Erich C. Ferrari

1455 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: 202-280-6370

Mr. Ferrari’s main areas of practice are assisting clients in complying with and addressing issues related to U.S. trade sanctions and federal criminal defense. In this capacity he works extensively on issues arising before the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). In addition, he has a strong background in national security law having formerly served as a research fellow and consultant to the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

OFAC Matters

In his trade sanctions practice, Mr. Ferrari represents both private individuals and entities in a variety of matters before OFAC seeking to not only protect their rights in current legal matters, but also to make certain that they become informed and aware of what it takes to comply with U.S. trade sanctions. Due to the reach of U.S. trade sanctions law, a number of Mr. Ferrari’s clients are located in various parts of the U.S. and in several countries across the world.

Mr. Ferrari’s representations before OFAC frequently involve investigations concerning violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, and the Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions Regulations. As part of these representations, Mr. Ferrari has worked to have names removed from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals List, answer administrative subpoenas issued during the course of an OFAC investigation, procure OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC, draft voluntary self-disclosures, develop and implement OFAC compliance programs for international import-export companies, and provide general counseling on OFAC related matters.

Mr. Ferrari actively writes on OFAC administered trade sanctions and has been published on the matter. In addition, he is often called upon by media outlets to speak on U.S. trade sanctions issues. He has been interviewed on OFAC related issues by CNN, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, and He is the founder and author of a U.S. trade sanctions blog:

Federal Criminal Defense

Mr. Ferrari has served as lead trial counsel on a number of complex federal criminal defense cases. He is a seasoned litigator and also has a masterful understanding of both pre-trial, trial and post-trial procedures.

Among other matters, Mr. Ferrari has successfully handled:

1. Mail and Wire Fraud cases

2. Mortgage Fraud/Real Estate Fraud cases

3. Tax Fraud cases

4. Money Laundering cases

5. National Security cases

6. Public Corruption cases

7. Economic Sanctions (IEEPA) Criminal Cases

7. Federal Appeals

Mr. Ferrari is personally involved in every aspect of his clients’ legal issues and has handled criminal matters throughout the United States, including Maryland, Texas, Florida, North Dakota, California, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C. He also assists clients in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central and South America. Mr. Ferrari maintains a security clearance and has served as cleared counsel in national security criminal cases.


American Bar Association
Iranian American Bar Association National Board of Directors
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers