Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute

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The NAM’s award-winning Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute (MCI) provides NAM members with free, limited access to world-class attorneys to help answer questions on labor, environmental, product safety, trade and intellectual property regulations. The Association of Corporate Counsel of the National Capital Region recognized the MCI with a 2018 “In-House Innovators” Award.

NAM Members receive prompt responses to legal questions, a 30-minute phone call with world-class legal counsel, advice on local, federal, national and global legal issues and a 10% discount on rates if members retain legal counsel.

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The Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute offers world-class legal counsel on a range of issues.

Environmental Law

Manufacturers are delivering responsible environmental stewardship along with strong economic growth – but state and federal mandates threaten to tie businesses up in regulations and red tape. That’s why the Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute offers access to Sidley Austin’s environmental practice, consisting of more than 30 lawyers worldwide, and Crowell & Moring’s environmental practice, including more than 25 counselors, litigators, and trial lawyers. These two firms are nationally recognized for their success in handling the most complicated matters arising under environmental and natural resources laws – from sustainability reporting requirements to avoiding third-party lawsuits – and provide the top-tier legal counsel our members need and deserve.


Manufacturing is a global business. From unraveling complicated international regulations to accessing unique markets around the world, manufacturers navigate a range of issues that require deep industry knowledge and wide-ranging legal insight. With an army of legal experts in 46 offices across 21 countries, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP provides NAM members with world-class counsel on international trade and business matters – offering unmatched legal expertise and industry perspective on issues from export fundamentals to tariffs at no additional cost.

Intellectual Property

The manufacturing sector accounts for three quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation, but counterfeit and infringing goods can cause serious damage to a business’ ability to succeed and thrive. That’s why the Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute is proud to offer the services of more than 250 lawyers at Wiley Rein LLP – a firm at the intersection of politics, law, government, business and technological innovation that has earned international prominence for representing clients in complex, high-stakes regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. The NAM is deeply committed to safeguarding intellectual property rights in order to protect consumers, promote competitiveness and advance U.S. leadership in emerging technologies – and the experts from Wiley Rein LLP serve on the front lines.

Labor and Employment

The NAM is committed to defending the rights of manufacturers and their employees. Whether you need counsel on unionization efforts, advice on Department of Labor actions, or expert guidance on state-specific regulations, the Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute is on your side – and the attorneys at Littler Mendelson are standing up for your needs. With more than 1,000 attorneys and over 70 offices around the globe, Littler Mendelson is the largest labor-management and employment law firm in the world, offering top-tier legal advice on the issues that govern your workplace. As you seek to protect employer-employee relations and fight harmful changes to our labor law system, Littler Mendelson will be a strong ally and a vital resource.

Product Safety

When potential product safety concerns arise, manufacturers need to react quickly and effectively. That’s why the Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute offers counsel from Shook, Hardy & Bacon, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s premiere product liability litigation firms. An international law firm with a stable of nearly 500 attorneys, Shook, Hardy & Bacon can guide you through risk management strategies, crisis response plans, product recall requirements, product liability defenses, and product safety information so that you can focus your energy on delivering the outstanding services that sustain and grow your business.

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