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., Mr. Ferrari represents U.S. and foreign corporations, financial institutions, exporters, insurers, and private individuals in trade compliance, regulatory licensing matters, and federal investigations and prosecutions. He frequently represents clients before the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and in federal courts around the country. With over 13 years of experience in national security law, exports control, and U.S. economic sanctions, he counsels across industry sectors and represents parties in a wide range of matters from ensuring compliance to defending against federal prosecutions and pursuing federal appeals.

Mr. Ferrari’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), respond to OFAC administrative subpoenas issued during the course of an OFAC investigation, procure OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC, draft OFAC voluntary self-disclosures, develop and implement OFAC compliance programs for financial institutions and multi-national companies, and provide general counselling on OFAC related matters to a variety of clients.

Mr. Ferrari has also served as lead trial counsel on a number of complex federal criminal matters. He is a seasoned litigator that has obtained mistrials and acquittals for his clients in various matters including prosecutions for smuggling, and International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) based export control charges. He has also successfully handled mail and wire fraud cases, tax fraud cases, money laundering cases, espionage cases, economic sanctions criminal cases, and federal criminal appeals. These representations have occurred in various courts across the United States and involved both U.S. and international clientele.

Mr. Ferrari’s litigation experience includes numerous lawsuits against OFAC arising from blocking of assets, and targeting of parties under various sanctions authorities. He has also represented clients in other litigation including, for instance, federal civil forfeiture proceedings.

Mr. Ferrari actively writes on OFAC-administered trade sanctions on his blog at sanctionlaw.com, as well as for publication. In addition, he is often called upon by media outlets to speak on U.S. 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.