Lawrence Ward

Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Seattle, WA)

LAWRENCE WARD is a Partner in Dorsey’s Seattle and Southern California offices and a member of the corporate practice group. Larry also currently serves as a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of State. As an international business attorney, he concentrates his practice on U.S. national security law and international trade compliance law. Larry helps clients in a variety of industries to understand and comply with various complicated U.S. regulatory schemes in a cost-effective manner so that they can avoid the monetary, criminal and other penalties and reputational damage faced when those regulations are violated. Specifically, Larry helps clients build and refine compliance programs, train employees, classify products for export purposes, apply for export licenses from the U.S. Government when necessary, structure internal safeguards for dealing with classified federal government information, internally investigate potential violations of the law, and strategize how best to disclose violations to the U.S. Government when something has gone wrong. Larry regularly provides advice on compliance matters related to U.S. export controls and represents clients before the Department of the Treasury on matters involving the economic sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce on matters involving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Department of State on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He also represents energy and technology companies on the export regulations administered by the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is also often called upon to provide counsel on regulatory issues associated with foreign investment in the United States, including reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); foreign ownership, control and influence (FOCI) mitigation plans under the National Industrial Security Program Operation Manual (NISPOM); and export control due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Larry regularly drafts compliance programs regarding the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and trains clients in FCPA compliance obligations. Larry received his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. Larry is a regular speaker and writer on international trade compliance and national security matters. Larry is a member of the Steering Group of the Export Controls of the ABA Section of International Law and serves as the Boards of Treehouse and Wayfind. Larry was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a “40 under Forty” in 2013.