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 the legal regimes that govern international trade including Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), 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”).

This work includes designing and implementing trade compliance programs and conducting compliance training, performing audits and internal investigations, preparation and counseling on licenses and agreements, merger and acquisition due diligence reviews, supply chain management, voluntary disclosures, and representing clients in government enforcement and investigation matters.

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.

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, 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

  • "Reported Chinese offer for Micron faces far too many hurdles," Reuters, 14 July 2015