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Sonali Dohale assists companies engaged in international business navigate U.S. international trade laws and regulations. She counsels clients on a range of economic sanctions and export controls issues, including those arising under sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Sonali also represents companies engaged in cross-border mergers and acquisitions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Her practice also involves assisting companies with internal investigations and compliance programs under various anti-corruption regimes (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines).

Sonali has represented companies before a number of U.S. agencies and federal courts, including the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, State, and Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



  • Achieved resolution of multi-agency export controls and sanctions disclosures for medical device company with no monetary or administrative penalties.
  • Represented a Korea-based investor group comprised of SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation, and Wonik QnC Corporation before CFIUS in a $3.1 billion dollar acquisition of MPM Holdings Inc., a NY-based developer and manufacturer of specialty silicones and silanes, as well as fused quartz and specialty ceramics products.
  • Represented a U.S. manufacturer of industrial fabrics and laminate materials before CFIUS in the sale of a portion of its business to a Japanese company (including the negotiation of mitigation measures).
  • Represented a U.S. coatings manufacturer before CFIUS and DDTC in connection with an investment from a Russian company.
  • Served on an independent compliance monitoring team for a medical device corporation monitored by an international financial institution.
  • Attorney Advisor, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Office of Administrative Law Judges, 2012-2015
  • Summer Law Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Civil Litigation, Special Litigation and Projects Division, 2011
  • Water Treatment Intern, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, 2008
  • Civil Engineering Intern, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, 2006-2007

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, DC Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2020-2023


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2012
    • Development Editor, Virginia Environmental Law Journal
    • Member, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
    • Member, Environmental Law and Conservation Clinic
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The George Washington University, 2009
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin