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Amy Jeffress co-chairs the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations practice. Ms. Jeffress represents clients in criminal defense, national security, and compliance matters. She conducts internal investigations and advises companies and individuals on export enforcement, FCPA, classified information, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and mutual legal assistance and other international law enforcement issues, including extradition and INTERPOL notices.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Jeffress served as the Justice Department Attaché to the US Embassy in London, where she coordinated cooperation between US and UK authorities on criminal matters. She previously served as Counselor to the Attorney General, advising the Attorney General and senior Department leadership and interfacing regularly with the White House and National Security Council, the intelligence community, and other agencies on national security investigations and prosecutions and international matters.

Ms. Jeffress tried more than 40 cases during her 13 years as a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. She served as Chief of the National Security Section, conducting and supervising investigations and prosecutions of international and domestic terrorism, espionage, export control violations, and other crimes related to national security.

Experience

  • Multiple companies and individuals in government and internal investigations relating to export enforcement, including alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, and United Nations sanctions. Gained specific experience involving sanctions relating to China, Iran, Russia, and Cuba.
  • Companies and individuals on a range of matters relating to national security, including handling of classified information and security clearances.
  • Multiple individuals in FCPA investigations, including DOJ and SEC investigations of a global biopharmaceutical company, a global technology provider, and a major commodity trading and mining company.
  • Former State Department official in high-profile Department of Justice investigation; successfully obtained declination.
  • Numerous individuals in white collar criminal investigations, during Grand Jury proceedings and at trial.
  • Companies seeking guidance on FCPA, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, OFAC, and SEC compliance.
  • Public company in internal investigation of SEC whistleblower allegations.
  • Individuals challenging INTERPOL Red Notices; obtained decisions from INTERPOL to delete or block Red Notices in four separate individual matters.
  • Multiple individuals challenging extradition to and from the United States.
  • U.S. Senator in non-public U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
  • Lisa Page, former senior FBI attorney, before the House Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the FBI's investigations of the Clinton email server and Russian interference in the U.S. election.
  • Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt in his appearance before the Senate Homeland Security Committee investigation of alleged conflicts of interest.
  • Stanford University in House Judiciary Committee investigation. 
  • Financial services company in House Financial Services investigation.

Perspectives

Global Anti-Corruption Insights: Winter 2024
Update on Recent Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Developments
In a Rare Move, DOJ Enters DPAs To Resolve Two Individual FARA Prosecutions
Enforcement Edge: Shining Light on Government Enforcement
Deskbook on Internal Investigations, Corporate Compliance, and White Collar Issues (2nd ed.)
Practising Law Institute
The First but Not the Last: DOJ Announces Historic Charges Against Four Russian Nationals for War Crimes in Ukraine
FARA Bar and DOJ Officials Meet for ACI’s 5th National Forum on FARA
Enforcement Edge: Shining Light on Government Enforcement
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Recognition

Lawdragon 500
Leading Litigator — White Collar Defense & Investigations (2024)
Chambers USA Awards
White-Collar Lawyer of the Year (2022)
The Legal 500 U.S.
"Leading Lawyers" Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals (2022-2023)
Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (Advice to Corporates) (2023)
International Litigation (2021)
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Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
  • Diploma, Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, 1989
  • B.A., Political Science, Williams College, 1987, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Government & Military Service

  • U.S. Department of Justice Attaché, U.S. Embassy London
  • Counselor to the Attorney General for National Security and International Matters, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Chief, National Security Section, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, The Honorable Gerhard Gesell

Activities

  • Director, British-American Business Association (BABA)
  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court

  • Member, Advisory Committee to the US District Court for the District of Columbia on the Local Rules

  • Board Member, DC Circuit Historical Society

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