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Michael Parker

Counsel, Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Practice

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Michael Parker

Michael Parker is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (“MLARS”).  During his six-plus years at MLARS, Mr. Parker was responsible for money laundering and forfeiture investigations of transnational criminal organizations and foreign threat actors, including serving as the lead MLARS prosecutor for the “Panama Papers” case.  Mr. Parker also served as a subject matter expert on economic sanctions for MLARS and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country.  In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) awarded Mr. Parker with the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation for his work on a North Korea-related sanctions evasion and money laundering case.

Prior to his time at DOJ, Mr. Parker spent nearly eight years at the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) where he served as a Sanctions Investigator, and later a Section Chief in OFAC’s Enforcement Division.  During his tenure at OFAC, Mr. Parker was responsible for sanctions investigations of transnational criminal organizations, cartel-related targets under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, and high-profile Middle Eastern sanctions targets under various legal authorities. He also held supervisory authority over one of three OFAC Enforcement divisions and was the supervisory enforcement officer for violations of U.S. sanctions programs.

Mr. Parker is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and earned his J.D. and LL.M. in national security law from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars.  Prior to his time in government service, Mr. Parker lived in Mexico City as an expatriate where he worked in the non-profit sector, including working with businesses to end HIV/AIDS-related stigma in the workplace.

Mr. Parker frequently contributes to national and international news coverage on money laundering, forfeiture, and economic sanctions for prominent media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Politico, Slate, CBC News, and ProPublica.