David J. Ribner


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David J. Ribner counsels US and foreign clients on international trade and investment regulatory matters, including trade and anticorruption compliance. His practice focuses on advising clients seeking national security approvals of foreign investment by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Mr. Ribner also counsels clients on US economic sanctions, export controls, customs laws, and antiboycott regulations as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). His clients span a variety of industries, with a focus on companies operating in the technology and energy sectors.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Washington, DC Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (2016-2019)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • King's College London, University of London M.A.
  • Columbia University, B.A.

Professional Activities



  • Panelist, “Everything Old is New Again: CFIUS and FIRRMA – How Will the Potential Changes Affect FDI in Your Company?” 97th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo (June 2018)
  • Represents foreign investors and US companies in connection with obtaining clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. 
  • Counsels US and foreign clients on compliance with US sanctions, export controls, customs rules, and antiboycott laws. 
  • Conducts internal investigations relating to potential violations of economic sanctions laws, antiboycott laws, the FCPA, the EAR, and Census rules.
  • Represents US and foreign companies in connection with enforcement matters arising from potential violations of FCPA, economic sanctions, and export controls, including assisting clients in responding to subpoenas and other information requests from the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commerce Department's Office of Export Enforcement, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Advises companies on the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs in the areas of FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions, and the antiboycott laws.