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

David (Dj) Wolff is a counsel 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. Luke's School, his alma mater, in New Canaan, CT.

Dj received his J.D. from Stanford University, an M.S. in international relations, with merit, from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude.


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

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Practical Implications of Instituting an OFAC-Ready Global Sanctions Compliance Program," The WorldECR Export Controls & Sanctions Forum 2015, London, UK (October 14-15, 2015). Presenter: David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Practical Implications of Instituting an OFAC-Ready Global Sanctions Compliance Program," The WorldECR Export Controls & Sanctions Forum 2015, Washington, D.C. (September 21-22, 2015). Presenter: David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "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.
  • "Beyond Nagoya: Access and Benefit Sharing Requirements in the EU and WIPO," Personal Care Products Council Annual Legal and Regulatory Conference (April 2014). Presenter: David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Export Controls, Economic and Trade Sanctions: The Challenges and Risks," L2 Federal Resources Webinar (January 30, 2013). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, James (J.J.) Saulino, and David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Avoiding Anti-Corruption Violations During Customs Transactions" C5's 7th Annual Advanced Forum on Global Customs Compliance, in Brussels, Belgium (May 23-24, 2012). Co-Speakers: David (Dj) Wolff, Alan W. H. Gourley and Laurent Ruessmann.


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