Biography

Judith Alison Lee is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm's International Trade Practice Group.  Ms. Lee practices in the areas of international trade regulation, including USA Patriot Act compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, economic sanctions and embargoes, and export controls. Ms. Lee also advises on issues relating to virtual and digital currencies, blockchain technologies and distributed cryptoledgers.

Ms. Lee was selected by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as an international leading lawyer for USA International Trade: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions in 2016 and 2017. Chambers and Partners also selected Ms. Lee as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in 2007 – 2017 in its Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide and she is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® guides for 2006 – 2018.  She is included in The International Who's Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers for 2009 – 2013 and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012.  Ms. Lee is also included in Euromoney's 2007 and 2008 "Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers," U.S. Section.  In 2006, Ms. Lee was named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the Best Lawyers in the Washington, D.C. area for International Trade and Finance Law and has been named continually over the years by The Washington Post as one of Washington D.C.'s Super Lawyers, and by Washington Post Magazine in 2014 as a Top Attorney.  Ms. Lee was chosen by the Ethisphere Institute as one of two of the 2013 "Attorneys Who Matter" in the field of Trade/Export Compliance, on the basis of counsel "who are best prepared to handle any issue around their particular specialty."  Most recently, she won the 2017 Corporate International Magazine Award for Blockchain Technology Sector Lawyer of the Year in Washington D.C.

