Elissa focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and litigation, antitrust criminal defense, regulatory enforcement defense, internal investigations, and compliance counseling. She handles a wide range of white collar matters and has defended clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Office of Special Counsel, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Office of the Comptroller of Currency, and Federal Reserve Board, among others.
Elissa is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. She has particular experience advising corporations, financial institutions, and individuals in anti-corruption, bank fraud, antitrust, and anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) investigations, and regularly counsels clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws. Her practice also includes representing clients in connection with regulatory, civil, and criminal enforcement actions arising from U.S. AML laws and regulations. Elissa’s matters often involve multiple government agencies, as well as foreign regulators or enforcement authorities.
Elissa maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on assisting Afghan women, former members of the Afghan military and intelligence communities, and their families.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elissa spent three years working on national security, intelligence, and foreign policy matters for the United States federal government.
- Conducted an extensive anti-corruption internal investigation for a major international oil company in connection with FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ.
- Served as counsel to employees of an international financial institution during an investigation by DOJ’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS).
- Counsel to a major U.S. company in DOJ AML/BSA investigation and FinCEN inquiry.
- Represented a major financial institution in an anti-corruption, AML, and securities investigation before the SEC, DOJ, and banking regulators.
- Represented a U.S. financial institution in connection with a BSA investigation and settlement negotiations with FinCEN.
- Advised a cryptocurrency company regarding compliance with U.S. AML and sanctions laws.
- Updated AML/BSA policies and procedures for financial institution clients.
Government, Antitrust, and Internal Investigations
- Represented The Boeing Company in investigation related to the 737 MAX resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement with DOJ.
- Represented a major financial institution in connection with an inquiry from the Office of Special Counsel.
- Represented an individual in a sanctions-related inquiry before DOJ and OFAC.
- Representation of individual in DOJ Antitrust investigation into alleged no-poach agreements between U.S. companies.
- In connection with proposed mergers and acquisitions, conducted due diligence reviews to assess AML, antitrust, and anti-bribery/anti-corruption risks for financial institutions and multinational corporations.
- Conducted antitrust, AML, and anti-corruption audits of multinational company’s locations throughout Latin America.
- Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (FCPA)
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
- Antitrust Litigation & Government Investigations
- Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Counseling and Defense
- Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
- International Investigations & Enforcement
- Strategic Risk & Crisis Management
Stanford Law SchoolJD
with pro bono distinction, member, Stanford Journal of International Law2015
Washington and Lee UniversityBAPolitics
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa2009
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2022, 2023, 2024; Antitrust Law, 2023, 2024
- Co-author, Impacts of Sanctions and Export Controls on Supply Chains, Global Investigations Review, The Guide to Sanctions: Fourth Edition, September 29, 2023
- Author, Departments of Justice, Commerce and Treasury Issue Tri-Seal Compliance Note on Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Potential Violations, Subject to Inquiry, July 31, 2023
- Author, Ericsson to Pay $206M in Fines for Alleged Violation of FCPA Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Subject to Inquiry, March 9, 2023
- Author, U.S. DOJ and Partners Increasing Enforcement of Sanctions and Export Controls, Subject to Inquiry, March 6, 2023
- Author, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices Adopt Policy Incentivizing Self-Disclosure of Corporate Misconduct, Subject to Inquiry, February 27, 2023
- Author, Cross-Border Enforcement and Trends — 2022 Year in Review, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 21, 2023
- Co-author, "4th Circ. Ruling Expands Wire Fraud Law’s Geographic Scope", Law360, September 12, 2022
- Author, Court Holds U.S. Wire Fraud Statute Reaches Foreign Defendant’s Conduct, Subject to Inquiry, July 11, 2022
- Co-author, "Impacts of Sanctions and Export Controls on Supply Chains", Global Investigations Review, The Guide to Sanctions: Third Edition, June 2022
- Author, DOJ, SEC Announce Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Settlement With Waste Management Company, Subject to Inquiry, April 25, 2022
- Author, New Revelations in Ukraine Lead to Tightening Global Sanctions, Subject to Inquiry, April 8, 2022
- Author, DOJ Declines to Prosecute UK Company After Cross-Border Bribery Investigation, Subject to Inquiry, March 31, 2022
- Author, Western Companies Starting to Feel Impact of Russian Sanctions, Subject to Inquiry, March 24, 2022
- Author, DOJ Launches “Task Force KleptoCapture” in Response to Russian Invasion, Subject to Inquiry, March 9, 2022
- Author, U.S. and Allies Significantly Expand Sanctions and Related Restrictions on Russia and Belarus, Subject to Inquiry, February 28, 2022
- Author, Additional Sanctions on Russia and the Importance of Business Contingency Planning, Subject to Inquiry, February 23, 2022
- Author, Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty of Making False Representations to Investors, Subject to Inquiry, January 10, 2022
- Author, Return to the Yates Memo: Deputy Attorney General Announces Tougher Approach to White Collar Enforcement, Subject to Inquiry, November 1, 2021
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia