David Laufman is a member of the White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Corporate Compliance Practice Group, as well as the Co-Chair of the National Security Practice Group.
David’s defense and compliance practice at Wiggin and Dana is based on his significant experience in government enforcement and national security matters, most recently as Chief of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
David represents organizations and individuals in federal white-collar criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, as well as congressional investigations, Inspector General investigations, and national security issues.
He also advises businesses and individuals on how to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), export control and sanctions regulations in the United States, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and government ethics rules.
Throughout his career, David has defended clients in a range of high-profile government enforcement actions and congressional investigations.
David also led two of the most sensitive investigations in the Department of Justice’s recent history while serving as Chief of CES.
Before joining the business, David worked as a federal prosecutor and a senior official at the Department of Justice’s top operational and policy levels. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General, assisting in the day-to-day management of the Department of Justice and the coordination of the Department’s reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Following that, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, prosecuting terrorism, export control, and other national security crimes.
Later, on behalf of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, David worked as a Special Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Fraud Division, where he investigated and prosecuted procurement fraud and corruption connected to US economic assistance to Iraq (“SIGIR”).
David’s legal practice has garnered him a multitude of honors. He obtained the Department of Justice’s top award for excellence in litigation, the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, in 2006, for his trial work as lead prosecutor in the terrorism case United States v. Abu Ali.
For his work in the United States v. Khan case, David was awarded the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism Investigation in 2007. (“the Virginia Jihad case”).
He received the Award for Excellence in Investigation from the Council of the Inspector Generals for Integrity and Efficiency in 2011 for his work in the case of United States v. Ayesh, which resulted in a new judicial precedent regarding the extraterritorial application of federal conflict-of-interest laws.