Ross Delston – Law Office of Ross Delston

Practice/Organization Description

Attorney, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), expert witness, and former US banking regulator (FDIC) with substantial expertise in Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance over a 15-year period. Expert witness and/or litigation consultant on BSA/AML compliance issues in eight civil fraud cases in Federal and state courts against major banks and broker-dealers, most recently, on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office (SDNY) in a civil forfeiture case.

Participated in major compliance project involving international banking, AML/KYC and sanctions/OFAC framework of the NY branch of one the largest European banks. Assisted Bryan Cave law firm in 15-month project as part of AIG monitorship: Reviewed AIG’s BSA/AML compliance functions worldwide; analyzed compliance policies; interviewed compliance officers; and drafted recommendations. Completed five annual independent BSA/AML reviews of a public company as well as an independent audit of a regional broker-dealer. Revised the BSA/AML policies and procedures for trade finance unit of NY branch of major foreign bank to address risks of trade-based money laundering.

Consultant to International Monetary Fund (IMF) on AML/CFT and banking regulation since 1997, including nine AML/CFT assessments of offshore financial centers (OFCs) such as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2010) and Bermuda (2008); these are equivalent to FATF Mutual Evaluations. Retained by financial regulator of OFC to conduct a review of its AML/CFT compliance activities and risk assessment as well as elements of the regulated sector. Consultant to World Bank since 1998 on banking, deposit insurance and systemic financial crisis issues in Asia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Speak on banking and AML issues at conferences and seminars throughout the world, Quoted on AML matters in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, BD Week, ACAMS/ News, Money Laundering Bulletin (London), the Telegraph (London), the Hindu Business Line (India) and the Nikkei (Japan). Member, International Editorial Board, Journal of Banking Regulation (London).

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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia Bar, 1976


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors.

The George Washington University, B.A., with Special Honors.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), 2007 – present.

Certified CAMS Trainer, 2010 - present.

Previously Co-chair, Vice Chair and Senior Advisor, American Bar Association International AML Committee, 2008 – 11.

Founding board member and advisor to the board, National Capital Chapter of ACAMS, 2009 – 2011.

Member, Women in Housing and Finance, 1991 – present.

Honors and Awards

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (highest rating).


Washington, DC, United States

  • 202-494-5835
  • 202-280-1465

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Class Action
  • Finance & Banking
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
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