Ms Melissa L. Duffy > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
United States
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International Trade and Government Regulation


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.


Principia College, B.A., 2000, with Honors; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2004, cum laude, Managing Editor – Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Georgetown Barristers’ Council Best Oral Advocate 2003-2004

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International trade

Led by the ‘highly strategic‘ Joanne Osendarp, the eight-partner Washington DC-based team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is particularly adept at handling international trade litigation for large corporates (HBO Latin America, LafargeHolcim), sovereign governments (the governments of Indonesia and Canada), and trade associations (Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers). Osendarp ‘has a breathtaking understanding of the law and politics of trade remedies‘. This has manifested itself most notably in her continued representation of the Canadian government in the softwood lumber dispute with the US, and a countervailing duty matter regarding supercalendered paper; notably, the firm persuaded the WTO that the US Department of Commerce (DOC) had acted inconsistently with the subsidies and countervailing measures agreement in its countervailing duty determination on supercalendered paper from Canada. Praised for his ‘ability to handle complex and difficult trade remedy investigations and litigation‘, Matthew Nicely worked alongside Osendarp in the supercalendered paper matter and also achieved significant market recognition as a result of his recent work for the Solar Energy Industries Association in the solar safeguards investigation before the ITC. In addition to his general anti-dumping and countervailing duty work, Dean Pinkert also regularly assists clients with other types of ITC matters. The departure in April 2018 of Amanda DeBusk and Melissa Duffy to Dechert LLP impacted the team’s export controls and sanctions capability, although this was offset somewhat by the arrival in May 2018 of former DOJ National Security Division Official Ryan Fayhee from Baker McKenzie LLP.

Strengthened by the arrival in April 2018 of the ‘superb‘ Amanda DeBusk and the ‘proactive and balanced‘ Melissa Duffy from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, particularly on the export controls and economic sanctions front, Dechert LLP‘s growing international trade offering is an increasingly attractive proposition, both for institutional clients (including many of its impressive roster of funds clients) and on a standalone basis. Both DeBusk and Duffy provide sanctions and export controls counseling to global automotive heavyweight Ford Motor Company; as the largest US investor in Russia, the advice has been particularly tailored to ensure it mitigates its exposure to the recently implemented Russian sanctions. As part of his broad broad-ranging trade practice, co-head Jeremy Zucker regularly handles CFIUS clearance work, which recently included advising (alongside the firm’s Hong Kong office) SK Hynix, as part of a consortium, on the $18bn acquisition of Toshiba’s memory chip division. Counsel Sean Kane is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.