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Laurel Saito

Associate


Laurel Saito is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade and International Dispute Resolution groups. Laurel’s international trade practice includes U.S. export controls, U.S. economic sanctions, import regulatory compliance, and various aspects of international trade litigation. Her practice spans transactions, investigations, and compliance and regulatory advice.

Laurel’s international arbitration practice focuses on cross-border disputes, including commercial and investment arbitration, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and Anti-Terrorism Act litigation, including victims of terrorism.

Laurel maintains an active pro bono practice representing clients seeking asylum.

Laurel received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated cum laude. While in law school, she studied abroad in London and served as a student attorney representing clients at risk of eviction with Rising for Justice’s Housing Advocacy and Litigation Clinic. She also assisted with an International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) family reunification case and interviewed refugees in Amman with IRAP’s Jordan office.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Laurel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and worked with immigrant and refugee youth at nonprofits in Seattle and New York City. She also interned in Phnom Penh with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, which provides assistance to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to prosecute senior members of the Khmer Rouge for genocide and other serious crimes.

Education

  • Seattle University, B.A., cum laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude

Affiliations

Admissions

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, California

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"Balancing US/China Export Controls," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (June 21, 2022). Speakers: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jeremy Iloulian, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito, and Zhiwei Chen
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"Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of May 6, 2022]," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law Blog (May 6, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Michelle Linderman, Caroline Brown, Nicole Succar, Anand Sithian, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito, and Rachel Schumacher.
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"Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of April 7, 2022]," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 8, 2022). Authors: Caroline E. Brown, Carlton Greene, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Anand Sithian, Edward Goetz and Laurel Saito.
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"Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of March 31, 2022]," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 1, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Anand Sithian and Laurel Saito.
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"Russia Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of March 10, 2022]," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 12, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, David (Dj) Wolff, Michelle J. Linderman, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Anand Sithian, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito and Rachel Schumacher.
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"Export Controls Year in Review 2021," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (February 2, 2022). Speakers: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Robert Clifton Burns, Nimrah Najeeb, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito, Rachel Schumacher
Speech/Presentation
"Presidential Nominees Join the Bureau of Industry and Security," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (January 14, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Laurel Saito and Edward Goetz.
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"Congress Passes Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (December 22, 2021). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jackson C. Pai, Laurel Saito and Martín Yerovi.
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"President Biden Imposes Additional Sanctions on Russia," International Trade Bulletin (April 16, 2021). Contacts: David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Caroline E. Brown, Robert Clifton Burns, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito
Client Alert / Newsletter
"BIS Rule on Military Intelligence End User Restrictions Becomes Effective Despite White House Regulatory Review," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 2, 2021). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath and Laurel Saito.
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