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Mark Clifford advises clients on a range of international trade controls matters, including U.S. sanctions, export controls, and antiboycott laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury. He also represents clients in internal investigations and complex and high-stakes civil litigation.

Mr. Clifford has advised clients in a variety of industries, including the defense, energy, financial services, medical device, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors.

  • Advises international business association and several international companies on U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba, Russia, and Sudan, as well as other targeted sanctions programs.
  • Represents a major consumer products company in ongoing state and federal litigation under the False Claims Act and an equivalent state statute.
  • Advised major defense company conducting an investigation into violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) closed the matter without taking enforcement action or imposing penalties.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a defense company into an employee complaint alleging a variety of accounting and tax improprieties.

Pro Bono

  • Represents a detained African man seeking asylum in the United States on the basis of his ethnicity and status as a gay man.