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Michael P. Gurdak (Mike)


(T) +1.202.879.5470
(F) +1.202.626.1700


  • University of Notre Dame (J.D. 1987; B.A. 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

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 United States 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 issues such as antidumping 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.

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