Judith Alison Lee

Judith A. Lee is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and 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 was selected by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as an international Leading Lawyer for USA International Trade in 2013. She was also ranked by Chambers and Partners as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in Export Controls, Economic Sanctions, and FCPA in its Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012. Chambers and Partners also selected Ms. Lee as a Leading International Trade Lawyer in 2007 – 2014 in its Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide and she is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® guides for 2006 – 2015. 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. Ms. Lee was most recently 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.” She was also named as a Top Attorney by DC Magazine in 2010.

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

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.
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 Jan. 30, 2014.
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 Jan. 21, 2014
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, Dec. 5, 2013.
A 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
ACI’s Advanced Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance panel on “Managing the Extra-Territoriality of OFAC Sanctions Amid Conflicting Local Laws,” Washington, D.C., June 5, 2013
PLI’s One-Hour Briefing Series: “Tightening the Chokehold – an Overview of Enhanced OFAC Sanctions and Enforcement,” March 6, 2013
ACI’s 7th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance panel on “Developing, Implementing, and Maintaining AML Compliance Programs,” and at the Master Class on “Emerging Payment Systems: Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Considerations for New Technologies and Evolving Products,” in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2013
ACI’s AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry panel on “Regulatory and Enforcement Roundtable: Perspectives from OFAC, the DOJ, the Office of the NY State AG, the Secret Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the NY County District DA’s Office,” and “Benchmarking Your AML and OFAC Compliance Initiatives – Identifying Industry Best Practices and Incorporating Them Into Your Compliance Programs,” in New York, NY, January 22-23, 2013
“New Sanctions Based SEC Reporting Requirements and the Expanded Sanctions on Iran,” Gibson Dunn Hosted Webcast, December 12, 2012
PLI’s Coping with U.S. Export Controls 2012 panel, “OFAC Economic Sanctions – Dramatic Changes in Pace and Scope,” in Washington, D.C., December 11, 2012
ACI’s 3rd OFAC Boot Camp panel, “Demystifying U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba Amid Conflicting Canadian and EU Blocking Measures, New York, NY, December 5, 2012
Washington Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) on “Export Control Reform: What You Should be Doing Now,” in Tyson’s Corner, VA, November 1, 2012
ACI's 4th Annual Emerging Payment Systems, “Understanding OFAC in the Context of Emerging Payment Systems,” in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2012
PLI's One-Hour Briefing on the “Dodd-Frank Act's Conflict Minerals Provisions: Analysis of the Due Diligence and Reporting Requirements,” September 25, 2012
ACI’s Advanced Forum on OFAC Enforcement and Compliance panel, “Operating Within Evolving U.S. Sanctions Against Syria, Burma/Myanmar and Sudan,” Washington, DC, April 25, 2012
ACI’s 3rd National Conference on Emerging Payment Systems panel, “Compliance Perspectives on Consumer Financial Protections, Sanction and More,” San Francisco, April 16, 2012
A 2012 Update on Encryption Export Controls, Gibson Dunn Hosted Webcast, February 21, 2012
ACI’s annual OFAC Boot Camp panel, “Meeting Strict Iran Sanctions Requirements Impacting U.S. and non-U.S. Entities,’ December 1, 2011, New York, NY
ACI’s 4th National Forum on OFAC Enforcement & Compliance Conference, “OFAC Investigations, Penalties and Settlements for Non-Regulated Entities and Individuals,” April 28, 2011
ACI’s 2nd China Summit on Export Controls Compliance, “Getting EAR Jurisdiction Right: How to Classify Under the CCL, ECCN's, de minimus and More,” and “Preventing Encryption Pitfalls: How to Incorporate China and U.S. Restrictions Into Your Export Program,” April 12-13, 2011
The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, Gibson Dunn Hosted Program, March 8, 2011
OFAC's Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations – Expanded Scope and New Requirements, Gibson Dunn Hosted Webcast, September 16, 2010
Canadian Bar Association's Foreign Investment Review Committee Conference, “The Investment Canada Act: New Law and Policy,” in Toronto, June 4, 2010.
ACI's 3rd National Forum on OFAC Enforcement & Compliance, “Fundamentals of Compliance with U.S. Economic Laws: OFAC Programs Demystified,” April 28, 2010
Strafford Publications teleseminar, “FCPA Compliance in Joint Ventures,” April 21, 2010
ACI's 5th National Forum on Export Enforcement & Investigations, “The Fallout from FCPA Cases: Minimizing Increased Risks of Crossover Government Export Investigations,” January 29, 2010
Strafford Publications webinar, “Foreign Asset Control Compliance in Domestic and International Transactions,” October 6, 2009
Council on Foreign Relations Corporate Program, Presider, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Challenges and Developments in Emerging Markets,” in Washington, DC, September 24, 2009
American Conference Institute's India Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance and Enforcement, Presenter, Workshop on “Fundamentals of FCPA Compliance: Navigating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act,” in Mumbai, India, June 2, 2009
American Conference Institute's “2nd National Forum on OFAC Enforcement and Compliance,” Panel Moderator on “Facilitation: What is it and How to Minimize Risks,” Washington, DC, April 21, 2009
Northern Virginia Technology Council and Administrative Committee of Hangzhou Economic and Technological Development Area, presentation on U.S.-China Trade Issues, in Tysons Corner, Virginia, October 23, 2008
Strafford Publications, Inc.'s seminar (teleconference) on “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Voluntary Disclosures,” September 16, 2008
American Conference Institute's ”OFAC Enforcement and Compliance National Forum,” panel on “Facilitation: What Is It, and How to Minimize Risks,” in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2008
American Conference Institute's 3rd National Forum on Export Enforcement & Investigations “M&A Due Diligence: Reducing the Risk of Successor Liability,” January 31, 2008
Ethisphere webcast on “Exporting Technology and High-Tech: Your Responsibilities Under U.S. Export Control Laws,” October 9, 2007
Aviation Week's “Defense Suppliers' Forum,” Export Controls panel, on Commodity Jurisdiction issues, June 4, 2007
American Conference Institute's 10th National Forum on Export Controls, “Foreign Nationals: Managing U.S. Restrictions on Dual Nationals and Complying with EU Privacy Laws,” May 16, 2007


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Areas of Practice 1) International Trade, 2) Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 3) FDA and Health Care, 4) Intellectual Property, 5) Law Firm Defense and 6) Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance
Law School William & Mary Law School, J.D., 1987
Education Mount Holyoke College, B.A., 1984
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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