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Samir D.Varma

PartnerWashington, D.C. Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion InitiativeWashington, D.C. Chair, Pro Bono
Washington, D.C.

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New York

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Samir D.Varma

Washington, D.C. Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion InitiativeWashington, D.C. Chair, Pro Bono
Washington, D.C.

O 202.263.4136

New York

O 212.344.5680

Focus Areas

FCPA and Other Anti-Corruption Regulations

  • Advising companies on complying with FCPA and other anti-corruption laws, including the UK Bribery Act.
  • Representing corporate executives and companies in FCPA investigations by the DOJ and SEC.
  • Conducting FCPA/Anti-Corruption internal investigations and audits
  • Drafting and implementing compliance programs, and conducting Anti-Corruption training.
  • Drafting FCPA/anti-bribery contract provisions in distributor and agent agreements.
  • Performing due diligence on FCPA/anti-corruption risks in corporate transactions.

Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

  • Advising multinational corporations on a wide range of international regulatory issues related to BIS, DDTC and OFAC, including enforcement actions.
  • Advising multinational corporations on compliance issues related to U.S. trade sanctions and export controls, including licensing and classification issues.
  • Drafting and implementing export compliance programs and procedures.
  • Conducting internal audits and investigations of possible violations and helping draft voluntary disclosures to regulatory agencies.
  • Counseling clients on regulatory requirements affecting the movement of technology and services.


  • Advising companies on the U.S. regulatory requirements for imports of goods through the U.S. border, including issues of classification, origin and valuation.
  • Advising clients on participation in Customs C-TPAT and FTZ programs and compliance with related commitments.
  • Representing clients in Customs and Border Protection import enforcement actions; drafting voluntary disclosures when needed.
  • Developing import compliance programs and conducting internal audits and investigations of import processes and procedures.

Pro Bono

  • Assisting international public policy group with the drafting of a post-conflict constitution.
  • Advocating on behalf of human rights victims in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • Representing asylum applicants before the DOJ’s Immigration Court.
  • Presenter, “The Global Ripple Effect of the Ukraine-Russia Crisis: The Impact of Sanctions,” Thompson Hine Webinar, March 2022
  • Presenter, “White Collar Crime – Recent Developments and Emerging Risks Part I,” Thompson Hine Webinar Series, February 18, 2021
  • Moderator, “FCPA Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement,” Federal Bar Association Current Issues in Government Investigations Conference, April 26, 2018

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice
  • District of Columbia Bar, Section of International Law
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2007,

    staff member, Fordham International Law Journal;

    member, Immigrant Rights and Access to Justice Clinic

  • Fordham Univ Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 2007
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
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