Alexis Early counsels international and domestic clients on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters. She represents foreign sovereign governments’ interests before Congress and federal agencies on trade and investment, defense cooperation, and rule of law matters. She devises and implements outreach strategies and crafts messaging to increase awareness and understanding of her clients’ priorities. Ms. Early also advises foreign and domestic corporations on import/export requirements, customs and international trade agreements, defense controls, and investment regulations; she represents clients in related agency compliance and enforcement proceedings before the Treasury Department, State Department, Commerce Department, and Department of Homeland Security.
In a climate of heightened enforcement of U.S. laws abroad, Ms. Early counsels individuals, multinational corporations, and foreign financial institutions on sanctions compliance, anti-money laundering requirements, and counter-financing of terrorism policies. In addition to following legislative developments on these issues and tracking industry perspectives, she conducts due diligence, builds compliance programs, and evaluates risk exposure. Ms. Early also works with the U.S. Government and Fortune 100 financial institutions to seek the release of unblocked assets or erroneously blocked funds.
While in law school, Ms. Early was the founding editor-in-chief of the American University Business Law Review, the first comprehensive business law journal in Washington, DC. She also twice served as a Dean’s Fellow, for which she performed original document research on “forgotten constitutions” in American history and analyzing the effect of Latin American local administrative codes on LGBT families. Prior to law school, Ms. Early invested in a global network of social entrepreneurs as an investment portfolio manager for a leading international organization. She has monitored elections in Latin America and founded an organization to facilitate administration-student-employee dialogue on labor issues on college campuses.
- Advise one of the world’s largest insurers on U.S. and international sanctions regimes, including the impact of pending legislation and increased enforcement activity
- Counseled the Republic of Georgia’s Georgian Dream opposition party in its successful electoral campaigns to become the parliamentary majority and later win the presidency
- Provide guidance to one of Australia’s largest companies on international customs norms under existing treaties, as well as the impact of customs provisions contained in international trade agreements currently being negotiated
- Pro Bono: Advised a Balkan state on compliance with global and regional human rights agreements to improve its EU candidacy and to use its rotating seat on the UN Human Rights Council to advocate for human rights protections