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Louis Rothberg
Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
Phone: 202.739.5281
Fax: 202.739.3001

Louis Rothberg is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's International Trade & Economic Sanctions Practice. In practice for more than 30 years, Mr. Rothberg represents a diverse range of U.S. and foreign entities on national security matters, e.g., Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He has experience in ITAR and EAR export controls as well as compliance with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations regarding U.S. embargoed countries and entities. In addition, he advises on international agency and distribution agreements, foreign military sales, and 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. export controls
  • Drafted an international agency agreement for a large manufacturer of automobile parts that was substantially more advantageous than that of the agreement offered by the foreign agent
  • Advised clients regarding the rapidly evolving dynamics of OFAC's sanction regimes targeted in particular at Myanmar, Iran, and Sudan
  • Assisted clients in complying with OFAC's general licenses (exemptions) and in obtaining specific transactional licenses from OFAC

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Rothberg spent more than 20 years handling export control matters for various U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Army. He is currently in his second three-year term as an elected member of the Steering Committee of the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

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.