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J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law

M.A., School of International Service, American University

B.A., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University

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Member, American University International Law Review

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Usha represents U.S. and international clients in a variety of international trade matters, with a focus on economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), export controls, and the national security review process. She provides guidance and advice on sanctions and export control compliance programs, and conducts internal investigations for clients. Usha also handles trade litigation proceedings affecting numerous U.S. industries, including solar cells and modules, utility scale wind towers, diamond sawblades, and steel products.

Representative Experience

  • Advises clients on compliance with the U.S. sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and assists with the development of compliance and training programs, preparation of license/authorization requests, voluntary disclosures, and implementation of remedial measures.
  • Advises companies on compliance with the FCPA and assists with the development of corporate compliance policies, procedures, and training materials tailored to the clients' specific business needs. Also conducts internal investigations relating to potential violations of the FCPA, and develops remedial measures.
  • Provides guidance to the U.S. and foreign entities in the context of mergers and acquisitions subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
  • Advises clients on compliance with export controls pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Advises clients on compliance with the U.S. anti-boycott laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
  • Represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, administrative reviews, and five-year "sunset" reviews before the DOC and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
  • Represents clients in trade litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Professional Experience

  • Judicial Intern, the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Fall 2009)
  • Research Associate, Public International Law & Policy Group (2008-2009)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)


  • Named one of DC's "Rising Stars" for International by Super Lawyers magazine (2016-2017)

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