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Danait Mengist focuses on FTC and state regulation of the marketing and sale of consumer products. She regularly counsels food, cosmetic and consumer products companies on issues related to advertising and marketing claims, and provides guidance regarding FDA, FTC, NAD, and litigation considerations and risks. Ms. Mengist also has experience litigating environmental matters, including pretrial and trial work. 

Ms. Mengist maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on immigration matters, including representing a client in defensive asylum proceedings.

In law school, Ms. Mengist was involved in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she assisted multiple clients in applying for asylum and other forms of immigration relief. Ms. Mengist also served as the co-chair of the 2017 African Development Conference at Harvard. Prior to law school, Ms. Mengist worked at a nonprofit organization providing criminal defense and restorative justice services to low-income individuals.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2018
  • B.A., International Studies, Macalester College, 2013, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia