US Sanctions Practitioners and Counselors |

OFAC Lawyers at the Cutting-Edge of U.S. Economic Sanctions

We bring new and innovative approaches to OFAC-related matters across different disciplines within the practice of U.S. economic sanctions in order to maximize our clients’ sanctions risk mitigation or defense. For example, our deep experience working on OFAC-related matters affords us the ability to fuse our sanctions due diligence practice to our risk assessment advisory work, and to best identify any OFAC enforcement or targeting pitfalls that may arise once information is provided to OFAC. In short, our experience and knowledge can be brought to bear to ensure effective representation that considers all aspects of a sanctions issue.

The lawyers at our firm are either former OFAC officials themselves, or have come to the firm through our intensive internship program so that they can serve as sanctions practitioners in the truest sense of the word. This means that our OFAC lawyers are able to understand OFAC matters from all angles, including from procedural, substantive, and policy perspectives.

Our lawyers often travel across the world to provide expert advice and representation in OFAC matters including in the OFAC SDN delisting, OFAC enforcement, OFAC licensing, and OFAC compliance context. Given our narrow focus, we provide a bespoke suite of OFAC sanctions-related services that can either stand on their own or complement a larger team of legal counsel or an investigative and auditing team.

Ferrari & Associates strives to be as diverse as the clientele we represent, both in background, as well as in perspective. In doing so, we walk the line between compliance professionals and advocates. The firm’s ultimate goal is to protect our clients whether by helping them comply with relevant U.S. sanctions laws from the outset, or defending their position when an investigation or sanctions designation occurs. In order to do that we seek to build an understanding of our clients’ business culture and personal preferences, and bring our experience and knowledge to bear in an effective and efficient manner.


Significant Cases

The OFAC lawyers at Ferrari & Associates represent clients in some of the biggest, complex, and most publicized OFAC-related cases that have ever occurred. These cases involve a clientele ranging from government officials, state-owned companies, global financial institutions, and all the way to private individuals. One of the true benefits of hiring Ferrari & Associates for an OFAC-related matter is that, given the firm’s exposure to every manner of OFAC case from the mundane to the extraordinary, the OFAC lawyers at the firm are able to adequately understand and explain the nuances of any type of OFAC case in a manner which makes sense for the particular type of client involved. This means that the firm’s OFAC lawyers understand how a matter will impact a well-known client vs. a completely private individual, what consequences certain submissions to OFAC could have for a global financial institution, what information could be unavailable or restricted to certain clientele, etc. Simply put, Ferrari & Associates is comfortable and effective in any type of sanctions matter, no matter how big nor how small.


Significant Case #1

Represented a Lebanese family with a strong reputation and presence in the maritime industry in their removal from the OFAC SDN List. The family was designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Significant Case #2

Represented a global financial institution in a multi-year, multi-agency investigation of the financial institutions’ alleged dealings with North Korea and other sanctioned jurisdictions.

U.S. v. Zarrab

Represented Reza Zarrab, a Turkish businessman and gold trader, at the heart of a Southern District of New York prosecution for violations of the Iran sanctions program.

U.S. Sanctions Practitioners and Counselors

Located in Washington D.C., our firm represents parties from all over the world in cases involving U.S. sanctions and those arising before OFAC. These representations are often of financial institutions and multinational corporations which relate to OFAC enforcement matters, SDN delisting cases, investigations or prosecutions for sanctions and export control violations; and OFAC licensing and OFAC compliance matters. Specifically, we frequently assist companies in responding to OFAC administrative subpoenas and requests for information, seeking removal from the SDN List, conducting internal investigations for sanctions-related violations, and development and implementation of OFAC sanctions policies and procedures. Through our OFAC representations we have removed parties from the OFAC SDN List, successfully defended against OFAC enforcement investigations, and received acquittals and non-prosecution agreements for clients facing prosecution and investigation for sanctions related criminal charges.

The lawyers at Ferrari & Associates are not generalists. They are subject matter experts in the field of U.S. sanctions. Lawyers are brought into the firm through one of two pathways: they either spent time working at OFAC or they were subject to our intensive two-year internship program where they were immediately called upon to research and learn the ins and outs of practicing U.S. sanctions and representing parties before OFAC. This allows our lawyers to avoid spending any time adjusting to the learning-curve presented by U.S. sanctions and practice before OFAC.

This expertise and experience allows us to provide cutting-edge representation to a domestic and foreign clientele that spans from industry sectors, including the financial services, mining, shipping, insurance, energy, retail, and healthcare sectors. As a sophisticated OFAC sanctions practice, we understand how sanctions work from procedural, substantive, and policy perspectives and we know how to use our knowledge to the advantage of our clients.


Ferrari & Associates

655 15th Street NW
Suite 420
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-280-6370
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