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  • Education
    • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1997, International and Comparative Law
    • J.D., Valparaiso University, 1996, Law Review, Senior Note Writer
    • B.A., Indiana University, 1993, Spanish and Russian
Melissa Proctor is committed to understanding our clients’ operations and providing assistance geared toward helping them reach their specific business and operational goals. By understanding these goals, Melissa is able to anticipate risks and identify opportunities to better assist clients. Melissa has advised clients on a wide array of issues involving international trade, customs law, export controls, and economic sanctions. She has spoken before trade associations and industry groups on a variety of international trade topics, as well as California Proposition 65, conflict minerals reporting, the FTC and California “Made in the USA” standards, and consumer product safety. Melissa advises on importing requirements, as well as exports and re-exports of items (including encryption) under the Export Administration Regulations and defense articles and services subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. She has extensive experience in the following industries: 
  • Aerospace and defense 
  • Computers and software 
  • Electronics and high technology 
  • Semiconductor 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Medical devices 
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Food 
  • Cosmetics 
  • Textiles, apparel and footwear 
  • Automotive 
  • E-Commerce 
Her export practice areas include: 
  • Commodity jurisdiction
  • Export classification and licensing 
  • Deemed exports and technical data transfers 
  • Embargoes and economic sanctions 
  • Automated export system requirements 
  • U.S. Antiboycott regulations 
  • Foreign military sales
  • Voluntary disclosures, detentions, seizures and penalty cases 

She partners with clients to handle a variety of import matters, including: 
  • Customs valuation 
  • Tariff classification 
  • Origin and marking 
  • Special trade program and free trade agreements 
  • Duty deferral and duty/cost-saving opportunities 
  • Border security
  • Prior disclosures, audits, detentions, seizures, liquidated damages and penalty actions 
Melissa also advises on the requirements of other government agencies.

Melissa assists in the design of internal compliance programs, and drafts technology control plans, compliance policies, sales and purchase terms, vendor agreements, distribution agreements and e-commerce user agreements. Melissa represents clients through all stages of import and export enforcement actions. She also updates clients on new legislative and regulatory developments, and provides compliance training to companies, ensuring that personnel involved in international transactions can effectively navigate the complex arena of international trade.

  • Designed and assisted in the implementation of formal ITAR compliance programs for several aerospace, computer hardware and software, and high technology firms 
  • Designed and assisted in the implementation of formal import and export compliance programs for several aerospace (including UAVs), computer hardware and software, high technology, and consumer product firms 
  • Designed and assisted various textile apparel manufacturers and retailers in the implementation of formal processes and policies for participating in free trade agreements and special trade programs for imports into the United States 
  • Successfully defended an online retailer in an export enforcement case that involved the Commerce, State and Treasury Departments
  • Classified and determined the export licensing requirements for complete line of commercial software products for a Canadian manufacturer
  • Commodity jurisdiction (CJ) determinations and formal CJ request preparation for U.S. manufacturer of paints and coatings • Classified and determined license requirements (including exemption eligibility) for products under the U.S. Munitions List for various aerospace, high technology, and chemical companies
  • Determined tariff classifications and countries of origin of products imported into the United States, including textile apparel, automotive, and computer hardware and software
  • Obtained export, reexport, and deemed export licenses under the Export Administration Regulations for companies in a variety of industry sectors 
  • Worked with aerospace and defense-related companies to obtain ITAR licenses and agreements
  • Conducted Merger and Acquisition due diligence of potential import and export liability performed on behalf of online retailers
  • Performed technology and deemed export/foreign national reviews on behalf of various computer and high technology firms 
  • Advised manufacturer of wire and cable products on the various U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions programs, as well as the EU restricted measures
  • Advised forwarder and medical device manufacturer on U.S. antiboycott requirements, including Office of Antiboycott Compliance reporting requirements and the preparation and submission of voluntary self-disclosures
  • Represented various textile apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, and furniture importers during Focused Assessments by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
  • Obtained the release of merchandise detained and/or seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of various aerospace, electronics, defense, and textile apparel companies