Deborah M. Wei

Deborah M. Wei

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email deborah.wei@​

Phone +1 202 637 6468

Fax +1 202 637 5910

LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin Chinese

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Deborah Wei advises clients on a range of international trade matters, distilling complex regulatory requirements into practical advice. She counsels clients on navigating the regulatory and policy landscape of U.S. economic sanctions and export controls.

Deborah helps clients comply with international trade regulations, including those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the export regulations set forth in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Deborah has advised clients in regulatory matters and investigations before government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Department of State. She advises companies across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications and technology, travel services, health care, and education.

Deborah has also counseled clients on matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), anti-money laundering, and immigration. She also has experience in trade litigation before the Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission (ITC), and World Trade Organization (WTO).

During law school, Deborah was a research assistant to Professor Anu Bradford in the field of international antitrust law. She was also a staff member of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and received the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. In the summer following her first year of law school, she gained valuable experience as an intern in the Appeals Bureau at the Kings County District Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to law school, Deborah interned with a Chinese law firm in Shanghai.

Education and admissions


J.D., Columbia Law School, Parker Certificate in International and Comparative Law, 2014

B.A., Duke University, cum laude, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Assisting a major Chinese telecommunications company with trade compliance issues arising from a settlement agreement with and monitorship appointed by the U.S. government.

Advised a U.S. travel service provider regarding general licenses and sanctions compliance issues related to business in Cuba.

Counseled a global luxury goods company regarding U.S. sanctions compliance issues.

Assisted a U.S. company in developing a comprehensive trade compliance program, including delivery of relevant compliance training.

Obtained U.S. export and deemed export licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles technology developed in the United States.

Advised major social media companies regarding sanctions and export control compliance.

Assisted a U.S. health care solutions provider on classification and deemed export compliance related to software products.

Assisted companies with voluntary disclosures to the Bureau of Industry and Security, the OFAC, and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

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