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Steven Pelak


975 F Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004

Steve focuses his practice on civil and criminal enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.

With more than 30 years of experience, he provides clients with sound counsel and advocacy on administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions, as well as internal corporate compliance matters.

Steve has significant experience as a federal prosecutor and in private practice handling and supervising the investigation and prosecution of export control, sanctions, fraud, bribery, public corruption, immigration, labor union corruption, terrorism, and other white collar and violent crimes. He counsels and represents individuals and corporate clients in federal and state administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions.

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Client Results

Representative Experience
  • Fritz et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran (District of Columbia)

  • PacNet Services v. U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (Eastern District of New York)

  • U.S. v. ABN AMRO Bank – Investigation and prosecution of an international bank relating to OFAC sanctions violations
  • U.S. West, et al. – Investigation and prosecution of the President of the International Association of Iron Workers and other union officials for embezzlement and related fraud offenses
  • In re Missile Technology Transfer to China – Investigation of export control violations arising from alleged transfer of missile or space launch vehicle technology by U.S. companies Space System/Loral and Hughes Space and Communications
  • U.S. v. United Technologies Corp. and Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. – Supervision of the investigation and prosecution of the unlawful export of technical data to China relating to engine software for attack helicopters
  • U.S. v. ITT Corp. – Supervision of the investigation and prosecution of the unlawful export of technical data to China relating to night vision equipment
  • U.S. v. BAE Systems plc – Supervision of the investigation and prosecution of a multinational defense contractor arising from a conspiracy to make false statements regarding foreign payments in relation to the sale of defense articles required to be disclosed to the State Department under the AECA/ITAR and false statements about its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program
  • U.S. v. Brown, et. al. – Investigation and prosecution of 12 officers of the Metropolitan Police Department for bribery, public corruption, and conspiracy offenses
  • U.S. v. Garappolo and Massey – Investigation and prosecution of Certified Public Accountants/outside auditors of an ERISA fund and a union for participation in a scheme to cover up embezzlement and to file false financial reports
  • In re Ruby Ridge – Investigation and prosecution of obstruction of justice and criminal conduct by FBI Headquarters Officials
  • In re Embezzlement from the Public Defender Service – Investigation and Prosecution of the Chief Financial Officer of a local governmental agency
  • U.S. v. Stowe – Investigation and prosecution of an official of the Metropolitan Police Department for extortion, fraud, and theft



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Chambers Global, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, 2017-2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Nationwide, 2016-2018
  • 2012 National Counterintelligence Executive’s Award for Counterintelligence Investigations and Prosecutions for participation in an export control investigation and prosecution relating to China
  • 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary’s Award for Export Enforcement
  • 2010 Attorney General’s Award for the Advancement of the National Security relating to an Iranian sanctions prosecution involving the national security
  • Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Criminal Trial Litigation
  • Numerous Special Achievement and Recognition Awards from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (2018-2020)

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court, Member (former)
  • Former Member, U.S. Government Senior Executive Service (2009-2013); Supervisor, Senior Litigation Counsel, and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator within the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Highlands Swim & Tennis Club, Board of Directors President (former)
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