Michael Burton is a Senior Advisor, Trusted Trade Alliance and a Member of the Washington, DC-based law firm Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC. He has more than 17 years experience representing US and foreign clients on a wide range of issues related to compliance with and enforcement of US export controls (Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations), economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), antiboycott, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering, and import laws. He counsels clients on complex trade controls issues, designs and audits corporate compliance programs, and has obtained numerous US government licenses authorizing transactions under these controls.
For his clients — ranging from Fortune 500 companies with novel trade controls challenges to smaller corporations without substantial in-house compliance resources — Michael develops compliance systems to identify, avoid, and mitigate international regulatory risks. He also conducts internal investigations, compliance assessments and due diligence, prepares voluntary disclosures, and defends and resolves enforcement actions before the US Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State, and Homeland Security.
Michael is the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the Section of International Law where he was Co-Chair for 2012-2014 and is a member of the OFAC Practitioners’ Group, NCITD, and AAEI. He also serves on the editorial board of the World Export Controls Review. Michael is listed in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for the practices of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.