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Louis Rothberg
Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5281
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Louis Rothberg is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's International Trade & Economic Sanctions Practice. Mr. Rothberg represents a diverse range of U.S. and non-U.S. entities on national security matters, e.g., munitions and dual use export controls, economic sanctions and embargoes, Department of Defense contract issues, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He has experience in ITAR and EAR export controls as well as compliance by U.S. and non-U.S. companies with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations regarding U.S. embargoed countries and entities. In addition, he advises on export control and technology transfer issues arising under U.S. Department of Defense contracts.

Among the matters Mr. Rothberg has handled, he has:

  • Represented a large foreign satellite communications provider seeking Department of State ITAR approval for the acquisition of ownership of a communications satellite
  • Represented an aerospace and defense company in reversing an initial State Department denial of a manufacturing licensing agreement for overseas production of ITAR-controlled defense articles
  • Represented a small defense company in filing a voluntary self disclosure with the State Department concerning ITAR violations
  • Represented a large foreign company in the structuring of its startup U.S. business operations to comply with U.S .munitions (ITAR) and dual use (EAR) export controls
  • Assisted non-U.S. clients assess CFIUS issues arising when considering purchase of a U.S. company with active U.S. Government contracts
  • Assisted a client with preparation and submission of encryption classification request arising under the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Assisted a client with complying with foreign technology transfer control requirements unique to client’s Department of Defense contract
  • Prepared voluntary disclosures for various large and small U.S. and non-U.S. clients regarding their OFAC economic sanctions violations
  • Successfully obtained OFAC specific licenses for certain otherwise prohibited activities
  • Advised clients regarding the rapidly evolving dynamics of OFAC's sanction regimes targeted in particular at Myanmar, Iran, Sudan, Cuba, and Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions
  • Assisted clients in determining applicability of OFAC's various general licenses (exemptions)
  • Taught OFAC Continuing Legal Education course for the D.C. Bar

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Rothberg spent more than 20 years handling export control and other national security-related matters for various U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Army.

Mr. Rothberg has also served as a member of the steering committee of D.C. Bar International Law Section.

Mr. Rothberg received his LL.M. in international and comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988 and his J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the William and Mary Law Review. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1972.

Mr. Rothberg is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1988, LL.M.
  • College of William & Mary School of Law, 1975, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1972, B.A.