Amy 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Ethical Guidance in Conducting Internal Investigations: The Intersection of Yates and Upjohn
ABA's 2019 Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute, Braselton, GA
GIR Know-How Extradition: United States (pdf)
Global Investigations Review
Defending Your Client Under Congressional Investigation
Speaker, American Bar Association—Criminal Justice Section, Washington, DC
Welcoming the 116th Congress: How to Prepare for the Congressional Investigations Boom
Arnold & Porter's Insights for Nonprofit Organizations, Washington, DC
US Sanctions Against Iran Re-Imposed as Wind-Down Periods for Iran Deal Expire


The Legal 500 US
Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (2015, 2017, 2019)
Chambers USA
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) (2018-2019)
Washingtonian Magazine
"Top Lawyers" – White Collar (2017, 2018)
"Top Lawyers" – National Security (2015)


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1992
  • Diploma, Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, 1989
  • BA, Political Science, Williams College, 1987, magna cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Government & Military Service
  • Justice Department Attaché, US Embassy London
  • Counselor to the Attorney General for National Security and International Matters, Department of Justice
  • Chief, National Security Section, US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

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