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David Laufman is a Washington, D.C., attorney with more than 20 years of experience resolving complex litigation, investigative, and compliance issues for corporations and individuals. Leveraging his background as a former federal prosecutor, senior Department of Justice official, and investigative attorney in the House of Representatives, Mr. Laufman is a white collar litigator specializing in internal corporate investigations and the defense of federal enforcement and congressional investigations. He also counsels companies and individuals regarding compliance with federal criminal and regulatory laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 75%
    4 years
  2. International Law: 15%
    4 years
  3. Ethics: 10%
    4 years

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    David has a wide-range of experiences both in the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government, as well as the private sector, that will serve you well in your white collar defense needs.


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Law Offices of David H. Laufman, PLLC

1000 Potomac St., NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC, 20007-3501


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award for Excellence in InvestigationCouncil of the Inspector Generals for Integrity and Efficiency2011
Leader in Kelley Drye's Political Law Practice GroupChambers USA2008
Director's Award for Outstanding Counterterrorism InvestigationFederal Bureau of Investigation2007
John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in LitigationU.S. Department of Justice2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of David H. Laufman, PLLC2011 - 2011
Associate General CounselSpecial Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction2010 - 2011
PartnerKelley Drye & Warren2007 - 2010
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia2003 - 2007
Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney GeneralDepartment of Justice2001 - 2003
Assistant CounselOffice of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Department of Justice2001 - 2001
Staff Director and Deputy Chief CounselJudicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control2000 - 2001
Assistant to Special CounselEthics Reform Task Force, U.S. House of Representatives1997 - 1997
Investigative CounselCommittee on Standards of Official Conduct ("House Ethics Committee"), U.S. House of Representatives1996 - 2000
Senior AssociateManatt, Phelps & Phillips1994 - 1996
Associate Independent CounselOffice of the Independent Counsel (diGenova), Investigation Concerning the Search of William J. Clinton's Passport Files During the 1992 Presidential Election Campaign1993 - 1995
Senior Associate Minority CounselTask Force to Investigate Certain Allegations Concerning the Holding of American Hostages by Iran in 1980 ("October Surprise Task Force"), U.S. House of Representatives1992 - 1993
Deputy Minority CounselCommitte on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives1990 - 1993
AssociateCollier, Shannon, Rill & Scott1987 - 1990
DirectorLaufman International (Political Risk Consulting Firm)1984 - 1985
AnalystU.S. Central Intelligence Agency1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Association of Former Intelligence OfficersMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. AlaviMistrial. Post-trial plea to lesser charge. (As defense counsel)
United States v. YontzGuilty plea. Sentence of probation. (As defense counsel)
United States v. AyeshConvictions on all counts (as prosecutor)
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Washington TimesThe Snowden Effect and NSA Snooping2014
ABA White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, ABA Criminal Justice SectionThe Long(er) Arm of the Law: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Over Public Corruption Offenses2013
Huffington Post"Homeland" Season 3: Carrie, Call Your Lawyer2013
Global Trade and Customs Journal (Kluwer)Man the Firewalls: Cyber Intrusions and Compliance Risks Under U.S. Export Laws2013
American Bar Assocation, Section of International LawCyber Intrusions: Export Control Risk and Compliance2013
The Export Practitioner (PDF copy available upon request)ITAR Compliance Risks from Cyber Intrusions2013
Huffington PostIt Ain't Over 'Till It's Over: Legal Implications of a House Contempt Vote in the "Fast and Furious" Controversy2012
Huffington PostProsecuting Leaks of Classified Information2012
EthisphereFor Whom the Law Tolls: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act2012
Pharmaceutical OutsourcingManaging Risk and Compliance Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act2010
Huffington PostGuantanamo Detainees in U.S. Courts2009
Life Science LeaderStrategies for Avoiding FCPA Liability2009
Connecticut Law TribuneDoesn't Pay to Bribe Foreign Officials2009
Legal Times MagazineWhen Congress Hauls in Your CEO2009
National Law JournalProcurement Rules Are Changing2009
National DefenseTougher Rules: Mandatory Disclosure Regime Raises Stakes for Government Contractors2009
The Export PractitionerLitigating Intent in Export Control Prosecutions2009
Legal Times MagazineGive Justice a Break2008
Government Contract Litigation Reporter.New Regulation Governs Conduct of Security Contractors Not Accompanying U.S. Forces Overseas2008
Government Contract Litigation Reporter.Proposed Regulation Imposes New Ethics Standard and Internal Control Procedures on Government Contractors2008
EthisphereProposed Regulation Imposes New Ethics Standards and Internal Procedures for Government Contractors2008
Metropolitan Corporate CounselCongress Getting Tougher on Government Contracting2008
Legal Times MagazineTerror Trials Work2007
Roll CallOutside Panel Won't Resolve Core Ethics Problems2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of PennsylvaniaInternational RelationsOther - Bachelors1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iraq Reconstruction: A Way Forward From Lessons LearnedIraq Reconstruction: A Way Forward From Lessons Learned2013
Ethisphere Symposium (Webinar)Procurement Compliance: What You Need to Know2013
Practitioners' Guide to National Security Media LeaksProsecuting Media Leaks of National Security Information2012
FCPA BootcampFCPA Issues in Procurement Fraud Investigations2011
Spring MeetingHandling Import Violations in a New Enforcement Era2009
SeminarCongressional Investigations2009
Legal SeminarExport Controls and Economic Sanctions2009
Due Process and Terrorism Program SeriesExploring a Legal Forum for the Trial of Terrorist Suspects2009
Detention, Prosecution, and Punishment of Terrorists: Lessons for the New AdministrationProsecution of Terrorists in Article III Courts2009
Congressional HearingThe Legal, Moral, and National Security Consequences of Prolonged Detention2009
CLE Seminar, New York CityCollision Course: The Coming Struggle Over Corporate Fraud Prosecutions2009
CLE Seminar, New York CityFeeding Frenzy: The Perils of Congressional Investigations2009
Bringing Detainees to Justice and Justice to DetaineesProsecution of Terrorists in Article III Courts2009
2009 Global Ethics SummitThe Spread of Regulation: A Patchwork of Challenges2009
Tower Club Morning Business SeminarGovernment Contract Compliance Challenges: The Latest Regulatory, Enforcement, and Legislative Trends Confronting Government Contractors2008
27th Annual Government Contract Management ConferenceClimate Change: The New Ethics Compliance and Enforcement Regime for Government Contractors2008
2008 Annual Business Ethics and Compliance ConferenceManeuvering the Minefield: The New Ethics Compliance and Enforcement Regime Confronting Government Contractors2008
2008 Administrative Law ConferenceThe Justice Department's Changing Guidelines on Corporate Prosecution2008