Chanda Brown advises clients on complex national security, defense, regulatory compliance and government contract matters, including bid-protests, size protests, internal investigations and the allocation of government rights in patents. For exporters, Ms. Brown provides guidance to clients regarding the export and import of dual use and military products under the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Ms. Brown’s work has involved responding to federal agency enforcement actions, assisting with export licensing and registrations, drafting export control plans, conducting product self-classifications and voluntary self-disclosures. 

In corporate transactions and public company representations, Ms. Brown performs due diligence in connection with large and small government contractors. In transactions involving acquisitions by non-US companies, Ms. Brown has helped clients navigate complex transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Ms. Brown is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in their Security Studies Program.

Ms. Brown also maintains an active pro bono practice, providing legal assistance to elderly District of Columbia residents related to drafting their wills, powers of attorney and estate planning.

Ms. Brown was recognized in 2018 by the Diversity in National Security Network as a Black American next generation leader in US national security and foreign policy. 

During law school, Ms. Brown was a volunteer legal intern in the National Security Division of the US Department of Justice, where she worked with the Office of Law and Policy on matters of national security law, and a volunteer intern for the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. She was a summer associate at WilmerHale in 2017 and a judicial law intern to the Honorable Tanya Chutkan for the US District Court for the District of Columbia in 2016. 

Prior to law school, Ms. Brown worked for eight years in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the US Department of Defense, where she focused on biosafety, biosecurity, biosurveillance and counterproliferation. She joined DTRA as a presidential management fellow in the Nuclear Program Division and completed the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program. 

Previously, she was a defense analyst consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and interned with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2018

      Senior Editor, National Security Law Journal, President, National Security & Law Association, Board Member, Lambda
    • MA, Securities Studies, Georgetown, 2007

      Focus in US National Security
    • BA, International Relations, Brown University, 2005

      Focus in Global Security
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia