Doreen M. Edelman

901 K Street, N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
T: 202.508.3460
F: 202.220.2260

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Doreen Edelman is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Donelson and is a co-leader of the Firm's Global Business Team. Ms. Edelman has more than 25 years of experience counseling companies on import and export compliance, foreign investment and global expansion. Ms. Edelman advises clients on their export, import and anticorruption compliance obligations related to defense articles, and services, and for commercial goods and technologies through the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce, the Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC) of the Department of State, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury. She also counsels on foreign investment reporting filings including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Additionally, Ms. Edelman advises on all export compliance requirements related to immigration forms, the U.S. Anti-boycott requirements and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). She assists with internal audits, compliance programs and U.S. Government investigations, including criminal trials. She determines product classifications, country of origin labeling and prepares license applications, commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, voluntary disclosures, and training modules for large and small companies. Ms. Edelman has a well-established relationship with OFAC officials inside the Department of Treasury and has successfully obtained numerous licenses for transactions involving embargoed and sanctioned countries. She also assists with customs, anticorruption and export compliance issues in mergers and acquisitions due diligence and has created on line export training.

Ms. Edelman works with U.S. companies entering new markets overseas and foreign companies doing business in the U.S. This includes drafting agency, licensing and distribution agreements, working with foreign counsel to assist her clients overseas and navigating U.S. foreign investment reporting requirements. She helps companies establish global business structures to increase market share and reduce costs and business risks, like FCPA and the UK Bribery Act. She advises on product importation issues such as tariff classification, valuation and duty rates as well as the benefits of free trade programs like GSP and NAFTA. She represented the Sultanate of Oman in its bilateral negotiations with the U.S. Government and secured passage of the US-Oman FTA. She is General Counsel to the American Turkish Council, a bilateral trade organization comprised of major U.S. and Turkish companies.

Ms. Edelman's work has carried her to all corners of the world, whether helping to establish a natural gas facility in Turkey, protecting a client's intellectual property in Japan, or watching out for the interests of a major fast-food chain franchisor in Latin America. She is co-author of a comprehensive analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and many trade-related articles. Through all her work, Ms. Edelman offers her clients a combination of transactional expertise and business savvy, helping them establish strategic plans for entering new markets and intervening on their behalf with government regulators and policymakers. Follow Ms. Edelman on LinkedIn

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Edelman is a frequent speaker and contributor on all manner of international compliance and regulatory issues. Her most recent activities are below.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Advamed China Regulatory Working Group – Mission: Working with Chinese State Council and State Food and Drug Administration officials to reduce or eliminate redundancy in China's medical device regulatory system; contribute to the development of China's adverse event reporting system; and ensure standards are harmonized with international practice.
  • Member – Maryland, Florida and District of Columbia Bar Associations (International Law Sections)
  • Member – American Bar Association (International Law Section; Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section)
  • Member – Medical Committee with the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region
  • Member – Board of Directors, American Turkish Council and American Friends of Turkey
  • Co-Chair – TerraLex International Trade and Customs Practice Group 
  • Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in International Law (2012 – 2015)
  • Law Clerk for Chief Judge Maryland Circuit Court William McCullough (1987 – 1988)
  • Law Clerk for Office of the U.S. Attorney, Washington, D.C. (1986 – 1987)
  • Law Clerk for Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland (1985)


  • District of Columbia (1989)
  • Florida (1988)
  • Maryland (1987)
  • Court of International Trade (1989)


  • National Law Center, George Washington University, J.D., 1987, with honors
  • The George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, B.A., 1984, with distinction