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Drawing on his experience as a national security attorney for over a decade in the federal government, including at the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Christian C. Contardo advises clients in the technology, finance, and industrial sectors on a variety of national security, global trade, and privacy issues.
His deep knowledge of government policies concerning national security, economic sanctions, data privacy and security, and financial intelligence enhances his ability to effectively counsel clients, and represent them before U.S. government agencies, including on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, import and export controls, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, government investigations, compliance programs, and geo-political risks to cross-border transactions and business activities.
In addition, Christian advises on federal government contract matters, including agreements for foreign military sales under the Arms Export Control Act. He also works with defense contractors and subcontractors on related issues such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, export controls, foreign ownership and control, and facility clearances.
While serving as an attorney advisor to the Department of the Treasury, Christian provided legal guidance on matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act, intelligence, economic sanctions, CFIUS, counterintelligence/insider threat programs, anti-money laundering, security clearance investigations, information security, and data privacy.
Earlier, he worked at the Department of Justice, National Security Division, where he represented the government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In addition, he served as a deputy chief for national security law at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE), advising leadership on legal and policy issues in federal investigations involving immigration, counterterrorism, espionage, visa security, fraud, and export control.