Government Experience

  • Department of State—Senior Compliance Specialist, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (2016-2018)
  • Department of the Treasury—Sanctions Compliance Officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control (2018-2020)


  • Midwestern State University, B.A. international studies and political science (2008) magna cum laude
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (2013)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Chandler S. Leonard


Chandler S. Leonard is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade Group. Chandler’s practice focuses on export controls and economic sanctions issues, including voluntary disclosures and enforcement matters before the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury. Chandler has experience analyzing and advising U.S. and non-U.S. companies with respect to proposed transfers of U.S. origin technology, software, hardware, and services. She has performed jurisdictional and classification analyses under the ITAR and EAR, including drafting Commodity Jurisdiction requests and CJ Reconsideration requests. She assists in developing and/or reviewing U.S. export and sanctions compliance programs, including risk assessments. Chandler also has experience training a wide variety of audiences, both U.S. and foreign, on compliance with U.S. export control and sanctions requirements.

Chandler is a former compliance case officer with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) at the U.S. Department of State, where she managed politically high-profile and complex investigations of ITAR violations involving companies in a range of industries, from large defense contractors to small companies in the emerging technology field. While at DDTC, she oversaw a multinational conglomerate’s efforts to satisfy the requirements of an administrative settlement agreement and bring the consent agreement to conclusion. Chandler also participated in complicated regulatory and policy matters in the advisory opinion process, including issues related to defense services, mergers and acquisitions in foreign countries’ defense industry, and cloud computing. She also engaged in DDTC liaison with law enforcement agencies, federal prosecutors, and the intelligence community.

Chandler is most recently a former sanctions compliance officer with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Treasury Department, where she lead complex and high-profile investigations of apparent sanctions violators within the regulated financial sector, including U.S. financial institutions and foreign financial institutions. Chandler also brings in-house experience with navigating complex export control issues, including internal investigations and audits, for a large defense contractor.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Maryland.

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