Kristofer Readling is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice group.
Kristofer focuses his practice on sanctions and export control issues and investigations, having most recently served as an Enforcement Officer in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). At OFAC, Kristofer investigated violations of various U.S. sanctions programs, led large, complex enforcement cases, developed and implemented novel investigative strategies and enforcement theories, and negotiated settlements. His cases involved exports of controlled U.S.-origin content to sanctioned countries, trade-based extensions of credit to sanctioned Russian entities, sanctions evasion attempts by Iranian businesses, and international mergers and acquisitions involving prior corporate dealings with sanctioned persons. To support OFAC’s mission, Kristofer advised OFAC staff on difficult issues with few legal or policy precedents and helped to establish many OFAC Enforcement precedents by bringing novel public actions against U.S. and foreign companies for violations of U.S. sanctions.
Prior to joining OFAC, Kristofer researched and reviewed proposed reforms to federal anti-money laundering and financial stability laws at a Washington, D.C. think tank. He specialized in banking and financial services issues related to the Bank Secrecy Act, counter-terrorism financing, consumer finance, Federal Reserve System governance, payment systems regulation, and Basel III implementation. While attending law school, Kristofer completed a legal internship at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There, he conducted legal research and analysis with regard to Dodd-Frank interpretation, federal consumer finance laws, banking laws, administrative law, theories of enforcement, Freedom of Information Act requests, and litigation defense.
Kristofer’s pro bono experience includes representing clients on debt collections, contract disputes, fair credit reporting, employment disputes, and other consumer finance related issues as a volunteer attorney with a non-profit organization.
Kristofer received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina. He also received an M.S. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Before attending law school, Kristofer served as a JAG noncommissioned officer in the United States Army and the North Carolina National Guard, including during a year-long deployment to Iraq.
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