Barbara R. Mendelson - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Barbara R. Mendelson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Barbara Mendelson is a partner in the Financial Services Group in the New York office.  Her practice involves advising foreign and U.S. banks in a variety of complex regulatory matters, including sales and acquisitions of U.S. banking and nonbanking firms, Dodd-Frank Act issues, applications to federal and state bank regulators for expansion of activities and new products, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC matters and over-the-counter and exchange-based trading of various instruments and derivatives.  She has represented foreign banks in their U.S. operations for more than 25 years.  Ms. Mendelson has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial banks and other subsidiaries of foreign banks.  In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Ms. Mendelson works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency reserves and other assets.  


Ms. Mendelson is a contributing author of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States (West 2012) and a co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012). Ms. Mendelson was awarded a "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City). In addition, she has been recommended as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 for 2014, Chambers USA for 2013 and by Legal 500 US for 2013, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2014) andInternational Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2014. Ms. Mendelson was shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards in both 2012 and 2013 in the category of Financial Regulation.

She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  Additionally, Ms. Mendelson is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.



Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteBS 1976University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1981
Cyrus Vance Center International Justice, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Case History

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Client Comments

"Barbara R. Mendelson is very knowledgeable in her areas and very responsive and understanding. Her expertise in Banking Law was very helpful in solving the case for us. In addition, she effectively provided advice, and she always follows up and responds to you without any delays."

-Nancy Li
Bank of Communications

"Barbara Mendelson's expertise in financial services regulation, banking, and finance law is indisputable. Her knowledge in these areas is both broad and deep. She is accessible to her clients, even when she's traveling internationally, and always willing to go the extra mile. On top of all that, she's just a great person and a pleasure to deal with."

"Barbara Mendelson is knowledgeable and very good at following up on the cases."

-Nancy Li
Bank of Communications

Office Location

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9601
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Financial Services Regulation Law of the New York City Metro Area
Barbara R. Mendelson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Banking Operations, BSA/AML, Derivatives, Finance, Financial Institutions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory)
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance

Other Information

Gender: Female