Erich Ferrari

Erich Ferrari is our exclusively recommended OFAC Sanctions Law expert in Washington DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erich directly using the contact details listed above.

As the Founder and Principal Attorney of Ferrari & Associates, P.C., Erich represents United States and foreign corporations, financial institutions, exporters, insurers, as well as private individuals in matters arising before, or in matters involving the laws administered by, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), as well as in federal courts involving challenges to OFAC designations, civil seizures and forfeitures due to alleged OFAC sanctions violations, and in criminal investigations and prosecutions for alleged violations of OFAC sanctions. With nearly 14 years of experience in national security law, exports control, and United States economic sanctions, he counsels across industry sectors representing parties in a wide range of OFAC-related matters.

Erich’s representations before OFAC frequently involve matters involving the Iran, Ukraine-/Russia-related, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Counter-Terrorism, and the Counter Narcotics sanctions programs. As part of these representations, he has worked to have names removed from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), responded to OFAC administrative subpoenas, procured OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC, conducted internal investigations and drafted OFAC voluntary self-disclosures, developed and implemented OFAC compliance programs for financial institutions and multi-national companies, and provided general counselling on OFAC related matters to a variety of client.

Erich’s litigation experience includes numerous lawsuits against OFAC arising from both the blocking of assets, as well as those targeting parties under various sanctions authorities. In addition, he has extensive experience representing parties in federal criminal prosecutions, including those involving export control and sanctions violations. He has also represented clients in other litigation including, for instance, federal civil forfeiture administrative and judicial proceedings arising from purported violations of OFAC-administered regulations .

Erich Ferrari actively writes on OFAC-administered trade sanctions on his blog at as well as for publication. In addition, he is often called upon by media outlets to speak on United States trade sanctions issues and has been interviewed on OFAC-related issues by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Significant Clients:

The OFAC lawyers at Ferrari & Associates handle some of the biggest and most complex sanctions cases in the world. Indeed, often times the sanctions-related matters capturing headlines and being discussed by the media involve clients represented by Ferrari & Associates or matters in which the Firm and its clients are involved. It is also common for the OFAC lawyers at Ferrari & Associates to team up with some of the most well-known and well-regarded lawyers and law firms in the world to handle cases involving removal from the OFAC SDN List, defence of high-profile defendants in investigations and prosecutions, and advising top global financial institutions on compliance with United States sanctions.

As noted in the case summaries below, the clients taken on by the OFAC lawyers at Ferrari & Associates range from private individuals to state-owned enterprises and global financial institutions. The matters involve every type of OFAC case imaginable from routine compliance work such as helping a financial institution or multi-national corporation prepare, adopt and implement sanctions compliance policies and procedures to filing lawsuits against OFAC to challenge the designations they make to the SDN List.

The range of matters that Ferrari & Associates take on and the variety of its clientele, allows the firm to have a 360 degree view of how United States sanctions work from procedural, substantive, and policy perspectives. This view provides a level of specific expertise not found in every law firm that handles United States sanctions work, which provides our clients with real insight on what the law means and what can be expected if certain approaches to their case are undertaken. Anyone can read the law for themselves, but interacting with OFAC on a daily basis and constantly reviewing and interpreting their actions gives Ferrari & Associates uncommon insight as to how the agency will react in response to certain circumstances or situations. This insight significantly aids our clients in their cases, whether those cases are routine or complex.

John P. Mahoney, Esq.

John Mahoney is our exclusively recommended Federal Employment Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

John Mahoney is a Washington, DC Attorney at Law and the Founding and Managing Partner of the Firm, who specialises in the practice of federal sector employment, labour, and national security clearance law. Attorneys Mahoney is rated as a “Preeminent Lawyer™”, a “Distinguished Lawyer™”, and is registered by Martindale-AVVO® in the 2019 Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers™. John was selected as a “2019 Top Rated Lawyer in Labour & Employment,” and a “2019 Top Rated DC Metro Lawyer in Labour & Employment Law” by The National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel Magazine, American Lawyer Magazine, and Martindale-AVVO™. He has also achieved a “Superb 10.0 AVVO Rating.”

Firm Overview:

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Federal Employment Attorney Serving Washington, D.C., the Nation and the World.

John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, is a top-rated Washington, D.C.-based federal employee lawyer, former federal government executive, and administrative judge, devoting his entire legal practice to representing federal employees, unions, employee associations, contractors, and agencies in federal employment law cases. He has garnered the top rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell® due to his recognised ethics and legal talent, and he has been named in The Wall Street Journal as a “Top Rated Labour & Employment Lawyer.”

Federal employment attorney John Mahoney stands ready to protect and defend your rights and your career. Whether you are under investigation, facing allegations of misconduct, or need to litigate a union grievance or appeal a security clearance case, our federal employment lawyer offers the experienced legal counsel and advocacy you need.

If you are a federal employee who needs legal representation to fight back against employment discrimination through an EEOC complaint or EEOC Case, whistle-blower retaliation, reversing an MSPB decision, or other prohibited personnel practice (PPP) through an OSC complaint, we would be honoured to represent you and assert your rights. Get help from a federal employment lawyer who cares.

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.

Miguel Zaldivar is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Miguel directly using the contact details listed above.

