NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 – Jenner & Block today launched a National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls practice to represent clients in high-profile and precedent-setting litigation involving national security and foreign affairs, and to help clients navigate the complex legal and policy landscape that governs international sanctions and trade controls.
“Our team’s experience in national security issues provides our firm with the unique ability to represent clients in litigation involving terrorism, state secrets, political suppression, and state-sponsored hacking,” said Jenner & Block Co-Managing Partners Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg. “We’re also well-positioned to help our clients navigate extremely complex legal issues that can arise in corporate transactions or that generate compliance risk, including economic sanctions, export controls, and foreign investment in the United States and the United Kingdom.”
The global team brings deep credibility on national security issues and international sanctions and trade controls, drawing on the experience of two former US ambassadors and National Security Council officials, a former FBI General Counsel and a lead prosecutor in Robert S. Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office, a former senior lawyer in the United States Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, a former prosecutor at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Office (HMRC) and at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), a former principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and former lead investigative counsel for the Minority in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.
Former US Ambassadors David Pressman and Lee S. Wolosky in New York will jointly lead the practice with Rachel Alpert in Washington, DC, and Paul Feldberg in London. Other key partners include Andrew Weissmann in New York, Keisha Stanford, David Bitkower, Douglass Mitchell, and Aaron Cooper in Washington, DC, Shoba Pillay in Chicago, and Rob Dalling in London.
Jenner & Block has served clients in a number of areas, including representation of the 9/11 families in multibillion dollar judgement enforcement proceedings against Iran, representation of the sole US citizen killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in proceedings against banks and money service businesses that provide financial services to separatist groups responsible for the attack, monitoring of global tier-one financial institutions implicating US sanctions violations and other national security considerations, engaging with the US and UK government regarding sanctions designations and other sanctions actions, as well as export control issues, and guiding clients on specialized legal and factual issues that accompany national security-related cyber threats, among other matters.
“We are uniquely experienced to handle the most complex and sensitive national security matters in the courts, and the most complex sanctions and trade matters before regulators and enforcement authorities in the US and Europe,” said former US Ambassador Wolosky. “Our team of skilled attorneys counsels clients on critical national security and cyber matters, as well as how to work effectively – and judiciously – with relevant government agencies, including the FBI, the Intelligence Community, and the Treasury and Justice Departments.”
“With a robust list of global clients with crucial business needs, the firm’s team is also well situated to advise clients in the United States, the United Kingdom, and globally on compliance with relevant sanctions and export control regulations,” added Ms. Alpert. “Our team of global experts proactively monitors significant developments around the world that affect clients’ global operations and supply chain needs, and counsels clients on business-critical issues whether it’s investigating potential violations and sanctions or navigating license requirements.”