Ms. Lee served on the Export Controls Advisory Board for American Conference Institute. She also served as a Chair of the International Sales Subcommittee on Export Controls, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption of the International Bar Association and currently serves as an officer of the IBA’s International Sales Committee. Ms. Lee is the past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Export Controls and Embargoes, and is a past chair of the American Bar Association Customs Law Committee. Ms. Lee was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Court of International Trade to that court's Rules Advisory Committee and Jurisdiction Committee. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. Ms. Lee is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. Lee received her law degree in 1987 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and her bachelor of arts in 1984 from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied Chinese and politics. In 1983 and 1984, she attended Donghai University in Taiwan, where she studied Chinese language, culture and politics. Ms. Lee is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is a member of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Diversity Committee.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at HalfMoon Education Inc.’s conference on “Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin as a Payment Method,” Arlington, VA, November 16, 2017
  • Speaker at seminar hosted by Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), VA Chapter, on “Personal Liability: Understanding the Risk and Deploying a Sound Mitigation Strategy,” Oct. 23, 2017, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Presider for Council on Foreign Relations Roundtable on "Economic Sanctions Under the Trump Administration," May 11, 2017, Washington DC.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Advanced Conference on Economic Sanctions Enforcement & Compliance, on the panel, " Most Common Mistakes that Companies Make with Sanctions Violations Investigations," April 24, 2017, Washington DC.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Payment Systems and FinTech Regulatory & Compliance Conference, on the panel, "Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and Virtual Currencies," April 21, 2017, New York.
  • Speaker at ACI's AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry conference, on the panel "OFAC Enforcement Case Studies," Jan. 19, 2017, New York.
  • Speaker on panel for International Law Seminars' Technology Law Conference on the topic, "Anticipating Issues Arising from New Applications and Technologies: The Implications of Blockchain Technologies and Distributed Cryptoledgers," Seattle, Dec. 2, 2016.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's National Export Controls Forum on Technology Transfers, Cloud Computing & Deemed Exports, on the topic, "Technology Transfers, Deemed Exports and Economic Sanctions: What Should Be Keeping You Up at Night?," October 18, 2016, Washington, DC.
  • Preside at Council on Foreign Relations Corporate Roundtable Program on topic, "Doing Business in Iran," May 12, 2016, Washington, DC.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Emerging Payment Systems conference on the topic, "Digital, Virtual, and Crypto Currencies: Assessing and Overcoming the Regulatory and Compliance Challenges Relating to Bitcoin and Its Brethren, and Evaluating the Long-Term Viability of Such Currencies," March 31, 2016, Chicago.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry, on the panel, "Developing and Implementing Best Practices to Avoid Sanctionable Activity," January 20, 2016, New York.
  • Speaker at PLI's annual Coping with U.S. Export Controls, on the panel, "The Sanctions Landscape: Update and Prospects," December 17, 2015.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Advanced Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Cross-Border Global Payments and Technologies, on the panel, "AML/OFAC Restrictions with Cross-Border Payments: Avoiding Regulatory Scrutiny by Strengthening Your Compliance Program, Establishing an Effective Know Your Customer Program, and a Closer Look at the Growth of Personal Liability Enforcement Actions Against Compliance Professionals," November 20, 2015.
  • Speaker on panel at American Conference Institute's National Forum on Crypto, Virtual & Digital Currency and Payment Systems, "Money Laundering, AML, and OFAC Considerations for Crypto, Virtual and Digital Currencies," June 25, 2015.
  • Moderator for panel at American Conference Institute's National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, "Federal Regulatory and Enforcement Insights on Evolving Initiatives in the Prepaid Card Industry," May 28, 2015.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry on the topic, "Ensuring Compliance and Avoiding Sanctions in an Uncertain and Shifting Landscape . . . Regarding Russia, Iran, and Other Known and Potential Hotspots," January 20, 2015, New York.
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Economic Sanctions Boot Camp on the topic, "Beyond the Looking Glass:  When You Should Block a Transaction, Terminate a Relationship or Look Back to Review Previously Processed Transactions," December 3, 2014, New York.
  • Moderator for panel at American Conference Institute's Forum on Virtual & Digital Currency and Payment Systems on the topic, "Lessons Learned from Recent Law Enforcement Actions," November 20, 2014, New York.
  • Speaker at ACI's Prepaid Card Conference on the topic, "Given How AML and OFAC Laws Are Trending, How Do Banks, MSBs and Other Financial Institutions Develop, Implement and Maintain an Effective AML and OFAC Compliant Prepaid Card Program in Today's Landscape?," October 6, 2014, Chicago.
  •  Speaker at Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement Roundtable at American Conference Institute's AML and Reinsurance Conference, July 29, 2014, New York.
  • Speaker at ACI's Virtual Currency Conference on the topic, "Developing Federal Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing Digital & Virtual Currency Landscape," Chicago, June 24, 2014.
  • Speaker at ACI's Advanced Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement & Compliance, on the topic "When and How to Submit Voluntary Disclosures: Review of Recent Settlements Arising After a Voluntary Disclosure was Made," May 1, 2014.
  • Speaker at ACI's 9th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance on the topic, "Given How AML and OFAC Laws are Trending, How do Banks, MSBs and Other Financial Institutions Develop, Implement and Maintain an Effective AML and OFAC Compliant Prepaid Card Program," in Washington, DC on January 30, 2014.
  • Speaker at ACI's 4th Annual Forum on AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry on the topic, "Complying with Iranian Sanctions at Both the State and Federal Levels," in New York on January. 21, 2014
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute's Asia Summit on Economic Sanctions Compliance and Enforcement, speaking on the "Explosion of US Sanctions Enforcement Against Foreign Entities and Individuals," Singapore, December 5, 2013.
  • Speaker on panel discussion co-hosted by the Women's Bar Association of DC and the Customs Lawyers Association on: "Importing Copyrighted Works from Abroad in the Shadow of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons," Washington, D.C., October 1, 2013

