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Overview

Clients value that Tony is an international trade and supply chain attorney with a national security background.

Formerly a counterterrorism specialist at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) within the Department of Defense (DoD), Tony is a national security-focused international trade attorney. Tony advises clients on export control matters pertaining to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Tony also provides the export control profile required for “critical technologies” analysis in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters. Additionally, Tony counsels clients seeking to comply with Census Bureau Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) Anti-boycott Regulations, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions.

Tony’s export compliance services include:

  • Self-classification analysis
  • License applications and classification requests
  • Voluntary self-disclosures
  • Encryption export controls (License Exception ENC) compliance
  • M&A due diligence

Tony began his practice in federal government contracting, investigations, and False Claims Act litigation and is thus particularly sensitive to the needs of clients doing business with the government or subject to government investigation.


Services

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Global Studies Law Review, staff editor
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism
  • B.S., University of South Carolina
    • cum laude
    • International Business/Corporate Finance
    • Studied Arabic abroad in Syria, Jordan and Egypt through Boren and Rotary scholarships

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Not admitted in DC; practice limited pursuant to D.C. App R. 49(c)(8), with supervision by Cortney Morgan, member of the DC Bar.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association (ABA), International Law Section
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML)
  • Society for International Affairs (SIA)
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

Languages

  • Arabic, moderate


*Contact Tony to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Washington, DC office.
Experience

International Trade

  • Wrote export license application successfully overcoming BIS presumption of denial of applications for export to Chinese telecommunications company subject to recent US restricted party designations.
  • Identified prohibited transaction undertaken by a target company in an acquisition while working on behalf of publicly traded client.
  • Performed self-classification analysis of a cybersecurity training product containing cryptanalysis and provided compliance documents and guidance enabling export pursuant to License Exception ENC.
  • Represented a publicly traded company in its voluntary self-disclosures of export violations to BIS and the Census Bureau involving products requiring use of License Exception ENC.
  • Identified and described EAR violations by a target company in an acquisition causing a publicly traded company client to conduct extensive post-acquisition mitigation and investigation.
  • Described risk that major technology consultancy client produces, designs, tests, manufactures, fabricates, or develops critical technologies as part of CFIUS analysis resulting in client disclaiming liability for any potential CFIUS violations during an acquisition by another company.
  • Advised foreign client on application of EAR de minimis rules.
  • Performed counterparty due diligence for global technology company seeking to comply with OFAC sanctions.
  • Advised client on compliance with sanctions regime against Iran under The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Internal Investigations and Litigation

  • Managed internal investigations of a publicly traded government contractor pursuant to DoD regulations and Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) rules satisfying investigators' concerns and resulting in no further investigations undertaken and no complaints or claims filed.
  • Undertook internal investigation of alleged inflation of incurred costs at publicly traded aerospace and defense company successfully satisfying government investigators that no violations occurred.
  • Wrote objections to a third party subpoena served on a publicly traded aerospace and defense company client successfully reducing scope of documents sought to a fraction of those originally requested.
  • Wrote Motion to Vacate Judgment on behalf of third-party garnishee nationally chartered bank successfully convincing plaintiff to consent to entry of an Order vacating judgment against the bank.
  • Managed domestication and service of subpoenas to out-of-state third parties in five different states on behalf of national healthcare client involved in bet-the-company litigation against a direct competitor.
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Outside the Office

Tony treasures time spent with his three young children. The family enjoys traveling, with a recent trip to Turkey. Tony is also an avid tennis player.

Community Leadership

Tony regularly devotes his time and legal skills to pro bono work, including sealing of criminal records and resolving landlord-tenant matters.

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