David Mortlock

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1136
F 202 303 2136
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David Mortlock is Chair of Willkie’s Government Relations Practice Group in Washington. He advises clients on international trade and government regulation of cross-border transactions, and compliance with U.S. regulations based on foreign policy and national security.

David helps clients pursue their business goals in compliance with national security-based regulation, including:

  • Compliance with U.S. sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering regulations, and CFIUS reviews;
  • Development of compliance programs;
  • Due diligence for compliance by investment targets, vendors, and other partners;
  • License requests with the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce and State;
  • Internal investigations for potential violations of statutes and regulations;
  • Self-disclosures of apparent violations to enforcement agencies; and
  • Criminal and civil enforcement actions. 
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David Mortlock is Chair of Willkie’s Government Relations Practice Group in Washington. He advises clients on international trade and government regulation of cross-border transactions, and compliance with U.S. regulations based on foreign policy and national security.

Prior Experience

David is formerly the Director for International Economic Affairs at the White House National Security Council, in which capacity he advised the President and his National Security Advisor on sanctions, corruption and other international finance and trade issues. He helped lead the interagency process to develop and implement sanctions on Russia as well as changes of sanctions for Iran, Cuba, Syria and Burma. He also developed and coordinated implementation of the U.S. international anticorruption strategy.

David also worked at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on sanctions policy as Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment; and Attorney-Advisor for Sanctions and Terror Finance. In these roles, he oversaw the creation and implementation of sanctions for Iran, Burma, North Korea and Syria; oversaw economic policy for the Middle East and North Africa; and provided legal guidance for the terrorism finance program.

Prior to his tenure at the State Department, David was an attorney at a large international law firm.

David clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • David was quoted in a Politico article discussing international business dealings in Iran a year after its nuclear deal. (July 2016)
  • David was interviewed on BBC World News on the United States’ lifting of the arms embargo on Vietnam. (May 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Future of Russia/Ukraine Sanctions,” A World of Sanctions International Conference, Rome (April 2016)
  • Speaker, “OFAC Sanctions and Compliance,” 2016 Spring International Trade Export Licensing & Compliance Conference, sponsored by the Society for International Law, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 2016)
  • David was interviewed on BBC World News on the White House announcement of President Obama’s visit to Cuba. (February 2016)
  • David was interviewed on BBC World News on the implications of Iran’s president’s visit to France in the wake of lifted Iran sanctions; his analysis is available here. (January 2016)
  • David’s arrival at the firm was reported in Law360 here, in Global Investigations Review here, in Main Justice here, and in Bloomberg Law here. (January 2016) 

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