Melissa Duffy focuses her practice on international trade matters, specifically matters relating to export controls, trade sanctions, digital trade controls, CFIUS and other national security issues for clients involving a variety of agencies, both civil and criminal. Ms. Duffy advises multinational companies across a wide range of industries, including technology, financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, and energy. She utilizes her considerable experience in the international trade field to counsel clients on day-to-day compliance operations, as well as to provide various forms of advocacy before U.S. trade regulators, such as preparing requests for regulatory guidance, submission of export and sanctions license requests, advising on rulemakings, preparing commodity classification and jurisdiction requests, and investigating and preparing complex voluntary disclosures. Ms. Duffy has extensive knowledge on Cuban, Iranian, and Russian sanctions, as well as matters involving the Middle East.
Ms. Duffy is highly regarded in her area of practice, presenting and publishing regularly on international trade and technology regulations. She has also been consistently been recognized by The Legal 500 and appointed to Law360’s International Trade Editorial Advisory Board. She has given presentations at numerous conferences and webinars held by the International Bar Association, the American Conference Institute and Bloomberg. Ms. Duffy has provided commentary for Law360 and authored articles for Buttersworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, The Export Practitioner and International Government Contractor. In recognition of her significant work on pro bono matters, Ms. Duffy has made the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll numerous times, an initiative sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.