Melissa Burgess helps clients engaged in manufacturing and cross-border transactions with maintaining compliance under U.S. and foreign trade regulations, particularly those related to U.S. export controls and trade sanctions. Her experience includes advising clients on regulations governing permanent and temporary exports and imports (ITAR; EAR; ATF), related business planning, and due diligence.
Melissa reviews client operations, creates compliance programs, trains personnel, and plans comprehensive responses to violations and investigations. She also counsels clients on national security and foreign policy considerations impacting licensing and sanctions determinations. Melissa's work has involved matters before the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
Melissa's early career focused heavily on assisting clients with the production, import, and export of weapons systems, including firearms and ammunition. She currently works with an ever-expanding range of clients on a variety of projects and enjoys learning their new ideas, operations, and technologies. She is equally adept at assisting start-ups, second-generation family businesses, and major corporations, and supports disparate endeavors ranging from exporting props to film productions, to the latest in additive manufacturing.
Defense manufacturing and international trade crossover issues
Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia, 2016
J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2015
- Senior Articles Editor, National Security Law Journal
- Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria, 2014
B.A., B.Mus., French, Violin Performance, Southern Methodist University, 2011, summa cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Pi Kappa Lambda
- Honor Roll with High Distinction
Memberships & Affiliations
- Volunteer, USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, 2013-present
- Associate, 2015-2021; Law Clerk, 2013-2015 – Mark Barnes & Associates, Washington, D.C.