Representative Engagements

  • Represented an official of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in parallel investigations of IRS targeting of political advocacy organizations applying for tax-exempt status by the U.S. Department of Justice, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Department of the Treasury's Office of the Inspector General for Tax Administration.
  • Counseled a start-up U.S. company engaged in international business operations on compliance with anti-bribery laws, U.S. economic sanctions laws, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and other laws.
  • Trial defense of a nuclear power plant employee in United States v. Alavi (D. Ariz.) on charges that he committed criminal violations of International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Iranian Transaction Regulations. (Resulting in mistrial, favorable plea agreement, and dismissal of main charge.)
  • Counseled a firm in assessing whether it had an obligation to register under FARA, and assisted in preparing its registration statement and related filings.
  • Represented a witness in a federal grand jury investigation regarding a public corruption matter.
  • Represented a senior official of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in parallel investigations of "Operation Fast and Furious" by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Counseled a Fortune 100 company regarding compliance with federal government contract laws.
  • Represented an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency in a federal criminal investigation regarding the leak of classified information.
  • Represented a senior official of the Office of the Inspector General of an Executive Branch department in a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Represented an FBI agent in United States v. Stantchev (D. N.J.) in a criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the misuse of a government computer system. (Resolved by plea to misdemeanor.)
  • Represented a Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in an investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Advised a high-tech company on necessary actions to avoid potential criminal liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") regarding the company's foreign business operations.
  • Represented a U.S. Government contract employee in United States v. Yontz (D.D.C.) in a criminal prosecution by Office of Public Integrity, U.S. Department of Justice, for unlawfully accessing information from electronic passport records of the U.S. Department of State. (Resolved by plea to misdemeanor.)
  • Represented a Central Intelligence Agency official in a criminal investigation by U.S. Department of Justice regarding treatment of terrorism detainees. (No criminal charges.)
  • Represented a senior official at the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of State, before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, concerning alleged obstruction of Department of Justice and congressional investigations regarding government contractor abuses in Iraq. (No criminal charges.)
  • Represented a company in an investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the U.S. House of Representatives ("House Ethics Committee").
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of international shipping company regarding potential violations of U.S. export control laws relating to Iran.
  • Represented a non-profit company before the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), U.S. Department of the Treasury, concerning the production of a documentary film in a sanctioned country. (Resulting in no-action letter.)
  • Represented an employee of a federal government contractor in a proceeding by Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals to revoke his security clearance. (Resulting in government's own dismissal of action.)
  • Represented a former senior official at U.S. Department of Defense in an oversight investigation of military detainee interrogation policy by the Committee on Armed Services of the U.S. Senate.
  • Represented a former official at Department of Justice in an oversight investigation by Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, regarding financial grants by Department of Justice, and in a parallel criminal investigation by Office of Public Integrity, U.S. Department of Justice. (No criminal charges.)
  • Obtained a license from OFAC for a prominent Iranian-American musician to import instruments from Iran.
  • Served as outside ethics counsel to the City of New Orleans in connection with ongoing criminal investigations.
  • Obtained an international treaty transfer agreement from U.S. Department of Justice that enabled a convicted defendant in a U.S. fraud case to serve the remainder of her sentence in her country of origin.
  • Advised a defense industry company on policies to ensure compliance with federal government contracting laws.

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