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, Cuba, and Iran. 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.


  • Jeanswear designer in lawsuit challenging use of trademarked designs.
  • World famous jewelry design house in defense of trademark, copyright and trade dress action.‚Äč
  • Sokolow v. PLO: Eleven American families in seven-week jury trial before the Southern District of New York under the Anti-Terrorism Act, resulting in full verdict for plaintiffs and an award of $655 million.
  • Major financial institution in two-week arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, resulting in full defense judgment for major financial institution arising from contract dispute regarding sale of private equity investments.
  • U.S. v. Banki: Client charged with violating Iran sanctions in four-week federal criminal trial before the Southern District of New York; primary counts of conviction reversed on appeal.
  • Information technology company in Medicaid False Claims Act qui tam investigation and litigation in the Southern District of New York.


  • JD, 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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