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Chandler S. Leonard

Associate


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.

Education

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

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Maryland.

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Treasury, Commerce Alert May Lead To More Diligence Steps, Affect Disclosures, Law Firm Says Export Compliance Daily (subscription required) (July 14, 2022)
Press Coverage
"FinCEN and the U.S. Department of Commerce Issue Joint Alert Highlighting Risks of Export Control Violations for Financial Institutions," International Trade Bulletin (July 13, 2022). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Anand Sithian, Chandler S. Leonard, Jeremy Iloulian, Jackie Schaeffer
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Balancing US/China Export Controls," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (June 21, 2022). Speakers: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jeremy Iloulian, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito, and Zhiwei Chen
Speech/Presentation
"Update: Expanded U.S. Ban on Russian Imports and Russia’s Removal from Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 29, 2022). Authors: John B. Brew, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Vanikiotis, Frances P. Hadfield, Anand Sithian and Chandler S. Leonard.
Publication
"Breaking News: Expanded U.S. Ban on Russian Imports and Russia’s Removal from Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 11, 2022). Authors: John B. Brew, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Vanikiotis, Anand Sithian, Frances P. Hadfield and Chandler S. Leonard.
Publication
"Export Controls Year in Review 2021," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (February 2, 2022). Speakers: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Robert Clifton Burns, Nimrah Najeeb, Chandler S. Leonard, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito, Rachel Schumacher
Speech/Presentation
"(Supply) Chain Reaction: Preparing for and Mitigating the Impacts of Supply Chain Delays: International Trade," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (January 26, 2022). Speakers: Nicole Simonian, Clif Burns, Michelle Linderman, Jackson Pai, Maria Vanikiotis, Frances Hadfield, and Chandler Leonard.
Speech/Presentation
"UPDATE: [Close of Comments on Commerce Cyber Rule]," International Trade Bulletin (January 20, 2022). Contacts: Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Alexander Urbelis, Robert Clifton Burns, Chandler S. Leonard, Rachel Schumacher
Client Alert / Newsletter
"BIS and DDTC Add Cambodia to their ‘Naughty’ List," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (December 14, 2021). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Chandler S. Leonard and Rachel Schumacher.
Publication
"Close of Comments on Commerce Cyber Rule," Privacy Law Alert (December 6, 2021). Contacts: Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Alexander Urbelis, Robert Clifton Burns, Chandler S. Leonard, Rachel Schumacher
Client Alert / Newsletter

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