Tessa represents clients in a variety of international trade matters, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, anti-money laundering, and compliance matters. Tessa routinely counsels clients on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). She co-authored the firm’s FARA Issues Handbook and routinely advises clients on registration obligations and requirements under FARA.


Representative Matters

  • Provides guidance on economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
  • Represents clients in trade litigation before the Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Court of International Trade.
  • Counsels clients on Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA, formerly DSS) matters, including Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) mitigation.
  • Counsels clients on anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations and the development of AML compliance programs.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor Jane Winn, University of Washington School of Law (2007-2008)
  • Judicial Extern, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2007)
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington (Summer 2006)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), U.S. Capital Chapter
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Young Lawyers Advisory Council
  • Steering Committee, District of Columbia Bar, International Law Section (2018-2020)
  • The Association of Women in International Trade
  • Association of Women in the Metal Industries – AWMI and Customs
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)


  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in International Trade Law (2019)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for International Trade and Finance Law (2023-2024)



J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Washington

Law Journals

Articles and Comments Editor, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal

Bar and Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Bar


Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

Advanced Certified Sanctions Compliance Specialist (ACAMS)

Know Your Customer-Customer Due Diligence-Intermediate (ACAMS)


  • French

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