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Lisa C. Mays

Washington, DC
F: +1.202.747.3889



  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2015
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 2010
  • California
  • District of Columbia
Thought Leadership


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 U.S. sanctions; U.S. export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); U.S. Customs; antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD); the False Claims Act; and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In addition, Ms. Mays has experience with anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-boycott compliance.

Ms. Mays counsels companies in various industries including aerospace and defense, aviation, 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.


  • Export Controls
    • Obtained approval from Department of Commerce to enable German construction and engineering firm to operate in Cuba
    • Advised U.S. university on technology and deemed export issues related to non-U.S. campuses, students, and faculty
    • Assisted in internal investigation and disclosure of encrypted software exports resulting in closing of Department of Commerce case without export penalties or monetary damages
    • Performed due diligence enabling private equity firm to complete acquisition of defense and security business of a defense contractor
    • Advised automotive components manufacturer regarding exports of technology to Russia
    • Conducted export controls audit for U.S. rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer
    • Drafted export control policies for Norwegian defense company
  • U.S. Customs
    • Successfully helped electronics company secure the release of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    • Assisted U.S. beverage company with Customs classification and country of origin marking of beverages under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • Counseled Australian company on rules of origin under the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (USAFTA), and assessed Customs exposure risks
    • Advised South Korean solar company on compliance with antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders
    • Assisted U.S. manufacturer with prior disclosure to CBP regarding valuation and antidumping violations
  • U.S. Sanctions
    • Advised non-U.S. bank on compliance with Cuba, Iran, and North Korea sanctions
    • Prepared expert report for non-U.S. aviation company regarding sanctions issues for British arbitration
    • Drafted Iran sanctions compliance protocol for Italian aviation services company
    • Counseled entertainment and technology company on compliance with Iran sanctions
  • Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
    • Assisted U.S. entity in CFIUS submission regarding sale to foreign investment fund of infrastructure assets
    • Advised U.S. subsidiary of German company on national security considerations raised by proposed acquisition, and assessed need for CFIUS filing
    • Counseled Chinese acquirer regarding CFIUS in connection with health care systems and hospital acquisitions
  • Additional Experience
    • Created anti-money laundering (AML) policy for top credit rating agency
    • Assessed AML risk for startup company seeking to operate globally
    • Assisted in representation of South Korean company in antidumping case before the International Trade Commission (ITC)
    • Conducted antiboycott analysis of financial and shipping transactions for automotive manufacturer
    • Assisted technology company with grand jury subpoena response
    • Counseled military mental health services nonprofit organization on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
    • Supported in the defense of Fortune 500 company in False Claims Act suit related to alleged General Services Administration (GSA) non-compliance

Thought Leadership


  • "The Trickle Down Effect of Privacy Shield Uncertainty: Fluctuating Lines for Anti-Bribery Compliance," Journal of Internet Law, Wolters Kluwer, April 2016


False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts

Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions


  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, International Law Committee, Co-Chair 2016-2018
  • California State Bar