Webcast: National Security Enforcement: Developments and Trends

September 14, 2021

National Security is the highest priority of the Justice Department and remains a key focus for other enforcement agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Commerce Department, and State Department. This webcast will discuss developments and trends in enforcement across a wide range of national security topics. A team of national security practitioners with experience both inside and outside of government will address, among other things:

  • Terrorism Financing
  • Sanctions & Export Controls
  • Theft of Intellectual Property & Economic Espionage
  • Cyber Attacks and Ransomware
  • The Foreign Agents Registration Act
  • Foreign Investment in the United States

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Zainab Ahmad, a partner in New York and co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group, previously served as Deputy Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Ahmad is a decorated former prosecutor who has received both of DOJ’s highest honors, the Attorney General’s Award and the FBI Director’s Award, and whose work prosecuting terrorists was profiled by The New Yorker magazine. Her practice is international and focuses on cross-border white collar defense and investigations, including corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions and FCPA issues, as well as data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

David Burns, a partner in Washington, D.C. and co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group, served in senior positions in both the National Security Division and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division he supervised the Division’s investigations and prosecutions, including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, economic espionage, cyber hacking, FARA, disclosure of classified information, and sanctions and export controls matters.  Mr. Burns’ practice focuses on national security, white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters.

Robert Hur, a partner in Washington, D.C. and co-chair of the firm’s Crisis Management Practice Group, served as the 48th United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.  During his tenure as United States Attorney, the Office handled numerous high-profile matters including those involving national security, cybercrime, public corruption, and financial fraud. Before serving as United States Attorney, Mr. Hur served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (“PADAG”) at the Department of Justice, a member of the Department’s senior leadership team and the principal counselor to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.  Mr. Hur assisted with oversight of all components of the Department, including the National Security Division. Civil, Criminal, and Antitrust Divisions, all 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He also liaised regularly on behalf of the Justice Department with the White House, Congressional committees, and federal intelligence, enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Adam M. Smith, a partner in Washington, D.C., was Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s OFAC and the Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council. His practice focuses on international trade compliance and white collar investigations, including with respect to federal and state economic sanctions enforcement, the FCPA, embargoes, and export controls. He routinely advises multi-national corporations regarding regulatory aspects of international business.

Courtney Brown, a senior associate in Washington, D.C., practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance.  Ms. Brown has experience representing and advising multinational corporate clients and boards of directors in internal and government investigations on a wide range of topics, including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, healthcare fraud, sanctions, securities, and tax.  She has participated in two government-mandated FCPA compliance monitorships and conducted compliance trainings for in-house counsel and employees.


This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement. This course is approved for transitional/non-transitional credit.

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