David (Dj) Wolff, Crowell & Moring

sanctions expert, export controls expert

David (Dj) Wolff is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a director with C&M International, the firm’s trade policy affiliate.

At Crowell & Moring, he practises in the International Trade Group where his practice covers compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, export controls and antiboycott regimes, and anti-money laundering (‘AML’) laws and regulations. Dj works with US and non-US clients with respect to all aspects of these regimes, including by developing compliance programmes, representing them during enforcement and investigation proceedings, conducting internal investigations, and responding to government inquiries.

Some of Dj’s recent representative engagements include:

  • Represented a non-profit in securing the first-ever public exemption for a non-UN body granted by the United Nations Security Council’s 1718 Committee from its North Korea related sanctions.
  • Secured successful closure of OFAC subpoena without penalty relating to a review of U.S. service provider’s compliance with Russia-related “sectoral” sanctions.
  • Conducted numerous week-long intensive sanctions trainings annually for a total of more than 600 bank compliance officers in five countries on three continents.
  • Led the International Trade M&A due diligence for a U.S. based private equity client’s purchase of more than a dozen target companies.
  • Seconded to two different financial institutions to help design and manage a economic sanctions compliance program.
  • Served, in collaboration with a U.K. colleague, as expert witnesses related to U.S. and U.K./EU economic sanctions, in litigation in Scotland.

In 2016, Dj was one of five finalists globally for the WorldECR Young Practitioner of the Year award.  Dj was selected as one of the National Law Journal’s ‘DC Rising Stars’ in 2019, and was identified as one of the ‘Future Leaders’ by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations in 2018 and 2019 and one of the ‘40 under 40’ in Investigations internationally by the Global Investigations Review in 2017.

Contact Details


Phone: +1 202 624 2548

Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004


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