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. In addition, she advises clients on trading implications of government procurement provisions and supply chain compliance.
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 recognition for her pro bono work advising clients in family court matters and she serves on the Junior Board of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Mercedes frequently speaks and writes on trade regulatory topics and she is 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.