David H. Laufman

Former Senior DOJ National Security Division Official David H. Laufman Joins Wiggin and Dana

May 6, 2019 Press Release

Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that David H. Laufman, former Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a partner. Laufman will Co-Chair the firm’s National Security Practice Group and will be a member of the White-Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group and the International Trade Compliance Group.

“David’s commitment, dedication and success, coupled with his extraordinarily varied background in both the public and private sectors make him a perfect fit for our firm as we continue to expand our White-Collar Defense and International Trade Compliance practice groups,” said James Glasser, Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department. “Given David’s recent responsibility for overseeing the Justice Department’s enforcement of U.S. export control and sanctions laws, as well as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), he is ideal to co-chair our National Security Practice Group where he will have the opportunity to serve our clients using his wealth of knowledge and experience.”

Laufman’s practice will draw heavily on his extensive experience in government enforcement and national security affairs. In addition to overseeing the enforcement of FARA and export control and sanctions laws as Chief of CES, he oversaw the enforcement of economic espionage laws governing the theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property, and laws regarding the unauthorized retention and disclosure of classified information. He also oversaw the investigation and prosecution of cyberattacks and intrusions perpetrated by foreign nation states and their proxies.

Notable recent accomplishments by Laufman include: overseeing the high profile criminal prosecution of Chinese telecommunications manufacturer, ZTE Corporation, for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran; co-authoring both DOJ’s Strategic Plan for Export Control and Sanctions Enforcement, and its Guidance Regarding Voluntary Self-Disclosures, Cooperation, and Remediation in Export Control and Sanctions Investigations Involving Business Organizations; overseeing the investigation of Hillary Clinton concerning her alleged storage and transmission of classified information on a personal email server during her tenure as Secretary of State; and overseeing the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential election prior to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.

Laufman said, “Companies and individuals face an increasingly daunting white-collar and regulatory enforcement environment, as well as challenges posed by congressional and Inspector General investigations. The need for specialized counsel to represent clients in these types of investigations, and to provide compliance counseling to keep them out of trouble, therefore has never been greater.  Wiggin and Dana is an exceptional law firm equipped to assist clients in each of these areas, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help strengthen its capabilities in Washington.”

Prior to his work at CES, Laufman served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Associate Independent Counsel, Investigative Counsel to the Committee on Ethics of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Staff Director and Deputy Chief Counsel of the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.  Laufman has won several awards, including the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, the Justice Department’s highest award for excellence in litigation. He began his career as a military and political analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Laufman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University.