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Doreen Edelman
Attorney (Immigration)


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Doreen Edelman

Doreen Edelman


Doreen Edelman has over 20 years of experience representing clients on import and export matters in over 90 countries. She has experience with licensing, commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, voluntary disclosures, preparing compliance programs and training modules and negotiating settlements in U.S. government investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-boycott, export controls and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions laws. She has a well-established relationship with OFAC officials inside the Department of Treasury and obtains licenses for transactions in embargoed and sanctioned countries and assists clients with compliance and disclosure obligations for immigration purposes, mergers and acquisition due diligence and global business requirements. Ms. Edelman advises clients on the export, import and compliance obligations of defense articles, services and technologies and dual-use goods and technologies through the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce, the Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC) of the Department of State for internal audits, compliance programs and U.S. Government investigations, including criminal trials.

Additionally, Ms. Edelman works with U.S. companies entering new markets overseas and foreign companies doing business in the U.S. This includes drafting agency, licensing and distribution agreements for large and small companies, working with foreign counsel to assist her clients overseas and navigating U.S. foreign investment reporting requirements and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). She helps companies prepare global business plans, establish offshore corporations, and obtain foreign government approvals.

For companies expanding into the U.S. market, Ms. Edelman advises on product importation issues such as tariff classification, valuation and duty rate as well as the benefits of free trade programs like GSP and NAFTA. She recently advised the Sultanate of Oman in its bilateral negotiations with the U.S. Government and secured passage of an FTA. She is also General Counsel to the American Turkish Council, a bilateral trade organization comprised of major U.S. and Turkish companies.

Ms. Edelman's work has carried her to all corners of the world, whether helping to establish a natural gas facility in Turkey, protecting a client's intellectual property in Japan, or watching out for the interests of a major fast-food chain franchisor in Latin America. She is co-author of a comprehensive analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement and many trade related articles. Through all her work, Ms. Edelman offers her clients a combination of transactional expertise and business savvy, helping them establish strategic plans for entering new markets and intervening on their behalf with government regulators and policymakers.


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS Co-author – "Inside US Sanctions Against Libya," Law360 (March 2011) Speaker – "Export Controls 101," AILA Seminar - Managing the New I-129 Export Control Certification in Your Practice, Washington, D.C. (February 2011) Speaker – "EB5: Country Specific Issues," American Immigration Lawyers Association 2011 EB5 Conference, Las Vegas, NV (March 2011) Co-author – "HR Managers Must Now Certify Export Compliance," Law360 (January 2011) Speaker – American Immigration Lawyers Association "Managing the New I-129 Export Control Certification in Your Practice Seminar" teleconference (January 2011) "Corporations Must Focus On Deemed Exports," Baker Donelson alert; reprinted in Lexology® (January 2011) Author – "Federal Laws and Regulations Affecting the Foreign Investor in the United States, Immigrant Investors: Creating Employment for U.S. Communities," Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2010) Author – "Need Help with C-TPAT Certification?" Baker Donelson Transportation News, Issue 1 (May 2010) Author – "U.S. Government Cracks Down on Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies and Research Institutions for Export Control and FCPA Violations," Life Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2010) Speaker – American Immigration Lawyers Association 2009 Conference, "Country Specific Issues for EB-5 Practitioners" PARC 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA (October 2009) Speaker – AdvaMed 2009 Conference, "Quality in the Global Supply Chain" Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. (October 2009) Author – "Red Flags for Exporters," Global Atlanta (November 2008) Author – "Enforcement of Export Control Violations on the Rise," The Federal Lawyer (October 2008) Presenter – "Export Compliance in a Nutshell," Ethics & Compliance Officer Association webcast (December 2007) Author – "So You Want to Be in Sales?," @Law: The NALS Magazine for Legal Professionals (Fall 2007) Co-author – "Summary of the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round Agreements Act," Oceana Publications, Inc. (1996) Co-author – "The World Trade Organization Agreement," Oceana Publications Inc. (1995) Co-author – "Summary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)," Oceana Publications, Inc. (1993) Guest Lecturer – "Importing/Exporting Into the U.S.," School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1989-1998) Ms. Edelman has also authored articles in numerous publications including Women in International Trade (May 1998) Maryland Bar Journal (May 1998) Memphis Business Journal (1996) Nashville Business Journal (1996) International Business Lawyer (January 1992) Nihon Keizai Shinbun (May 1991) Journal of Japanese Institute of International Business Law (November 1991) PROFESSIONAL HONORS & ACTIVITIES Advamed China Regulatory Working Group - Mission: Working with Chinese State Council and State Food and Drug Administration officials to reduce or eliminate redundancy in China's medical device regulatory system; contribute to the development of China's adverse event reporting system; and ensure standards are harmonized with international practice. Member – Maryland, Florida and District of Columbia Bar Associations (International Law Sections) Member – American Bar Association (International Law Section; Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section) Member – Medical Committee with the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region Law Clerk for Chief Judge Maryland Circuit Court William McCullough (1987-88) Law Clerk for Office of the U.S. Attorney, Washington, D.C. (1986-87) Law Clerk for Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland (1985) ADMISSIONS District of Columbia, 1989 Florida, 1988 Maryland, 1987 Court of International Trade, 1989 EDUCATION National Law Center, George Washington University, J.D., 1987, with honors The George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, B.A, 1984, with distinction

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