- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2015
- B.A., University of Southern California, 2010
- *Not admitted in DC; supervised by partners of the Firm
Lisa Mays is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington D.C. office.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Mays’ practice focuses on international trade compliance and investigations.
She advises clients on issues relating to anti-corruption; anti-money laundering; the False Claims Act; sanctions regulations on Cuba, Iran, and North Korea; and U.S. export and import controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). In addition, Ms. Mays represents clients on antidumping and anti-boycott matters.
Ms. Mays counsels companies in various industries including aerospace and defense, education, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology.
Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Mays worked for cloud-based startups in Berlin, Germany.
Created anti-money laundering policy for top credit rating agency
Obtained approval from Department of Commerce to enable German construction engineering firm to operate in Cuba
Assisted in internal investigation and disclosure regarding encrypted software exports resulting in successful closure of Department of Commerce case without export penalties or monetary damages
Represented non-U.S. company in antidumping case before the International Trade Commission
Advised non-U.S. bank on compliance with U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea
Performed due diligence enabling private equity firm to complete acquisition of defense and security business of a defense contractor
Advised U.S. research university on technology and deemed export issues related to non-U.S. campuses, students, and faculty
Defended Fortune 500 company in False Claims Act suit related to alleged General Services Administration (GSA) non-compliance
Conducted anti-boycott analysis of financial and shipping transactions for automotive manufacturer
- "The Trickle Down Effect of Privacy Shield Uncertainty: Fluctuating Lines for Anti-Bribery Compliance," Journal of Internet Law, Wolters Kluwer, April 2016
- Co-authored "U.S. Export Controls and the Cloud" chapter in the Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2015 Edition, Thomson Reuters
False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts
- "DOJ Seeks Rehearing in D.C. Circuit Case, Hoping to Resurrect Liability for a Contractor’s “Objectively Reasonable” Interpretation of an Ambiguous Contract Provision," February 18, 2016
Global Trade Law Blog Posts
- "Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration," October 17, 2016
- "Are You Within Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement? The Tentacles of Money Laundering Schemes Affect Real Estate Investors Worldwide," June 9, 2016
- "Hotels and Hospitality in Cuba: OFAC and Obama Paving the Way," April 20, 2016
- "The Day of North Korea Sanctions: the UN Imposes the Toughest North Korea Sanctions Yet While OFAC and State Designate More North Korean Entities," March 3, 2016
- "When Voluntary Self-Disclosure Isn’t so Voluntary: SEC Says Self-Disclose or Forfeit Non-Prosecution and Deferred Prosecution," January 6, 2016
- "The Schrems Decision: How the End of Safe Harbor Affects Your FCPA Compliance Plan," November 12, 2015
- "Shelter from the Coming Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance in European Public Procurement," July 15, 2014
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, International Law Committee
- California State Bar