Michael J. Lowell



  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy
  • George Mason University, B.S., cum laude, Finance

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia

Mike is a partner in the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. He has an international practice counseling clients on trade and regulatory enforcement matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, anti-bribery, and other laws governing cross-border transactions. Mike advises multinational companies from a wide range of industries, including financial services, defense and aerospace, manufacturing, life sciences, and energy and natural resources.

Mike focuses his practice on the legal regimes that govern international trade, including: 

  • Sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”);
  • Export Administration Regulations ("EAR"); 
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"); and 
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

His work also includes practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) with respect to foreign investment matters; representation before U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) in enforcement matters; advising clients on U.S. anti-boycott requirements; and representing clients before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Justice, State, and the Treasury.

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

  • Acquisition due diligence 
  • Internal investigations, audits, risk assessments, and voluntary disclosures 
  • Government investigations and enforcement matters 
  • Supply chain management 
  • Training and in-house knowledge development 
  • Technology transfers 
  • Strategic planning and licensing 
  • Compliance program design, implementation, and overhaul

Mike routinely represents clients in enforcement matters before OFAC, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”), the Bureau of Industry & Security (“BIS”), CBP, and other federal government agencies. In the past three years, he has represented clients in more than 65 enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and agency-led investigations (subpoenas, directed disclosures, seizures and detentions). Mike has also led a number of internal investigations, compliance audits, and risk assessments in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Additionally, he has experience advising clients on compliance in high-risk, emerging markets, such as Iraq, South Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, and Burma (Myanmar).

Prior to private practice, Mike clerked for the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he assisted FCPA prosecutions. He also clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As a litigator, Mike tried more than two dozen jury and bench trials, in addition to representing companies in arbitration.

Employment History

  • 2009 - Reed Smith
  • 2006 - Patton Boggs
  • 2005 - Trichilo Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
  • 2005 – The United States Court of Federal Claims
  • 2004 - The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, Law Clerk
  • 2003 - The United States Department of Justice, Law Clerk

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Client Choice Award for Best in Client Service, International Trade, North America (Lexology)

Professional Affiliations

  • ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
  • Society for International Affairs
  • George Mason American Inn of Court - Member (2005-2008)
  • ABA International Anti-corruption Committee

Client Seminars

Various presentations to clients in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and throughout the United States on a variety of topics, including:

  • OFAC Sanctions 
  • Export Controls 
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • 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
  • Security and Trade Regulations for the Nuclear Industry
  • Deemed Exports