Mr. Ferrari’s main areas of practice are assisting clients to comply with and address issues related to U.S. economic sanctions. In this capacity he works extensively on issues arising before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).
In his OFAC practice, Mr. Ferrari represents both private individuals and entities in various parts of the U.S. and in numerous countries around the world.
Mr. Ferrari’s representations before OFAC frequently involve licensing matters and investigations concerning the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, and the Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions Regulations. As part of these representations, Mr. Ferrari has worked to have individuals' names removed from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals list, answer administrative subpoenas issued during the course of an OFAC investigation, procured OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC regulations, drafted voluntary self-disclosures to report OFAC violations, developed and implemented OFAC compliance programs for international trade companies, and provided general counseling on OFAC related issues.
Mr. Ferrari actively writes on OFAC administered trade sanctions and has been published on the matter. In addition, he is often called upon by media outlets to speak on U.S. trade sanctions issues. He has been interviewed on OFAC related issues by CNN, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the BBC. He is the founder and author of a U.S. economic sanctions blog: www.sanctionlaw.com.
Mr. Ferrari also has served as lead counsel in a number of civil litgation matters involving the federal government. Most notably, he has been involved in lawsuits against OFAC for SDN Reconsiderations, and for blocking of assets due to U.S. economic sanctions programs. These representations include federal appeals of OFAC SDN designations under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. In addition, he has represented parties whose assets have been seized for forfeiture in part because of their alleged connection to parties on the OFAC SDN List.
Federal Criminal Defense
Mr. Ferrari has served as lead trial counsel on a number of complex federal white collar defense cases. He is a seasoned litigator and also has a masterful understanding of both pre-trial and post-trial procedures.
Amongst other matters, Mr. Ferrari has successfully handled:
1. IEEPA (sanctions) Criminal Cases
2. Mail and Wire Fraud Cases
3. Export Control Violaitons under the Arms Control Export Act
4. Tax fraud
5. Money laundering
6. Drug trafficking/importation
7. Public corruption
8. Federal Appeals
Mr. Ferrari has handled matters throughout the United States, including Maryland, New York, Texas, North Dakota, Florida, California, Virginia and Washington D.C. He also assists clients in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Bar Admissions and Associations
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
Iranian American Bar Association-National Board of Directors (former)
Licensed since 2007
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I have had the distinct privilege of knowing attorney Erich Ferrari since 2010. Erich is a great source of the US sanctions laws against Iran and has educated the Iranian-American community throughout the US in this matter by conducting numerous educational seminars nationwide. I have referred many clients to Erich with great results. He handles Federal Regulations and Federal Crimes cases with competence and success. One of Erich’s books on the laws of US sanctions against Iran is used as a reference and educational material by many other lawyers dealing with the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) cases. I have been honored to be on a panel with him discussing the laws of sanction and found him to have a profound understanding of the law. In addition, Erich is extremely humble and possesses an exceptional human demeanor. Thanks for educating all of us, Erich. I endorse Erich Ferrari very strongly for the areas of law he practices.
Zaher Fallahi Tax Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Erich Ferrari is an exceptional lawyer. I have watched him command an audience with his knowledge of the law and his ability to communicate it. He is a thoughtful, compelling counselor and advocate, and I endorse him wholeheartedly.
Mani Dabiri Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Senior Principal/Founder||Ferrari & Associates, P.C.||2009 - Present|
|Associate/Partner||McNabb Associates, P.C.||2007 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Iranian American Bar Association-National Board of Directors||President||2011 - 2013|
|Iranian American Bar Association-DC Chapter||Board of Directors||2010 - 2014|
|Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods||Mistrial|
|North Dakota Drug Trafficking Matter||2 years imprisonment|
|Wire Fraud Involving Former Public Official||Reduced sentence from 20 years to 10 years.|
|St. Mary's University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2006|
|Purdue University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|IABA NYC CLE Event||Iran Sanctions in 2013||2013|
|OFAC's Whirlwind Summer||OFAC Sanctions||2012|
|ACI 2012 OFAC Boot Camp||OFAC Sanctions and Facilitation||2012|
|OFAC Iran Sanctions Update||Funds Transfers from Iran and the Specter of Criminal Liability||2011|
|ACI 2011 OFAC Boot Camp||Getting to Know OFAC||2011|
|IABA Overview of Iran Sanctions||History of the Iranian Transactions Regulations||2010|