Emerson Siegle

Associate

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  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2013; Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review, editorial board
  • BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, Pepperdine University, 2010

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • Virginia, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2014
  • Honorable Norman K. Moon, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Emerson Siegle

Associate

Emerson Siegle focuses his practice on U.S. regulations governing trade and foreign investment. He regularly advises clients on the full scope of U.S. trade laws, including economic sanctions regulations, export controls, import laws, and anti-boycott laws, and assists with internal and government investigations related to these laws and regulations. Emerson also routinely counsels clients on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process, and assists with obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for transactions. Emerson writes frequently about economic sanctions, CFIUS, and other international risk topics.

Emerson also has significant experience helping clients evaluate and improve their compliance programs, handling pre- and post-acquisition due diligence, and in administrative and constitutional litigation.

Emerson maintains an active pro bono practice. He worked on the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges and litigation defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has also drafted amicus briefs before various appellate courts, represented an organization dedicated to increasing openness and transparency in government, and led litigation to defend voting rights.

Experience

Trade – Investigations and Disclosures

  • Represented international freight forwarding company in internal and government-initiated investigations and disclosures related to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations and Export Administration Regulations
  • Represented international life sciences company in internal investigations and disclosures related to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations, Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and Foreign Trade Regulations
  • Represented non-U.S. financial institution in internal investigation and disclosure related to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations
  • Represented individual in U.S. Department of Justice investigation relating to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations and Export Administration Regulations
  • Represented European manufacturer in disclosure relating to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations targeting Iran 
  • Represented customs broker in responding to and successfully concluding U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation into duty claims for goods entry
  • Represented an oil and gas company in submitting a disclosure relating to potential violations of the anti-boycott regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce

Trade – Compliance and Due Diligence

  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in conducting comprehensive compliance program reviews, with a focus on trade compliance
  • Represented an oil and gas company in global trade compliance diagnostic review and assisted company to enhance controls related to economic sanctions, import and export compliance, and anti-boycott laws
  • Assisted multiple life sciences companies review and assess controls related to export, deemed export, import, and anti-boycott compliance
  • Regularly advises shipping and logistics providers on the sanctions and export risk of proposed transactions
  • Assisted companies develop procedures for conducting business in Iran in compliance with OFAC’s General License H, and with winding down transactions following the revocation of General License H
  • Routinely conducts pre- and post-acquisition economic sanctions, export control, and anti-corruption due diligence for corporate and private equity clients, and develops and enhances international risk policies and procedures

CFIUS

  • Guided Asia-based technology company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. semiconductor company
  • Guided Asia-based investor in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for investment in U.S.-based travel company
  • Guided German-based metals company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. metal company
  • Guided German-based lubricants company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. lubricants company
  • Guided U.S.-based insurance company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition by Canadian firm
  • Advised multiple clients face CFIUS-initiated reviews of non-notified transactions
  • Assists clients in a broad range of industries, including multiple private equity and venture capital firms, conduct CFIUS due diligence and consider CFIUS structuring issues

Administrative and Constitutional Litigation

  • Represents the Medical Information Working Group (MIWG), an informal coalition of major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers that address legal and policy issues pertaining to government regulation of manufacturer communications
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer and physicians in federal district court litigation, successfully challenging FDA regulations governing truthful and non-misleading speech on First Amendment and administrative grounds
  • Represented major cancer treatment and research center in seeking relief under the Administrative Procedure Act against the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Pro Bono

  • Part of the Ropes & Gray team involved in representing plaintiffs in Tanco v. Haslam, one of four marriage equality cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Supreme Court held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples
  • Part of the Ropes & Gray team involved in defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
  • Numerous amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court and circuit courts of appeal, with a particular focus on LGBTQ equality and religious liberty, including in cases such as King v. Burwell, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
  • Represents coalition pursuing openness and transparency in D.C. government
  • Represented voting rights organization in litigating protection of federal voting rights

Publications

Presentations

  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2013; Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review, editorial board
  • BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, Pepperdine University, 2010
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