Mike Gurdak's practice focuses on helping clients comply with United States sanctions and trade controls. Mike advised on one of the first, if not the first, shipment of goods from the United States to Cuba in 2016 following the easing of U.S. sanctions against Cuba.
Mike regularly provides advice to clients on economic sanctions programs and embargoes administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including anti-boycott regulations, administered by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Department of State. He also has assisted clients with various other trade-related matters, including customs issues such as country of origin marking, classification, antidumping/countervailing duties, and Made in USA matters.
Mike has assisted clients develop or strengthen compliance programs in connection with sanctions and trade controls, and he provides training on those issues. He also assists clients in the preparation and submission of voluntary disclosures, advisory opinions, and license applications. Mike frequently analyzes the applicability of U.S. trade controls to business transactions, often in due diligence reviews in connection with M&A transactions.
Mike has traveled to Cuba to assist a client in its mission of restoring and conserving Ernest Hemingway's home outside of Havana. He also has written extensively and presented frequently on the scope of U.S. sanctions and trade controls.
Mike maintains an active pro bono docket and has spent significant time assisting Jones Day's efforts to provide legal services to immigrant detainees in Texas seeking asylum.
Federal Agencies Highlight Benefits of Self-Disclosure, Emphasize Enforcement of Trade Violations in Tri-Seal Compliance Note
- July 2008
Navigating U.S. Sanctions Laws: Risks and Benefits of Voluntary Self-Disclosures, Jones Day Corporate Criminal Investigations Newsletter
- September 9, 2016
Legal Challenges of Doing Business in Cuba, Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit
- September 15, 2015
Executive Roundtable Series - Opportunities and Risks in the International Marketplace: Developments and Trends in International Trade, Export Controls, and Global Cybersecurity
- December 14, 2011
2011 Export Briefing - Export Essentials for In-House Counsel and Compliance Personnel: What Every In-House Counsel and Export Compliance Personnel Should Know to Advise Their Clients on US Export Laws and Regulations
- October 20, 2011
Executive Roundtable Series - National Security and Export Control Reform, Take Two. Or Three. Or Four ... ?
- University of Notre Dame (J.D. 1987; B.A. 1984)
- District of Columbia