Chris Monahan advises U.S. and international clients on law and policy affecting complex international transactions across a range of industries. He has extensive experience navigating the nuances of U.S. regulation of international trade and foreign investment, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), matters in front of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

He designs and manages international investigations, audits and compliance assessments, along with the preparation of disclosures and responses to government agency inquiries and subpoenas related to violations of the ITAR, EAR and OFAC sanctions programs.

Chris assesses organizational international trade compliance risks, including those associated with corporate mergers and acquisitions. He has supported companies facing highly technical compliance challenges, as well as defending and resolving serious violations of U.S. export controls with the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce (DDTC and BIS), sanctions administered by the Department of Treasury (OFAC) and anti-corruption laws (FCPA and UK Bribery Act).

Chris also represents clients responding to inquiries and subpoenas from government agencies such as the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

He has represented U.S. and multinational clients from a variety of industries, including aerospace, defense, aviation, electronics, pharmaceutical and automotive, on matters from day-to-day compliance to licensing, classification and commodity jurisdiction. Chris assists clients in the creation of export compliance programs and conducts trainings on export controls for both U.S. and international companies.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. (2008)

Santa Clara University
B.A. in History (1999)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Law360 Editorial Board for International Trade
  • American Bar Association (International Division)
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers as a 2021 Washington DC "Rising Star"
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in International Law
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