Christopher Monahan, Counsel Washington, D.C.
cmonahan@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2529
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Christopher Monahan is a counsel in the International Trade Group at Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on the U.S. regulation of international trade, including export controls and sanctions. Chris primarily counsels clients with respect to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and also advises on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

He has represented U.S. and multinational clients from a variety of industries, including: manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, financial, aerospace, defense, aviation, electronics, software, pharmaceutical, and automotive. Chris also regularly advises on the international trade related risks associated with corporate mergers and acquisitions, including to numerous private equity funds.

On a day-to-day basis, he advises clients on legal questions related to complicated international transactions, global sourcing models, and corporate compliance structures. He conducts numerous internal investigations, audits, and compliance assessments. He prepares disclosures and responses to government agency inquiries related to violations of the ITAR, Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and OFAC administered sanctions programs. He represents and assists clients in responding to inquiries from government agencies such as the U.S. State Department, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Chris also regularly assists clients in matters related determining the jurisdiction and export control classification of their products and technology. He assists in obtaining government authorization to export goods, technology, and services ranging from defense articles and services to humanitarian aid to embargoed destinations. He drafts and helps implement compliance policies and procedures, trains company personnel, and assists clients with public comments to government rulemaking.

Chris has been cited by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in International Law. He has also lectured on export controls and sanctions for the American Bar Association, the American Conference Institute, the International Compliance Professionals Association, and other professional groups.

In addition to his international trade practice, Chris represents clients in child custody and domestic violence litigation. He helps parental and third party guardians obtain permanent and temporary custody orders, child support, and civil protective orders.

Chris received his B.A. in history from Santa Clara University and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (International Division)
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs


Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Export Voluntary Disclosures," International Compliance Professionals Association’s Annual Conference, Miami, FL (March 13, 2017). Panelist: Christopher Monahan.
  • "How to Maintain Compliance in Cloud Computing," C5’s Forum on ITAR and EAR: U.S. Trade Controls Compliance in Europe, London, U.K. (February 1, 2017). Panelist: Christopher Monahan.
  • "An Intro to Export Controls, Economic and Trade Sanctions: Understanding and Addressing Risks and Challenges," Webinar (August 11, 2016). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan and Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro.
  • "Developing the Most Efficient AML and OFAC Compliance Procedures to Improve Your Company’s Competitiveness," 12th National Forum on Insurance Regulation, New York, NY (July 26, 2016). Presenter: Christopher Monahan.
  • "The Challenges of Commercial Item Contracting," OOPS 2016, Crowell & Moring's 32nd Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 25-26, 2016). Moderator: Lorraine M. Campos; Panelists: J. Chris Haile, Christopher Monahan, and Nkechi Kanu.
  • "AES Filing Focus: Routed Export Transactions," ICPA 2015 Fall Meeting, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (October 26, 2015). Presenter: Christopher Monahan.
  • "International Trade Compliance for the Business Lawyer," ABA Business Law Section Webinar for Library of Online ABA Content (October 6, 2015). Presenter: Christopher Monahan.
  • "Export Controls, Economic and Trade Sanctions: The Challenges and Risks," Thompson Information Services Webinar (September 24, 2015). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, and David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Working with OFAC to Obtain Necessary Licenses or Advisory Opinions in a Timely Manner," American Conference Institute (ACI) Economy Sanctions West Coast Forum, San Diego, CA (July 30, 2015). Presenters: Christopher Monahan; Jeffrey Braunger, Office of Foreign Assets Control; and Kathryn Greaney, The Boeing Company.
  • "International Trade Compliance for the Business Lawyer," ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 16, 2015). Presenter: Christopher Monahan.
  • "This Year in Trade - What's Ahead in 2015: Export Controls," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 10, 2015). Presenters: Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, and David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Recent Developments in U.S. Export Controls," SRA International Western/Northeast Section, San Francisco, CA (March 19, 2012). Presenter: Christopher Monahan.


Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions; U.S. Senate Passes New Iran and Russia Sanctions," International Trade Bulletin (June 19, 2017). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Mariana Pendás
  • "The Month in International Trade — April 2017," International Trade Bulletin (May 4, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Edward Goetz, Frances P. Hadfield, Paul Davies, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Alexander H. Schaefer, John B. Brew, Robert L. LaFrankie, Charles De Jager, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Gordon McAllister, Edward Norman, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Mariana Pendás, Angela B. Styles, Kris D. Meade
  • "This Month in International Trade — March 2017," International Trade Bulletin (April 6, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Frances P. Hadfield, Paul Davies, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Robert L. LaFrankie, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Charles De Jager, Alan W. H. Gourley, M. Yuan Zhou, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Andrew Blasi
  • "This Month in International Trade — January 2017," International Trade Bulletin (February 9, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Paul Davies, Andrew Blasi, Cari N. Stinebower, W. Scott Douglas, Mariana Pendás, Patricia L. Wu, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Charles C. Hwang, Charles De Jager, Melissa Morris, Daniel Cannistra, Eduardo Mathison, Carlton Greene, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Lorenzo Di Masi, Gordon McAllister, James (J.J.) Saulino, Robert A. Burton, Lorraine M. Campos, Peter Eyre, Elizabeth Buehler, Alan W. H. Gourley, James G. Flood, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Monique D. Almy
  • "This Month in International Trade — November 2016," International Trade Bulletin (December 8, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Charles De Jager, Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, Cameron Prell, Elena Klonitskaya, Lorenzo Di Masi, Adrian Jones, Gordon McAllister, Edward Norman, Simon Evers, Mariana Pendás, James (J.J.) Saulino, Adeoye O. Johnson, Matthew B. Welling
  • "This Month in International Trade — October 2016," International Trade Bulletin (November 3, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás, Daniel Cannistra, Charles De Jager, Alexander H. Schaefer, Danielle Giffuni, Kelly T. Currie, James (J.J.) Saulino, Alan W. H. Gourley
  • "This Month in International Trade — September 2016," International Trade Bulletin (October 11, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Adrian Jones, Ian A. Laird, Charles De Jager, John Laird, Gordon McAllister, Aaron Marx, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Robert L. LaFrankie, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford, Paul Davies, Danie Beukman, Christopher Monahan
  • "This Month in International Trade - June 2016," International Trade Bulletin (July 11, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Gordon McAllister, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Aaron Marx, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Jeffrey L. Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeane A. Thomas, Evan D. Wolff, Frederik Van Remoortel, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Carlton Greene, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Mariana Pendás, Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, James (J.J.) Saulino
  • "This Month in International Trade - May 2016 ," International Trade Bulletin (June 9, 2016). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Anne Elise Herold Li, Ian A. Laird, Paul Davies, Charles De Jager, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Cari N. Stinebower, Mariana Pendás, David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, James (J.J.) Saulino, Kelly T. Currie, James G. Flood, Dalal Hasan, Jeffrey L. Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeane A. Thomas, Evan D. Wolff, Frederik Van Remoortel
  • "Up, Up, and Away – State Increases Potential Civil Penalties for Export and Other Administrative Violations," International Trade Bulletin (June 7, 2016). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "DDTC and BIS Revise Definitions in ITAR and EAR – Effective September 1," International Trade Bulletin (June 3, 2016). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "This Month in International Trade - April 2016," International Trade Bulletin (May 5, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Daniel Cannistra, Anne Elise Herold Li, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Charles De Jager, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Christopher Monahan, Stephen M. Byers, Kelly T. Currie, Janet Levine, Thomas A. Hanusik, Alan W. H. Gourley, Glen G. McGorty, Ian A. Laird, Paul Davies
  • "This Month in International Trade - March 2016," International Trade Bulletin (April 7, 2016). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, Adeoye O. Johnson, Paul Davies, Ian A. Laird, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Nicholas DeLong, Aaron Marx, Alexander H. Schaefer, Wing Cheung
  • "This Month in International Trade - February 2016," International Trade Bulletin (March 8, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Daniel Cannistra, Benjamin Blase Caryl, David (Dj) Wolff, Thomas A. Hanusik, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, James (J.J.) Saulino, Adeoye O. Johnson, Christopher Monahan, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Ian A. Laird, Alexander H. Schaefer
  • "This Month in International Trade - January 2016," International Trade Bulletin (February 4, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Carlton Greene, Ian A. Laird, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Charles De Jager, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Cameron Prell, James (J.J.) Saulino, Paul Davies, Wing Cheung, Nicholas DeLong, Adeoye O. Johnson
  • "Cuba Policy: New Significant Amendments Easing Sanctions Relating to Trade, Travel, Financial Services, and Humanitarian Projects," International Trade Bulletin (January 26, 2016). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás
