Tal R. Machnes

Tal R. Machnes

Senior Associate

Tal Machnes' practice focuses on international trade and national security, as well as white collar, intellectual property, and securities enforcement. She has represented a wide range of individuals and companies across the financial, manufacturing, communications, energy, and technology sectors through all phases of litigation, including at trial and on appeal, as well as in navigating complex regulatory questions and in government and internal investigations.

In particular, Ms. Machnes regularly advises clients on US trade sanctions and export controls, including rapidly changing developments involving Russia/Ukraine, Iran, Belarus, and Burma. She has conducted internal investigations for both commercial and government contractor clients, and has assisted clients in responding to government requests for information and developing strategies to deal with law enforcement and national security agencies. Through her pro bono work, she has obtained orders of protection for survivors of domestic violence, secured equal public education services for New York City children, and represented immigrants seeking asylum status in the United States.

Ms. Machnes is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where she was as an articles editor for the George Washington Law Review and a participant in the school's International Human Rights Clinic.


  • Numerous US and non-US companies across sectors in providing ongoing guidance and counseling on compliance with US trade sanctions and export controls.
  • Several multinational companies in construction and energy industries in response to administrative subpoenas from Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • Several multinational companies in technology, finance, and other sectors in conducting international investigations for potential violations of US trade sanctions and export controls.
  • Several individuals in de-listing proceedings before OFAC.
  • Major technology companies, educational institution, multinational fashion house, and individuals in licensing proceedings before OFAC and US Department of Commerce.
  • National accounting firm in investigation by Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).
  • Individual in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration involving allegations of fraud and breach of contract.
  • Assisted independent compliance monitor appointed by Department of Justice in investigation relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2012, with honors
  • BA, Barnard College, 2007, magna cum laude
  • New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

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