Global Risk + Crisis Management
Investigations + White Collar
Two former high-ranking government officials, Lisa M. Phelan* and John E. Smith, recently joined Morrison & Foerster, further expanding the firm’s elite group of litigators and industry-leading enforcement and white collar capabilities in the Washington, D.C. office in order to meet the increasing regulatory needs of our clients.
Ms. Phelan, a partner in the firm’s Global Antitrust Law Practice and Investigations + White Collar Group, is a leading authority in cartel enforcement and brings to the firm highly impressive criminal investigation and enforcement experience.
Mr. Smith, co-head of the firm’s National Security Practice, and a partner in the firm’s Global Risk + Crisis Management Group and Investigations + White Collar Group, offers clients unmatched experience in economic sanctions, enforcement, and national security.
Lisa M. Phelan
Ms. Phelan joined Morrison & Foerster after serving 16 years as Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement and Washington Criminal I Sections of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, Ms. Phelan supervised and coordinated all investigative and litigation work on international and national criminal cartel cases, and regularly coordinated investigations and prosecutions with cartel enforcers throughout the world. She prosecuted more than 300 federal criminal cases and oversaw dozens of jury trials.
*Practice limited to Federal matters; admitted in Pennsylvania only.
John E. Smith
Mr. Smith joined Morrison & Foerster after serving 11 years as a top official in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including for the past three years as OFAC Director. Over the last decade, Mr. Smith was centrally involved in all aspects of developing, implementing, and enforcing U.S. government sanctions laws. As OFAC Director, he oversaw every OFAC enforcement case against global financial institutions and corporations.
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