David Laufman

Chief, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, DC)

David H. Laufman serves as Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (“CES”) in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”). CES has supervisory responsibility within DOJ for the investigation and prosecution of offenses concerning U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, atomic energy and counterproliferation, espionage, economic espionage, foreign agent registration and disclosure, and national security-related cyber intrusions and attacks.

Mr. Laufman previously served both as a federal prosecutor and at DOJ's highest operational and policy levels. As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General from 2001 to 2003, he assisted in the day-to-day management of DOJ and helped to coordinate DOJ's responses to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Laufman served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted terrorism, export control, and other national security offenses. From 2010 to 2011, he served as a Special Trial Attorney to the Fraud Section at DOJ, where, on detail from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction ("SIGIR"), he investigated and prosecuted procurement fraud and corruption related to U.S. economic assistance to Iraq. Mr. Laufman also has extensive experience in the field of economic sanctions.

From 2000 to 2001, he served as Staff Director and Deputy Chief Counsel to the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control, a congressionally mandated body that examined the administration of U.S. laws governing the imposition of economic sanctions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While serving as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Laufman also served as DOJ’s representative to the National Security Council’s Policy Coordinating Committee on Terrorist Financing, a sensitive inter-agency body that formulated intelligence and law enforcement policy and tactics regarding the designation of individuals and organizations suspected of financing al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.