Leigh Hansson

Leigh T. Hansson



  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Recipient of the Comparative Law Award; Member of the Woolsack Honor Society; Student at the University of Oslo, Norway
  • Hollins University, B.A., History and Political Science

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Maryland

Leigh is a partner in the Global Regulatory Enforcement group and the leader of the International Trade & National Security team at Reed Smith. Based in Washington, D.C., Leigh focuses her practice on two main areas: International Trade and Government Contracts.

Leigh has significant experience representing multi-national corporations in a wide range of industries, including financial services, defense and aerospace, shipping and maritime, education, manufacturing, life sciences, and energy and natural resources. She counsels clients in the legal regimes that govern international trade including the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and European Union sanctions, money laundering, and anti-boycott issues. Her work in these areas also involves practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and advising companies on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

Leigh provides solutions for clients in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Performing audits and internal investigations
  • Government enforcement and investigation matters
  • Conducting merger and acquisition due diligence reviews
  • Supply chain management
  • Designing and implementing trade compliance programs
  • Conducting compliance training

She routinely represents clients in enforcement matters before OFAC, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”), the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection (“CBP”), and other federal agencies. During the last several years, Leigh and her international team have represented clients in hundreds of enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and agency-led investigations (subpoenas, directed disclosures, seizures and detentions).

Leigh's government contracts experience includes representing protesters and intervenors in bid protests before the Court of Federal Claims, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office, and various state and local procurement entities; representing clients in matters before the Small Business Administration (“SBA”); resolution of suspension and debarment issues; handling claims against the government before various Boards of Contract Appeal; and defending qui tam actions. Leigh also routinely counsels her government contracting clients on subcontracting and teaming issues and assists them with mergers and acquisitions.

Employment History

  • 1998 - Reed Smith

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - (International Division, Planning Committee Member, London, 2007 Meeting) (Public Contract Law Division)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs (SIA)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Client Seminars

Various presentations to clients in France, the United Kingdom, the UAE, China, Denmark, Sweden, South America, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and throughout the United States on a variety of topics, including: 

  • OFAC and EU Sanctions 
  • Export Controls 
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 
  • Anti-Money Laundering 
  • Anti-boycott 
  • ATF Regulations 
  • Encryption 
  • Best Practices for Compliance Program Design and Implementation 
  • Restricted Party Screening in the United States and Europe 
  • Internal Investigations 
  • Financial Transaction Due Diligence 
  • Global Trade Compliance


Notable Quotes

  • "The Chips Are Up. Chinese takeover of U.S. tech firms could prove beneficial to both countries, but will political concerns complicate things?," Beijing Review, 3 August 2015
  • "Reported Chinese offer for Micron faces far too many hurdles," Reuters, 14 July 2015