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Madeline Orlando has wide-ranging experience advising clients on virtually all facets of regulatory compliance. As a California native, Madeline is positioned to counsel both domestic and foreign clients on California regulatory concerns, while drawing in her federal practice experience to present a comprehensive and practical representation.

Madeline has deep experience advising clients on both California state and federal consumer product, environmental, and agriculture, food, and beverage regulatory issues. She works closely with clients to navigate both the California and federal regulatory frameworks, advising on topics ranging from import and export concerns (including ITAR and EAR), foreign investment in the United States (including CFIUS), supply chain, federal and state labeling requirements, federal and state restricted substances compliance, administrative proceedings, filings, permitting and licensing, and regulatory concerns in transactional and contractual settings. Having advised clients on compliance under roughly 40 different state and federal agencies, Madeline has a thorough understanding of regulatory compliance.



  • Performed long term monitoring on California and federal regulatory developments in textile, leather, and jewelry compliance.
  • Performed multiple tariff classifications under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule on textile products imported to the United States.
  • Represented importers of apparel products in First Sale Declarations for customs valuation of U.S. imports.
  • Drafted internal compliance policies regarding forced labor, restricted substances, supply chain compliance and economic sanctions compliance.
  • Assisted in numerous regulatory license applications and approvals under the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security.
  • Advised on economic sanctions compliance measures concerning Russia, Belarus, Venezuela, Iran, and Nicaragua.
  • Defended retailer and manufacturer clients in the food, beverage, personal care, and consumer products space against Prop 65 cases.
  • Represented clients in front of the California Public Utilities Commission in a quasi-legislative and rate-setting actions.
  • Counseled clients on Federal Trade Commission labeling requirements for various consumer products, including under the FTC Green Guides and Made in USA claims.
  • Advised clients on changing California environmental and consumer product laws, including SB 1383 recycling of organic materials, AB 100 lead restrictions in endpoint drinking water devices, and AB 1817 preventing PFAs in certain textile articles.
  • Advised client on requirements under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture for bringing foreign dogs into the United States.
  • Performed local, state, and federal permitting due diligence for the sale of a natural gas facility in California.

Madeline has done client work for a number of federal and California agencies. This work has included reviewing regulations, analyzing applicability, administrative filings and proceedings, obtaining permits, authorizations, and licenses, and transactional compliance. The agencies include:

  • Federal:
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Federal Communications Commission
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • U.S. Department of Energy
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • Federal Maritime Commission
    • Consumer Products Safety Commission
    • U.S. Department of Transportation
    • State Department
    • Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States
  • California
    • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
    • State Water Resources Control Board
    • Department of Toxic Substances Control
    • Air Resources Board
    • Public Utilities Commission
    • Department of Conservation
    • Department of Consumer Affairs
    • Department of Education
    • California Energy Commission
    • Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Department of Food and Agriculture
    • California Natural Resources Agency
    • Department of Transportation
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Geologic Energy Management Division
    • Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Ronald Sargis, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, 2019
  • Legal Intern, Hon. Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court of Tarrant County, 2018
  • Intern, United States Golf Association (USGA), 2017
  • Legal Intern, Molina Healthcare, 2016
  • Sports Media Intern, KCRA TV Channel 3, 2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Environmental Practice Group of the Year, 2022
  • Student Member, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, 2020-2021


  • J.D., with great distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2020
    • Order of the Coif
    • Anthony M. Kennedy Fellow
    • Accelerated Honors Program Participant
    • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
    • Chief Legislation Editor, Staff Writer, University of the Pacific Law Review
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Texas Christian University, 2018
  • California
  • Italian, Conversational