National Security Law

Increased global threats and tensions have heightened the focus on national security within the United States. New rules and regulations have been promulgated covering a wide range of activities, and the complexities of doing business globally have never been greater. Dorsey’s National Security Law Group understands the regulatory landscape and can assist any business that is facing these challenges and provide guidance and direction in assessing the risks and opportunities. Our experienced team of lawyers is ready to offer advice and counsel on the specific challenges your business must overcome to do business domestically and expand globally. We can assist you in complying with the myriad of laws, rules and regulations that have been enacted in the interest of improving national security.

Dorsey’s National Security Law Group provides clients with a detailed understanding of and assistance with complex issues involving U.S. laws, policies and procedures involving national security issues. We can provide counsel on issues such as:

  • National security reviews of foreign investments in or acquisitions of U.S. companies under the Foreign Investment and National Security Act (FINSA) administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS);
  • U.S. trade embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) within the U.S. Treasury Department against countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria; 
  • Munitions export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) within the U.S. State Department;
  • “Dual use” export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the U.S. Commerce Department; 
  • Nuclear technology export controls administered by the office of International Regimes and Agreements (OIRA) within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the U.S. Energy Department and nuclear commodities export and import controls administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC);
  • Facility and individual security clearances for defense contractors to handle classified information under the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) administered by the Defense Security Service (DSS) in the U.S. Defense Department;
  • National defense or homeland security related contracts and business arrangements; 
  • In collaboration with Dorsey’s SEC lawyers, responses to inquiries from the SEC's Office of Global Security Risk (OGSR) about public company reporting on their business activities in countries subject to U.S. embargoes and sanctions.