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Annie Motto is an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where she currently practices in the firm’s Litigation Department, and is a member of the International Trade practice group.
Ms. Motto advises clients on compliance with export controls (ITAR and EAR), economic sanctions, foreign investment reviews, and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). She also defends clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, including preparing questionnaire responses and filings in anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings and sunset reviews. She conducts internal investigations, prepares voluntary disclosures and directed disclosure responses, and works with clients to improve their trade compliance programs.
Ms. Motto also represents pro bono clients in immigration matters, helping them secure Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States.
Ms. Motto earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, was a national champion on the trial advocacy team, and graduated seventh in her class.
Ms. Motto earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Motto served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, where she gained substantial trial and appellate litigation experience representing the United States in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including international trade, bid protests, breach of contract, veterans benefits, and employee and personnel suits. As a Trial Attorney, she argued more than 25 cases in federal trial and appellate courts and achieved a directed verdict in favor of the United States in a trial where plaintiff sought more than $6 million in damages. Ms. Motto received a Special Commendation Award and Attorney General’s Award—the Department’s highest award for attorneys—for work she did as part of a team defending the United States in high-profile international trade and national security matters. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Motto served as a law clerk to The Honorable Karen L. Hayes in the Western District of Louisiana and The Honorable Joe Billy McDade in the Central District of Illinois.
Ms. Motto is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Illinois Institute of Technology - 2016 Juris Doctor
University of Minnesota - 2013 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar