Neena Shenai is a seasoned legal professional with over 20 years of legal, compliance and policy experience in global cross-border activities in the private sector and in government. Ms. Shenai focuses her practice on sanctions and export controls, import/customs, CFIUS, M&A due diligence and trade policy.

From 2015-2023, Ms. Shenai held several senior roles for Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company. While at Medtronic, she served as chief legal counsel and head of compliance for global trade matters impacting the company’s operations in over 150 countries, including sanctions and export controls, import and strategic supply chain issues, risk management and mitigation, corporate due diligence and trade policy.

Ms. Shenai served as a trade counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means during the chairmanships of then-Reps. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Paul Ryan (R-WI). She has also worked as a trade policy counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as the senior adviser to the assistant secretary for export administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security at the US Department of Commerce.

Ms. Shenai previously was in private practice as an associate in the Washington, DC office of another international law firm and a professional trainee in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization. She clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach on the US Court of International Trade.

Professional Activities

Ms. Shenai has been a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) since 2017, where her research focuses on global trade, international economics and globalization. The author of several papers and articles on international economic issues, she has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the BBC, Financial Times, RealClearPolicy, Market Watch, Voice of America, and Aspen Ideas and has served on task forces and projects at both the Council on Foreign Relations and AEI. Ms. Shenai is also a board member of the Washington International Trade Association. 

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  • Education

    • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2003

    • MPhil, International Relations, University of Oxford, St. Antony's College, 2000

    • BA, Swarthmore College, 1998

      With high honors
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    • US Court of International Trade

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Evan J. Wallach, US Court of International Trade, 2003 - 2005



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