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Vinoda Basnayake

Of Counsel

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
vinoda.basnayake@nelsonmullins.com

Vinoda Basnayake is of counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Washington office where he assists foreign governments and international corporations in legislative and policy matters. In addition to his international experience, Mr. Basnayake has strong local connections within the Washington DC community. He chairs the Firm's District of Columbia Government Relations Practice.

Vinoda Basnayake is of counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Washington office where he assists foreign governments and international corporations in legislative and policy matters. In addition to his international experience, Mr. Basnayake has strong local connections within the Washington DC community. He chairs the Firm's District of Columbia Government Relations Practice.

Vinoda Basnayake is of counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Washington office where he assists foreign governments and international corporations in legislative and policy matters. In addition to his international experience, Mr. Basnayake has strong local connections within the Washington DC community. He chairs the Firm's District of Columbia Government Relations Practice.

Experience

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Experience

  • Advises foreign governments on U.S. policy and on how best to enhance their relationships with the U.S. government and advocate their policy objectives
  • Has organized and participated in congressional delegations, trade missions, and regional economic conferences for sovereign clients
  • Has advised international corporations looking to enter new markets or enhance international operations
  • Has an extensive network of contacts and access to specialized local resources throughout the Middle East and South Asia
  • Has worked with developers looking to enhance their footprint in Washington DC
  • Has lobbied the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the City Council on various matters regarding economic development

Previous Professional Experience

  • Patton Boggs LLP, Associate and Special Advisor, Sovereign Representation Practice (2008-2014)
  • International Gateway, International Trade Center, Interim Director (2006)
  • World Bank, Development Economics Group, Financial Analyst (2003-2005)
  • U.S. Congressman Ronald Dellums (CA-9) (2002)

 

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD (2008)
  • The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania , Certificate in Business and Public Policy (2008)
  • Georgetown University, BSBA, cum laude (2003)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey

Practice Areas

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  • Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40, Washington Life (2010-2016)
  • Washington's Power 30 Under 30 (2010)
  • Commissioner, D.C. Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission
  • Board of Directors, DC Vote
  • CityCenterDC Residential Advisory Committee, Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s Representative
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