D. Michael Cormaney specializes in export control, customs, and international trade law and related compliance matters. In the area of export controls, Mr. Cormaney’s work includes classification, licensing, regulatory enforcement, compliance, and corporate training matters involving the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations ("EAR"), and the sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls ("OFAC").
Mr. Cormaney’s legal experience also includes handling diverse matters such as litigating antidumping cases before the International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission; advising clients on customs matters – including classification, origin, valuation, and criminal fraud matters; assisting clients with foreign military sales (FMS and FMF) issues; and advising corporate and non-profit clients on compliance with federal and state campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws.
Mr. Cormaney started his legal career in 1997 in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter, where he concentrated primarily on international trade and export control matters. In June 2001, he accepted an appointment from the Bush Administration to serve as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce who oversees the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) (formerly, the Bureau of Export Administration). In this position, Mr. Cormaney was integrally involved in the development, formulation, interagency coordination, and implementation of U.S. laws, regulations, and policies involving national security and foreign policy controls on the export of dual-use items and technologies – with particular emphasis on U.S. policy toward India and U.S. participation in the multilateral export control regimes. Mr. Cormaney also was responsible for coordinating homeland security and critical infrastructure protection issues for the Under Secretary.
Mr. Cormaney is a member of the District of Columbia bar. He holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law where he served as a Symposium Editor on the international law journal Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, published an article entitled RICO in Russia: Effective Answer to Organized Crime or Another Empty Promise?, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He holds a B.A. (with high distinction) from the University of Iowa, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.Mr. Cormaney also received a certificate from the Moscow State Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia, where he studied Russian language and literature from 1993-1994.