National Security, Export Control and Sanctions

Our firm has one of the premier national security law practices in the country, including former high-ranking officials of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, DOJ, and Department of State. We advise clients on transactional and litigation matters involving export controls, electronic surveillance, security clearances, and foreign payments. Our experience extends to representing companies and individuals in criminal or enforcement proceedings with national security implications. In recent years, we have represented employees of government agencies accused of security violations or leaks, and individuals and corporations accused of violating US sanctions or export regulations, or of making illegal foreign payments. Several of our attorneys have current Top Secret clearances and are widely known and respected in the national security community.


  • Ambassador Robin Raphel, a career Foreign Service Officer and one of the US government's most senior advisers on Pakistan and South Asian issues, in a classified information inquiry by DOJ and the DC US Attorney's Office. The Justice Department closed its espionage investigation and will file no charges.
  • Gen. David Petraeus in national security inquiries and congressional hearings.
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as government witness in DOJ leak prosecution, U.S. v. Sterling in E.D. Virginia federal court.
  • Defense contractor in internal investigation relating to classified contracts and security clearance issue.
  • Various individuals challenging Interpol Red Notices.
  • Individual challenging extradition from the United States.
  • Individual indicted on terrorism-related charges, including conspiracy to levy war against the United States.
  • Jacques Dessange, Inc. in multi-defendant immigration fraud conspiracy trial in the Southern District of New York ending with a small corporate fine and community service and no employee convictions.
  • The extradition of the political head of Hamas, and appeals arising from the first 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial and the Manila airline bombing trial.
  • Won pre-trial dismissal of all charges in the First Amendment prosecution brought against two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), known as the "AIPAC Espionage Act case."
  • High tech clients on government's national security efforts to persuade or compel them to produce proprietary and customer information.
  • Press on the publication of classified information, and on efforts to obtain law enforcement and national security information from the government.
  • Companies under administrative and/or criminal investigation by Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for immigration violations.
  • Corporate officer of a meatpacking company indicted in one of ICE's largest criminal immigration-fraud investigations.
  • Companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and in enforcement and licensing proceedings before OFAC, in connection with Iran, Cuba, and other sanctions.
  • Client charged with violating the OFAC Iran sanctions in four-week federal criminal case in the Southern District of New York; primary counts of conviction reversed on appeal.
  • Ravi Telluri, the business owner of a significant IT placement firm in a criminal immigration matter.
  • Prime government contractor and its employees as witnesses in federal prosecution of a subcontractor involving a classified Department of Defense contract, in federal court in Eastern District of Virginia.
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