Ronald I. Meltzer

Senior Counsel

Meltzer, Ronald I.
Ronald Meltzer's practice focuses on compliance and enforcement matters relating to US export controls and economic sanctions. His work includes due diligence reviews, transaction advice, licensing, corporate compliance programs, regulatory audits, voluntary disclosures and enforcement cases. Mr. Meltzer has extensive experience dealing with the US Department of State, US Department of Commerce and OFAC on these matters. Mr. Meltzer also represents clients in customs and trade remedy cases and provides advice on Foreign Agents Registration Act requirements.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers Global for his outstanding international trade: export control and economic sanctions practice
  • Recognized as a national leader in international trade: export controls and economic sanctions in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2008-2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of international trade and finance law
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Attorneys
  • Selected as a "Super Lawyer" in the 2014 edition of Washington DC Super Lawyers for his international trade practice

Publications & News


September 15, 2014

US and EU Escalate Russia Sanctions

Last week, the United States and European Union (EU) significantly escalated financial and trade sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to what US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew described as Russia’s “blatant efforts to destabilize Ukraine.”

July 18, 2014

US Targets Major Russian Financial and Energy Firms in Sector-Specific Sanctions

This week, the United States announced new sanctions against Russia in response to what the Obama Administration describes as Russia’s continued attempts to destabilize Ukraine.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

April 1, 2014

Sanctions and Trade Update: Russia and Ukraine

In response to recent events in Ukraine, the United States, the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, and other nations have adopted a series of targeted asset freezes and travel bans, which vary in scope, as well as broader trade restrictions against Russia.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm’s practice areas were also recognized.

January 27, 2014

New US and EU Guidance on Interim Agreement for Iran Sanctions Relief

As we have discussed previously, on November 24, 2013, the United States and the other members of the P5+1 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China) reached agreement with Iran on the JPOA, an initial understanding on the disposition of Iran's nuclear program.

December 13, 2013

Support Continues to Build for New Export Controls on Cyber Monitoring Technologies

Amid growing worldwide concern about the security of commercial and government computer networks, the leading multilateral export control organization has moved toward new export controls for advanced computer network hardware, software and technologies that can be used to exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

December 1, 2013

Reassessing Your Risk Profile for OFAC Sanctions

An article by Ronald Meltzer and David Horn, published in the December 2013 edition of The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 29, No. 12.

November 27, 2013

Understanding Iran Sanctions for US Business: The New Agreement Brings Some Change But Much is Left the Same

On November 24 in Geneva, the United States and the five other members of the P5+1 reached an initial agreement with Iran with the aim of ensuring that Iran's nuclear program will be entirely peaceful. Under the agreement, the United States and the EU will ease certain sanctions on Iran for a period of six months. However, this "limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible" sanctions relief means that US and foreign firms must closely monitor the implementation of the agreement.

Recent Highlights

  • Represented US and foreign clients in numerous BIS and DDTC licensing matters involving transfers of technology controlled under the EAR and ITAR, including the development of comprehensive technology transfer control programs to ensure ongoing compliance with such authorizations
  • Represented US and foreign clients in designing and implementing product classification systems and internal license data bases to ensure ongoing compliance with EAR and ITAR licensing requirements
  • Represented US and foreign clients in numerous internal investigations concerning EAR, ITAR and OFAC compliance requirements and in resolving enforcement cases relating to registration, licensing, administration of authorized agreements, deemed exports and reporting obligations
  • Represented US and foreign clients in establishing export compliance programs applicable to all levels of operation, including foreign outsourcing, and in providing regularized compliance audits and training to domestic and foreign affiliates
  • Represented US-based financial services and securities firms in developing risk-based OFAC compliance policies, including the design and implementation of risk assessments and screening programs applicable to different lines of business
  • Represented US and foreign clients in obtaining OFAC licenses for exports of medical equipment and agricultural products to US-embargoed countries, including Cuba and Iran
  • Represented US and foreign clients, including financial institutions, securities firms and investment banks, on OFAC issues applicable to complex M&A and financing transactions

Professional Activities

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meltzer was a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he published widely in the fields of US foreign economic relations, national security and international trade law. He previously worked on trade matters in the office of the Secretary of Commerce and for former Senator Bill Bradley, and has taught at the MARA Institut Teknologi in Malaysia and at American University's School of International Service. Mr. Meltzer is a member of the Washington Council of Human Rights First and the Washington Leadership Board of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.


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JD, summa cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, 1989

PhD, Columbia University, 1975, John W. Burgess Distinguished Fellow

BA, summa cum laude, Ohio University, 1970

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