Michael J. Lowell

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 International Trade and National Security Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions Group.

Mike has an international practice counseling clients on trade and regulatory enforcement matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, 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’s practice is focused on the legal regimes that govern international trade, including:

  • Sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”); 
  • Export controls, including the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and 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”) and Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) with respect to foreign investment matters; representation before U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) in enforcement matters; advising clients on 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:

  • M&A and investment due diligence
  • Internal investigations, audits, risk assessments, and voluntary disclosures
  • Government investigations and enforcement matters
  • Supply and distribution chain management
  • Training and in-house knowledge development
  • Technology transfers
  • 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 75 enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and agency-led investigations (subpoenas, directed disclosures, seizures and detentions).

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.

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
  • 2003 - The United States Department of Justice

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 & 2017 Client Choice Award for Best in Client Service, International Trade, North America (Lexology)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for International Affairs
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
  • ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
  • ABA International Anti-corruption Committee