• The George Washington University, B.A. international affairs/economics (1981)
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D. (1984)


  • New Hampshire (inactive)
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Michael J. Gunnison

Senior Counsel

Michael J. Gunnison is a senior counsel in the Doha office of Crowell & Moring and is in the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Group. Mike has decades of litigation and prosecution experience with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Department of Justice Fraud Section, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Prior to joining Crowell, Mike served in senior roles in U.S. embassies in the Middle East, including most recently as the resident legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. Notably, Mike was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism to implement the 2017 U.S-Qatar Memorandum on Combatting Terrorism Financing. Since then, he has worked with Qatar’s senior leadership and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to strengthen Qatar’s anti-money laundering (AML), counter financing of terrorism (CFT), and targeted financial sanctions regimes.

Mike is an experienced white collar trial and investigations lawyer with deep experience in the region and a record of success handling cases involving defense contract fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, export controls, sanctions, cybercrime, and intellectual property rights. Mike’s unique experience allows him to advise clients on effectively responding to U.S. and regional investigations and also to provide assistance to implement successful AML/CFT, sanctions, and corporate compliance programs.

U.S. Government Experience

  • Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar (2018-2021)
  • Trial Attorney, DOJ Fraud Section; and Associate General Counsel, SIGAR (2016-2017)
  • Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE (2006-2008; 2013-2016)
  • Rule of Law Coordinator (Senior Executive Service), Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2010); Legal Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad (2004)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire (1990–2006; 2008-2009; 2011-2013)
    • Acting U.S. Attorney
    • First Assistant U.S. Attorney
    • Criminal Chief
    • White Collar Prosecutions Supervisor
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, New York (1987-1990)


  • Law Clerk to Hon. Dominick L. DiCarlo, U.S. Court of International Trade, New York


Admitted to practice: New Hampshire (inactive), New York; New York and New Hampshire State and Federal District Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for Exceptional Service in Furthering the Rule of Law in Iraq
  • Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Furthering U.S. Interests Overseas 
  • DOJ Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney 
  • Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Award, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Prosecutor of the Year Award, International Association of Financial Crime Investigators

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