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Caroline E. Brown

Partner

cbrown@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2509
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Caroline E. Brown is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement and International Trade groups and the steering committee of the firm's National Security Practice. She provides strategic advice to clients on national security matters, including anti-money laundering (AML) and economic sanctions compliance and enforcement challenges, investigations, and cross border transactions, including review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. Telecommunications Services Sector (Team Telecom).

Caroline brings over a decade of experience as a national security attorney at the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Treasury. At the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, she worked on counterespionage, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism matters and investigations, and gained unique insight into issues surrounding data privacy and cybersecurity. In that role, she also sat on both CFIUS and Team Telecom and made recommendations to DOJ senior leadership regarding whether to mitigate, block, or allow transactions under review by those interagency committees. She also negotiated, drafted, and reviewed mitigation agreements, monitored companies’ compliance with those agreements, and coordinated and supervised investigations of breaches of those agreements.

Most recently, she served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where she developed an in-depth understanding of AML regulation and enforcement and FinCEN’s role in guarding the U.S. financial system against money laundering and terrorist financing. Before joining FinCEN, she served as an attorney in the Treasury Department’s Office of General Counsel, Enforcement and Intelligence, which provides counsel to the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. There, Caroline advised on sanctions, AML, and various other national security issues relevant to the nation’s financial system.

While at DOJ, Caroline was detailed to the White House for a year, where she coordinated communications strategy focused on national security. She previously worked on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign and served on the Obama Presidential Transition Team in 2008-2009. Her time at the White House as well as at Treasury and DOJ has given her significant experience managing rapid response and crisis communications.

Caroline’s time in government has enabled her to build strong relationships at senior levels across a number of U.S. government agencies, including DOJ, the FBI, the National Intelligence Council and other components of the Intelligence Community, the FCC, and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, Energy, Commerce, and the Treasury.

Caroline began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Jon McCalla in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee before joining the litigation group of a global law firm in Washington, D.C. She is a former term member on the Council on Foreign Relations, a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an Aspen Institute Socrates Scholar, and a Young Leader of the transatlantic organization Atlantik-Brucke.   

Education

  • Duke University, B.A. (1998)
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (2002)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member (former)
  • National Security Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Socrates Scholar, Aspen Institute
  • Atlantik-Brucke

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"Biden’s First 100 Days: Developments to Date and What Lies Ahead," Climate Law & Environmental Finance Update (May 7, 2021). Contacts: James G. Flood, Michael K. Atkinson, Tim Shadyac, Troy A. Barsky, Byron R. Brown, Caroline E. Brown, Robert A. Burton, Matthew Cohen, Kelly T. Currie, Jodi G. Daniel, W. Scott Douglas, Carina C. Federico, Paul Freeman, Thomas P. Gies, Alexis J. Gilman, Christine B. Hawes, Robert Holleyman, Stacie Heller, S. Starling Marshall, Shelley Su, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Scott L. Winkelman, Tiffany Wynn
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) 101: What’s All the Hype?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (May 4, 2021). Presenters: Caroline E. Brown, Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Michel C. Narganes, and Carissa Wilson.
Speech/Presentation
"Trade Secrets Investigations," Investigations: Readiness and Response Webinar Series (April 29, 2021). Presenters: Caroline E. Brown, Stephen M. Byers, Astor Heaven, Christine B. Hawes, and Raija Horstman.
Speech/Presentation
"Commerce Publishes ANPRM Seeking Comment On The Licensing Process For ICTS Transactions," Westlaw Today (April 28, 2021). Authors: Caroline E. Brown, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra del-Cerro, and Alan W.H. Gourley.
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"Congressional Investigations & National Security," Investigations: Readiness and Response Webinar Series (April 27, 2021). Presenters: Michael K. Atkinson, Caroline E. Brown, Adelicia R. Cliffe, James G. Flood, Paul M. Rosen, and Byron R. Brown.
Speech/Presentation
"DOJ Appointments at the Top and Recent Enforcement Actions Signal That Its China Initiative Will Likely Remain Intact," White Collar Alert (April 23, 2021). Contacts: Michael K. Atkinson, Caroline E. Brown, Julia Milewski, Laura Schwartz
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SEC Risk Alert Provides Valuable Reminders Concerning Importance of Compliance with SAR Reporting Requirements," White Collar Alert (April 21, 2021). Contacts: Caroline E. Brown, Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Carlton Greene, Tiffany Wynn, Allison Skager
Client Alert / Newsletter
"FinCEN Seeks Comment on Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements," White Collar Alert (April 16, 2021). Contacts: Caroline E. Brown, Carlton Greene, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Laura Schwartz, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Allison Skager
Client Alert / Newsletter
"President Biden Imposes Additional Sanctions on Russia," International Trade Bulletin (April 16, 2021). Contacts: David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Caroline E. Brown, Robert Clifton Burns, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Digital Asset Enforcement Trends: Getting Your House in Order," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 9, 2021). Moderator: Caroline E. Brown; Presenters: Carlton Greene and Michelle Ann Gitlitz.
Speech/Presentation

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