Lisa C. Mays

Lisa C. Mays: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Lisa focuses her practice on international trade compliance counseling, investigations, and defense. As a part of the Firm's International Trade team, she provides practical solutions for clients' global business while helping them detect and prevent compliance threats.

Lisa counsels U.S. and international companies across various industries including aerospace and defense, aviation, communications, education, electronics, financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, space, solar, retail, and technology.

She advises clients on sanctions; export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR); trade agreements; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); Customs and imports; antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD); the False Claims Act; Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); anti-boycott controls; cybersecurity issues; and anti-money laundering (AML) matters.

Lisa represents clients before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and CFIUS.

Prior to her career as an attorney, she worked for cloud-based startups in Berlin, Germany.

Lisa is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington D.C. office.


•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 audits for U.S. rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer; U.S. aircraft parts manufacturer; and U.S. telecommunications software company
•Drafted export control policies and procedures for Norwegian defense company; U.S. entertainment service provider; and U.S. consulting firm
•Counseled U.S. satellite communications company on end user due diligence under the EAR
•Customs and Imports
•Drafted exclusion requests for multiple U.S. manufacturers and retailers under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974
•Counseled U.S. companies on global supply chain solutions after implementation of Section 301 tariffs and with respect to AD/CVD duties
•Successfully helped electronics company secure the release of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
•Assisted U.S. food and beverage companies with Customs classifications and country of origin markings 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. manufacturers with prior disclosures, CF-28 and CF-29 notices, and audits regarding valuation, antidumping and countervailing duties, and classifications
•U.S. Sanctions
•Advised EU security service provider on U.S. sanctions compliance issues in transaction with Iranian airport authorities to provide security services at Iranian airports
•Analyzed sanctions risk for non-U.S. law firm with Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) clients
•Advised commercial launch services provider on compliance with Russia sanctions
•Counseled U.S. company in acquisition of intellectual property from Iranian company
•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
•Conducted antiboycott analyses of financial and shipping transactions for top automotive manufacturer
•Analyzed antiboycott risk for U.S. manufacturer shipping globally
•Counseled software company with operations in Israel on compliance with antiboycott laws
•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


•U.S. to Streamline Small Arms, Ammo Export Regulations
National Defense , January 9, 2019
•Comment Deadline Fast Approaching: Export Controls on Emerging Technologies
The National Law Review , December 10, 2018
•The Latest U.S. Sanctions on Russia
The National Law Review , September 20, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin Discusses the Future of CFIUS After Proposed Reforms
Columbia Law School's Blue Sky Blog , January 22, 2018
•The United States Munitions List: When Guns Come Off of the ITAR
The National Law Review , September 14, 2017
•The GDPR and the Bottom Line: How the EU Data Privacy Regulation Will Affect U.S. Companies’ Data Collection and Processing Practices-and Their Revenue
Bloomberg Law's Privacy and Security Law Report , June 26, 2017
•The GDPR and the Bottom Line: How the EU DataPrivacy Regulation Will Affect U.S. Companies’Data Collection and Processing Practices-andTheir Revenue
Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report , June 2017
•The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition
The National Law Review , January 13, 2017
•The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business
The National Law Review , December 7, 2016
•Future of U.S.-Canada Trade Relationship in Light of 2016 Election
The National Law Review , November 22, 2016
•Revival of Age of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Cases
Lorman , November 2016
•Are You Within Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement - Tentacles of Money Laundering Schemes Affect Real Estate Investors Worldwide
Lorman , June 2016
•Hotels and Hospitality in Cuba: OFAC and Obama Paving the Way
Global Trade Law Blog , 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
The National Law Review , March 3, 2016
• The Trickle Down Effect of Privacy Shield Uncertainty: Fluctuating Lines for Anti-Bribery Compliance, Journal of Internet Law, Wolters Kluwer, April 2016


•Contributing author for The CFIUS Book WorldECR
•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

• Update from the Trump Trade War Front: Tariffs Will Not Increase March 2, March 1, 2019
• Comment Deadline Extended: Export Controls on Emerging Technologies, December 11, 2018
• The Little Regulation That Will Make a Big Change in How You Do Business: Department of Commerce to Establish New Export Controls on Emerging Technologies, November 19, 2018
• The New NAFTA: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), October 2, 2018
• The Latest U.S. Sanctions on Russia, September 20, 2018
• Another Day Another Tariff... and Other Recent Restrictions on China, June 7, 2018
• The Future of CFIUS: Perhaps Not So Happy a New Year, December 12, 2017
• The United States Munitions List: When Guns Come Off of the ITAR, September 14, 2017
• Preparing For Heightened Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) Enforcement Under the Trump Administration, April 6, 2017
• Predicting the Unpredictable: Will Tariffs Under President Trump Cause a Trade War With China?, March 15, 2017
• The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition, January 13, 2017
• The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business, December 7, 2016
• The Future of the U.S.-Canada Trade Relationship in Light of the Election, November 22, 2016
• Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration, October 17, 2016
• The Revival of the Age of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Cases, August 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

Media Mentions

•ITC Signs Off On South Korean Steel Component Duties
Law360 , April 19, 2017
•US Tees Up Final Duties On S. Korean Steel Component
Law360 , March 20, 2017

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • CFIUS: Foreign Investment in the U.S.
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Exports and Export-Related Controls
  • Sanctions
  • International Reach
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.2307  Phone
202.747.3889  Fax
University Attended:
University of Southern California, B.A., 2010
Law School Attended:
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2015
Year of First Admission:
District of Columbia; California


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


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