Widely recognised as a guiding light in complicated international cross-border transactions, Miguel Zaldivar is a partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer responsible for the firm’s overall global direction and strategic leadership. He became CEO in July 2020 and is one of only a handful of Latino leaders of any major global law firm.

Before taking up the role of CEO, he served as Regional Chief Executive for the Asia, Pacific Middle East region. He had been a member of the Global Board of Directors, served as Co-leader of our Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice area and co-founded our Latin American Practice. Miguel’s versatility, determination and ability to rise to a challenge were evident throughout.

His leadership is focused on driving the firm’s vision to provide clients with valuable solutions and superior client service. As CEO, he puts an emphasis on delivering our vision by leveraging our global reach, industry sector knowledge, and unique capability to advice at the intersection of business and government. He is passionate about collaboration, actively listening to clients’ needs and mentoring lawyers to build deep and enduring relationships wherever they practice. Pro bono work, citizenship and the creation of a truly diverse and inclusive workplace are also among Miguel’s top priorities. He has put in place a plan to foster the development and progression of the firm’s diverse lawyers, and to increase the number of diverse lawyers the firm hires.

As a practicing lawyer he brings many years of experience in project development and finance, complex sovereign debt and cross-border corporate transactions. He has facilitated multi-billion-dollar investments aimed at the development of projects across Latin America.

He has advised U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in business dealings in the Americas, as well as Latin American state-owned companies and governments in a wide variety of international matters. He has many years of hands-on experience with global export-credit and development banks.

Miguel brings a strategic and unique approach to solving complex transactional problems, offering clients creative solutions that not only meet their legal needs, but also take into account business considerations. Miguel’s distinct background underscores his approach to conflict resolution. Miguel is trained as a lawyer in both the common and civil law systems. Recognising that focusing on differences in law is not the single driver in negotiating cross-border deals, he appreciates the importance of culture and familiarity with each country’s unique political and legal systems.

Mary Lehner

Mary Lehner is our exclusively recommended Antitrust Law expert in Washington DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mary directly using the contact details listed above.

Mary Lehner is a partner in our antitrust, competition and trade group based in Washington, DC. Mary focuses her practice on representing clients before the FTC, the DOJ, and State Attorneys General on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution and intellectual property arrangements, and other competitive conduct.

Before joining Freshfields, Mary served as an advisor to two FTC Chairs, providing counsel on antitrust investigations, enforcement actions, policy initiatives, public relations, and congressional strategies.

Prior to her role in the Chairman’s office, Mary oversaw antitrust merger investigations as a lead attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Mary serves on the Steering Committee of GCR’s Women in Antitrust annual conference, has participated as a panellist in Women’s Competition Network and ABA Women in Deal Work events, and is a leader of the Freshfields US Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

She is also a HALO Champion (supporter of Freshfields’ LGBT initiative).

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world.

We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Jean Lee

Jean Lee is our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jean directly using the contact details listed above.

Public law is the part of law that governs relations between legal persons and a government, between different institutions within a state, between different branches of governments, as well as relationships between persons that are of direct concern to society.

Jean has represented agency and commercial lenders as well as sponsors in complex project financing’s in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, power and infrastructure. Her experience includes advising ECAs and DFIs, such as United States Exim Bank, KEXIM, K-Sure, OPIC, IDB and IFC, on a diverse range of projects around the globe.

She also served as internal counsel at a global solar energy services company, where she focused on expanding the company’s operations outside the United States.

Jean is a proficient Korean speaker and recently spent several years in A&O’s Seoul office.

Firm Overview:

Allen & Overy is a global law firm that helps the world’s leading businesses to grow, innovate and thrive. For almost a century, we have built a reputation for our commitment to think ahead and bring original solutions to our clients’ most complex legal and commercial challenges.

At a time of significant turbulence in the business world, we are determined to help our clients embrace change, confidently expand into new markets and keep on top of ever-more complicated regulatory frameworks.

To do this, we will harness our global strength and local knowledge. We will drive towards our vision to become the world’s most innovative law firm. And we will continue to create an environment where the brightest minds can flourish.

Discover how we are positioning ourselves – and our clients – for the future.

Dr. Connell Wise

Connell Wise is our exclusively recommended Business Services expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Connell directly using the contact details listed above.

Connell is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council, National Association of Executive Coaching, and the American Association of Business Consultants. Throughout the past decade, he has served in various positions in both government and management.

A lifelong learner, Connell Wise holds three degrees and is also currently working on his Executive MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He is also currently pursuing a PSYD in Industrial-Organisational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a focus on Coaching and Consulting.

Firm Overview:

Connell Wise & Associates, LLC, based in Washington D.C., is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on international Equitable Economic Development, Business, Industrial Organisational and Public Affairs. The company works with government and commercial clients around the world to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Connell Wise, to initially help Youth & under-represented business owners and entrepreneurs start profitable and fully licensed businesses in the District of Columbia.

CW&A provides a wide range of full services to our clients including but not limited to: business technical assistance, referral services, entrepreneurship training, access to capital, bookkeeping, policy research, information technology (IT) services, and government relations. CW&A strives to offer diverse services that help grow our clients’ wealth and assets personally and business-wise.