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 2009-2017 editions of Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business for his outstanding international trade: export control and economic sanctions practice.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2008-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of international trade and finance law.
  • Recognized as a national leader in international trade: export controls and economic sanctions in the 2008-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2012-2016 editions of Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Attorneys.
  • Selected as a "Super Lawyer" in the 2014-2017 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers for his international trade practice.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for his international trade practice.

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

December 22, 2017

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

This article also appeared on the New York University School of Law Compliance and Enforcement Blog.

November 16, 2017

The US Revises Commercial and Travel Sanctions Against Cuba

The US Departments of the Treasury and Commerce implemented President Trump's June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum that was designed to tighten restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and on dealings with Cuban military-related entities.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.

August 28, 2017

New Sanctions Prohibit US Firms From Wide Range of Dealings With Venezuelan Government and PdVSA

On August 24, the Trump Administration significantly expanded sanctions against the Government of Venezuela, including state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

July 31, 2017

President Expected to Sign New Sanctions Bill to Constrain Presidential Authority While Expanding "Sanctions Toolkit" for Russia, Iran, and North Korea

On July 27, the US Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a comprehensive sanctions bill that expands US sanctions against three countries: Russia, Iran and North Korea.

June 20, 2017

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump signaled a partial reversal of US policy in a speech in Miami and the issuance of a National Security Presidential Memorandum, focusing on new restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and on dealings with Cuban military-related entities.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

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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District of Columbia

New York

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