  • "This Month in International Trade - December 2015," International Trade Bulletin (January 7, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Daniel Cannistra, Paul Davies, Thomas A. Hanusik, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, Adrian Jones, Carlton Greene, Charles De Jager, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, James (J.J.) Saulino, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Adeoye O. Johnson
  • "This Month in International Trade - November 2015," International Trade Bulletin (December 3, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Ian A. Laird, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Frederik Van Remoortel, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl, James (J.J.) Saulino, Mariana Pendás
  • "This Month in International Trade - October 2015," International Trade Bulletin (November 5, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Charles De Jager, Daniel Cannistra, Paul Davies, Alexander H. Schaefer, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl
  • "Cuba Policy: Significant New Amendments from Treasury and Commerce," International Trade Bulletin (September 22, 2015). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "This Month in International Trade - June 2015," International Trade Bulletin (July 8, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Daniel Cannistra, Grégoire Ryelandt, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Aaron Marx, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "This Month in International Trade - April 2015," International Trade Bulletin (May 7, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Grégoire Ryelandt, Cameron Prell, Christopher Monahan, Alexander H. Schaefer, Paul Davies, David (Dj) Wolff
  • " This Month in International Trade - March 2015 ," International Trade Bulletin (April 7, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff, Gordon McAllister, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "U.S. Targets Cyber Crime with New Executive Order," Privacy Law Alert (April 2, 2015). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Evan D. Wolff, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "Iran Sanctions: "Historic" Framework of a Deal Announced," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 2, 2015). Contacts: Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, W. Scott Douglas, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff
  • " This Month in International Trade - February 2015 ," International Trade Bulletin (March 5, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, Grégoire Ryelandt, Alexander H. Schaefer, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - January 2015," International Trade Bulletin (February 5, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Jennifer N. Waters, Alexander H. Schaefer, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "Treasury and Commerce Implement New U.S. Cuba Policy," International Trade Bulletin (January 16, 2015). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - December 2014," International Trade Bulletin (January 8, 2015). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alexander H. Schaefer, Daniel Cannistra, Jennifer N. Waters, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2014," International Trade Bulletin (October 8, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "Enforcing the Peace: The U.S. and EU Sharply Expand Sanctions and Export Restrictions on Russia," International Trade Bulletin (September 12, 2014). Contacts: Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - August 2014," International Trade Bulletin (September 8, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Edward Goetz, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "OFAC Changes Its Mind on Aggregate SDN Ownership," International Dispute Resolution Alert (August 14, 2014). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - July 2014," International Trade Bulletin (August 8, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, Alexander H. Schaefer, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - June 2014," International Trade Bulletin (July 8, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - May 2014," International Trade Bulletin (June 4, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - April 2014," International Trade Bulletin (May 6, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "New Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: The G-7 Responds to Perceived Violations of the Geneva Accords," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 28, 2014). Contacts: Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - February 2014," International Trade Bulletin (March 7, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - January 2014," International Trade Bulletin (February 4, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - December 2013," International Trade Bulletin (January 8, 2014). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Thomas De Meese, John Fuson, Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - November 2013," International Trade Bulletin (December 3, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Frederik Van Remoortel, Christopher Monahan, Alexander H. Schaefer, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2013," International Trade Bulletin (September 30, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Melissa Morris, Cari N. Stinebower, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff, Edward Goetz
  • "This Month in International Trade - July 2013," International Trade Bulletin (August 9, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, John Fuson, Alan W. H. Gourley, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month in International Trade - April 2013," International Trade Bulletin (May 3, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Christopher Monahan
  • "Reform Initiative Becomes Reality," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 16, 2013). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Christopher Monahan
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2012," International Trade Bulletin (October 10, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, George D. Ruttinger, Daniel Cannistra, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month In International Trade - May 2012," International Trade Bulletin (June 11, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "This Month In International Trade - December 2011," International Trade Bulletin (January 9, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Alexander H. Schaefer, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan


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