David (Dj) Wolff, Associate Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2548
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

David (Dj) Wolff is an associate in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and a consultant with C&M International, the firm's trade policy affiliate.

At Crowell & Moring, he practices in the International Trade practice group where his practice covers compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, export controls and antiboycott regimes, and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations. Dj works with U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to all aspects of these regimes, including by developing compliance programs, representing them during enforcement and investigation proceedings, conducting internal investigations, responding to government inquiries, and managing the potential conflict of laws which can arise from the conflicting requirements of U.S. regulations and third country "blocking" laws or data privacy regulations. Dj also has extensive experience in international mergers and acquisitions, advising both buyers and sellers regarding the international trade implications of a potential deal.

Dj spent nine months seconded to a federally-regulated financial institution serving as its Global Economic Sanctions Compliance Leader where he was responsible for overseeing a worldwide economic sanctions compliance program covering numerous third country subsidiaries and millions of annual transactions and customers.

Additionally, Dj's trade practice also covers all aspects of U.S. Customs law where he represents U.S. importers on matters including valuation, classification and origin, including appealing adverse agency determinations to the Court of International Trade. Dj assists multi-national companies in the use, management and optimization of trade preference programs, such as free trade agreements (e.g., NAFTA, KORUS, TPP, etc.) and other duty preference programs (e.g., GSP) both in the United States and globally.

Dj also works as a consultant with Crowell & Moring's affiliate, C&M International, where he assists clients with international market access issues and represents clients through the multinational negotiation and national implementation of treaties, including international implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources as well as in current negotiations in front of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Dj also represents numerous clients doing business in the Asia-Pacific in developing and advancing initiatives through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum. 

Additionally, Dj maintains an active pro bono docket advising nonprofits on export controls and sanctions matters related to providing medical and humanitarian services in embargoed destinations. Dj is also heavily involved in high school education, administering Crowell & Moring's weekly tutoring program and serving as chairman of the Advocates Council with the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a D.C. Charter school with a pre-law focus, as well as serving on the Alumni Board of St. Lukes School, his alma mater, in New Canaan, CT.

Dj received his J.D. from Stanford University, a masters of science in international relations, with merit, from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, and the Court of International Trade

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  • U.S. Enforces Anti-Boycotting Laws
    November 2011 — WorldECR

    Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group associate, David “DJ” Wolff, speaks to World Export Controls Review (WorldECR)about the recent slew of anti-boycott settlements announced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)  for alleged anti-boycotting law violations. U.S. anti-boycott laws prohibit U.S. persons from acting with intent to comply with or support unsanctioned foreign boycotts. In the vast majority of cases, this means the boycott against Israel by the Arab League or other countries.

    According to Wolff, “While larger companies fielding sophisticated compliance teams are on top of U.S. laws, dangers lurk for those smaller companies who may not know anything about the Arab League, the boycott, or the boycotting laws and run the risk of violating the sanctions without having any intention to ostracize Israel.”

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