Lisa M. Phelan & John E. Smith Join MoFo


Related practices:

Antitrust Law

Global Risk + Crisis Management

Investigations + White Collar

National Security

Meet Lisa Phelan and John Smith

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.

“I was attracted to MoFo because of its premier global legal talent. The firm understands that a company facing an international cartel investigation needs knowledgeable guidance in multiple jurisdictions and forums, and it has built the right team across key locations to walk clients through the most complex situations.”


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.

MoFo is renowned as a great place to work and has an impressive platform that includes a rapidly growing national security practice, industry-leading enforcement and white collar capabilities, and a roster of major global financial institution and corporate clients. I look forward to working with my talented new colleagues to advise and assist clients on complex sanctions, anti-money laundering, and export controls matters.

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