Steve Pelak focuses his practice on civil and criminal enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.
With more than 30 years of experience, he provides clients with sound counsel and advocacy on administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions, as well as internal corporate compliance matters.
Steve has significant experience as a federal prosecutor and in private practice handling and supervising the investigation and prosecution of export control, embargo, fraud, bribery, public corruption, immigration, labor union corruption, terrorism, and other white collar and violent crimes. He counsels and represents individuals and corporate clients in federal and state administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions.
Steve assists clients with internal corporate compliance and due diligence efforts with regard to export control and embargo statutes and regulations, including the Arms Export Control Act/International Traffic in Arms Regulations; the Export Administration Regulations; the US Treasury Department’s sanctions programs; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); the Foreign Agents Registration Act; and other federal regulatory schemes. Steve has security clearance with the US government to work for cleared contractors with matters involving the Defense Security.
From October 2007 until June 2013, Steve served as the Department of Justice’s National Coordinator for all Export Control/Economic Sanctions Investigations and Enforcement. That role and his role as the Principal Deputy of the Counterespionage Section of the Justice Department brought him into daily and direct contact with the issues confronted by private industry in struggling with the regulatory requirements under the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC sanctions regulations.