Publications

  • Lee, Judith A., "Blockchain 101," "Blockchain and Distributive Technology-Legal Landscape," and "Non-Financial Applications for Distributed Ledger Technology," Thomson Reuters, June 2017
  • Lee, Judith A., "Roundtable: Sanctions Compliance & Enforcement," Financier Worldwide, April 2017
  • Lee, Judith A., "Iran Sanctions Developments," Financier Worldwide, April 2017
  • Lee, Judith A., Smith, Adam M., Spragens, Taylor J., Choy, Marisa S., "Gibson Dunn Discusses Trade Under Trump," The CLS Blue Sky Blog, December 2016
  • Lee, Judith A., Steiner, Jeff, McKenzie, Dustin, "Legal Implications of Expanded Use of Blockchain Technology," Financer Worldwide, November 2016
  • Lee, Judith A., Lance, Andrew A., Rudnick, Amy G., Connor, Stephanie L., Sherwood, Scott A., "Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: FinCEN Imposes Temporary Reporting Requirements on Title Insurance Companies for All Cash Luxury Real Estate Transactions in Manhattan and Miami," The Real Estate Finance Journal, Thomson Reuters, April 2016
  • Lee, Judith A., Smith, Adam M., Aryanpour, Mehrnoosh, "Substantial Easing of Iran Sanctions Alongside Continued Limitations and Risks," Financier Worldwide, March 2016
  • Lee, Judith A., West, Joseph D., Fernandez, Jose W., Farr, Andrea F., Handler, Stephenie, "A Dealmaker's Guide To National Security Implications Of Foreign Investment In U.S. Government Contractors," Briefing Papers Second Series, Thomson Reuters, June 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., Long, Arthur, Southwell, Alexander, Steiner, Jeffrey, Handler, Stephenie, Wood, Zachary, "BitLicense Regulations Create Groundbreaking Hurdles," Law360, June 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., Yan, Annie, "US Government Implements Historic Changes to Cuba Sanctions Regime," Risk & Compliance, April-June 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., Southwell, Alexander H., Fernandez, Jose W., Handler, Stephenie G., Lorber, Eric, "Cybersecurity Sanctions: A Powerful New Tool," Law360, April 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., Long, Arthur S., Steiner, Jeffrey L., Handler, Stephenie G., Wood, Zachary, "Blockchain Technology and Legal Implications of 'Crypto 2.0'," The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., March 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., Long, Arthur S., McRae, Marcellus, Steiner, Jeffrey L., Handler, Stephenie G., "Bitcoin Basics: A Primer on Virtual Currencies," Business Law International, January 2015
  • Lee, Judith A., West, Joseph D., Fernandez, Jose W., Yan, Annie, Gleich, Sarah B., "National Security Implications of Foreign Investment in U.S. Government Contractors/ Edition II," Briefing Papers Second Series, West Group - Thomson Reuters, March 2014
  • Lee, Judith A., "Bitcoin arrest shows risk of virtual currency," Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 3, 2014.
  • Lee, Judith A. and Doody, James, "Office of Foreign Assets Control Compliance: Recent Developments," The Banking Law Journal, November/December 2011
  • Lee, Judith A. and Doody, James, "Office of Foreign Assets Control: The Little Agency with a Big Bite," The Review of Banking & Financial Services, August 2011
  • Lee, Judith A. and Doody, James, "2010: OFAC's Big Year," Law360.com, March 2011
  • Lee, Judith A. and Noonan, Linda, "Bank Secrecy, Money Laundering, and Terrorist Financing," International Enforcement Law Reporter, December 2010
  • Lee, Judith A. and Slear, James D., "OFAC Uses New Enforcement Tools Against Foreign Bank," The Export Practitioner, November 2009
  • Lee, Judith A., West, Joseph D., Brennan, Christyne, Wharwood, Dave M., and Speice, Patrick F., "National Security Implications of Foreign Investment in U.S. Government Contractors," Briefing Papers Second Series, West Group - Thomson West, 2007
  • Lee, Judith A. and Plaine, Daniel J., "Making Way For International Business Integrity And Compliance Due Diligence In Cross-Border Acquisitions," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2007
  • Lee, Judith A. and Slear, James D., "Beware of OFAC:  A little-known agency poses challenges to international finance," International Financial Law Review, September 2006
  • Lee, Judith A. and Slear, James D., "Special problems concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the People's Republic of China," IBA Legal Practice Division, Litigation Committee Newsletter - September 2006
  • Lee, Judith A. and Slear, James D., "Doing Business in China: Unique Corruption Compliance Concerns and Strategies," Washington Legal Foundation, Contemporary Legal Note Series, Number 51 - August 2006
  • Lee, Judith A., West, Joseph D., and Monahan, Jason A., "U.S. Export Control Compliance Requirements for Government Contractors," Briefing Papers, Thomson-West, November 2005
  • Lee, Judith A., "Exclusion of Infringing Products from Importation and Other International Trade Remedies," Intellectual Property Law - Damages and Remedies, 2004

Education

  • College of William & Mary - 1987 - Juris Doctor
  • Mount Holyoke College - 1984 - Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Bar

Recent Publications

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March 14, 2011
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December 18, 2008
September 15, 2006