Mary Mikhaeel is a Senior Associate in the International department. She focuses her practice on U.S. anti-forced labor laws and business and human rights matters. Ms. Mikhaeel supports companies in furthering their commitment to respecting human rights (as defined in the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)) by assisting with compliance program building, conducting risk assessments, advising on human rights investigations, and developing due diligence procedures. She also advises clients on customs matters and represents them before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Ms. Mikhaeel counsels clients across a wide range of industries, including automotive, apparel, and renewable energy, on mitigating their risks under U.S. anti-forced labor laws, developing compliance programs to address those risks, and responding to CBP detentions. She assists organizations with implementing modern slavery compliance programs, conducting human rights risk assessments, and counseling clients on supply chain compliance and due diligence laws, including the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and Withhold Release Orders (WROs).
Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Mikhaeel worked at an Am Law 100 firm on international trade and government contracts matters. Ms. Mikhaeel was also a law clerk for the Department of Commerce's (DOC) Office of the Inspector General and an intern for the DOC's International Trade Administration, Commercial Service.
During law school, Ms. Mikhaeel was president of the International Law Society, dedicated to helping law students learn more about international law. She was a member of The George Washington International Law Review and contributed to the annual publication of the Human Rights chapter of Guide to International Legal Research by the George Washington University Law School.
Prior to law school, Ms. Mikhaeel worked for a human rights organization, where her work focused on the intersection of business and human rights. Ms. Mikhaeel also worked for the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Program on a variety of human rights matters including a forced displacement case before the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Mikhaeel also worked as part of a team of researchers on the development of the first database focused on monitoring businesses' possible human rights violations in Latin America, and previously interned for an international non-profit organization in Minneapolis holding Special Consultative Status at the United Nations.
- Law Clerk, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2017
- Intern, International Trade Administration, Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2013 - 2014
- District of Columbia