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Josh Williams advises clients across a range of complex international regulatory and public policy matters. Mr. Williams has particular expertise in economic sanctions programs administered by the Treasury Department and State Department and export control regulations administered by the State Department, Commerce Department, and Census Bureau, as well as deep experience representing clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.

  • Advises numerous international companies on compliance with US economic sanctions against Russia, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, and Syria.
  • Represented a global energy company in an investigation regarding compliance with US economic sanctions against Iran and Cuba. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) agreed to close the matter without taking any enforcement action.
  • Represented major defense contractor in an investigation regarding compliance with US export controls arising from exports to the Middle East. The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) agreed that no violations occurred, and closed the matter without taking further enforcement action or imposing penalties.
  • Advised clients in the aerospace and energy industries on the establishment of export controls compliance programs.
  • Represents a major consumer products company in an ongoing government investigation regarding compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Pro Bono

  • Represents a prominent not-for-profit corporation that supports democratic institutions and practices around the world.
  • Served as guardian ad litem for a minor child in a custody dispute in D.C. Superior Court.

Previous Experience

  • Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2009-2010)
  • Legislative Aide to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (2006-2008)
  • Junior Fellow and Research Assistant for Nonproliferation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2004-2006)
  • Department of State Superior Honor Award (2010)