Specialize in financial services law and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance in the US and internationally. Expert witness on BSA/AML compliance matters in civil cases. Clients include banks, broker-dealers, industrial companies, law firms and US Government agencies. Assisted offshore financial center in strengthening its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing framework. Completed third annual independent BSA/AML review/audit of publicly held money service business. Assisted major US law firm in a 15-month project that involved reviewing the BSA/AML compliance functions of one of the largest multi-national financial services companies, including its broker-dealers, banks, insurance companies and real estate units; analyzed enterprise-wide compliance policies and procedures, interviewed compliance officers, and drafted recommendations. Consultant to International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 1997 on banking and AML issues, including assessments of offshore financial centers, drafting legislation for member countries, and conducting training for government officials. Consultant to World Bank on legal issues relating to systemic financial crisis, bank insolvency and deposit insurance matters in Eastern European and former Soviet countries. Speak on banking and AML issues at conferences and seminars throughout the world, including China, Croatia, Ghana, Kuwait, Montenegro, Nepal, Niger, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. Widely quoted on banking and AML matters in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, BD Week, IA Week, Moneylaundering.com News, Money Laundering Bulletin (London)and the Nikkei (Japan). Appeared on CNN International and BBC World News, and interviewed on Canadian and German public radio. Member, International Editorial Board, Journal of Banking Regulation (London).
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.
Co-chair, American Bar Association International AML Committee, 2008 – 2011.
Founding board member, National Capital Chapter of ACAMS, 2009 – 2011; currently advisor to board.
Women in Housing and Finance, 1991 – present.
Areas of Practice
- Administrative Law
- Finance & Banking
- International Law & Trade
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