broad range of clients, from multinational companies to start-ups, across a variety of technology industries on all aspects of export controls and economic sanctions, including jurisdictional, licensing, and enforcement matters, with particular expertise in the area of enforcement. She works closely with companies in determining which regulations may affect their transactions and conducting internal investigations and compliance assessments, preparing voluntary disclosures, and settling enforcement actions with U.S. government agencies. She has substantial expertise in commercial and dual-use controls promulgated under the Export Administration Regulations, military-specific controls administered under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and economic sanctions programs implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Professor Mannino also advises foreign and domestic companies on foreign investment issues involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and filings with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). She counsels clients on the CFIUS process and CFIUS Notice, and represents them before CFIUS, its member agencies, and other key stakeholders in the CFIUS process, including members of Congress. In addition, Professor Mannino counsels companies on the direct investment surveys required by BEA.
Prior to joining the firm, Professor Mannino worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC), including as chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division. Before her tenure at the OCC, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, counsel to the Department of Commerce’s Office of Special Matters, and counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.