MELISSA B. MANNINO

Of Counsel
Regulatory and Compliance

EXPERIENCE:

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.

Melissa 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.

Melissa 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, Melissa counsels companies on the direct investment surveys required by BEA.

Prior to joining the firm, Melissa 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.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., New England School of Law
    Cum Laude; Member, Dean's List; Technical Editor, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
  • B.A., Economics, Union College
    Member, Dean's List; Member, Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)
HONORS:
  • Recognized in the International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions category of the 2015-2019 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Gold Medal Award for work on the Ebara International cases (2005) and the Sigma Aldrich cases (2003)
  • Office of General Counsel Award by the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (2002) and the Office of the Special Matters (1998)
  • Bronze Medal Award for work on the Maine Biological Laboratories case (2006)
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • "Enforcement Risk and Resource Allocation—The Top 5 Risks Confronting the Defense and Aerospace Industries: How Companies are Revisiting Resource Allocation amid Enforcement Trends and Budgetary Pressures," Third Networking & Leadership Forum for Women in Aerospace Law & Compliance, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018
  • Moderator, "Revisiting Your Analysis of IT Security and Deemed Export Risks Affecting Your Global Operations: Minimizing New, Emerging Risk Factors Impacting ITAR and EAR Data, and Virtual Access Controls," Global Export Controls Compliance, American Conference Institute, Arlington, Virginia, May 15, 2013
  • Co-chair, "Ninth Annual American Conference Institute ITAR Boot Camp Conference," San Diego, California, February 26-27, 2013
  • "Developing a Risk-Based Approach to Vetting Foreign Third Parties: How Far You Need to Go to Minimize Exposure Using Agents, Brokers, Intermediaries or JV Partners," 6th National Forum on ITAR Compliance, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C., July 13-14, 2011
  • "Sentencing in Export Control Cases and How to Mitigate Penalties," 4th National Forum on Export Enforcement and Investigations, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2009
  • "Managing and Responding to Government Visits and Inquiries," 3rd National Forum on Export Enforcement and Investigations, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2008
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Maryland
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland