Senior Counsel

David D. Aufhauser

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David Aufhauser is Senior Counsel at Williams & Connolly, where he previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Anti-Money Laundering & Economic Sanctions practice group.  He has a diverse practice in investigations and litigation with particular focus on sanctions, corporate board counseling and cross border financial controversies.  Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, David served as General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department and the investment bank of UBS. 

At the Treasury, David supervised legal functions in International Affairs, Domestic Banking and Finance, Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the U.S. Bureau of Customs (“BOC”), the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”), the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”).  He also served as the Secretary's representative on the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Corporate Fraud Task Force and the Chairman of the National Security Council's (“NSC”) policy coordinating committee on terrorist financing.

For his public service, David was awarded the Treasury Department's highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award, and received awards for leadership and distinction in diplomacy, intelligence and law enforcement from the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”), and the Secret Service.

David has testified frequently before Congress and has been a guest lecturer at the law schools of Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, and at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the New School, the Brookings Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations (“CFR”).  He previously served as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (“CSIS”).  David currently serves as a director of the Atlantic Council, and a member of the CFR and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.

David is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.



Alexander Hamilton Prize, U.S. Department of Treasury

“Washington’s Top Lawyers,” Washingtonian magazine, 2009 and 2011


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