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Christian has over 15 years of legal experience, including more than a decade serving as a national security attorney in the federal government. His deep knowledge of government policies concerning economic sanctions, data privacy and security, and financial intelligence enhance his ability to effectively counsel entities regarding Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, government investigations, compliance programs, and potential risks to global transactions.
Christian’s extensive knowledge of national security investigations, sanctions, and data security comes from his work across three government agencies:
- Department of the Treasury, where he served as an attorney advisor to the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), including the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control, providing guidance on legal issues involving the Bank Secrecy Act, intelligence, economic sanctions, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters, counterintelligence/insider threat programs, anti-money laundering, security clearance investigations, information security, and data privacy;
- Department of Justice, National Security Division, where he represented the government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, obtaining court orders and warrants authorizing electronic surveillance and search in sensitive intelligence operations pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); developing FBI counterintelligence and export control investigations; conducting compliance training; and advising FBI senior leadership, special agents, and intelligence analysts; and
- Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE), where, as a deputy chief for national security law, he led a team supporting ICE counterterrorism investigations and advised senior DHS leadership on legal and policy issues in federal investigations involving immigration, counterterrorism, espionage, visa security, fraud, and export control.
His experience in private practice includes three years with an international Am Law 10 firm working on complex bilateral investment treaty disputes before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and commercial arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration.
Christian serves as a faculty advisory board member for Excelsior College, where he has also taught several undergraduate courses in national security and national security ethics, and as a board member for Project Create, a Washington, D.C.-based arts education organization.