Morgan Lewis fields a team of lawyers and professional staff well versed in classified-matter issues. Our team advises on all phases of the classified information lifecycle, from establishing hiring protocols and acquiring security clearances and foreign ownership certifications to mature programs involving investigations, government contracts disputes, and complex litigation. We assist clients on regulatory, environmental, transactional, and adjudicatory matters, and we work with government contractors on an array of complex legal, regulatory, contractual, and operational issues.
Our energy lawyers advise companies and individuals seeking to comply with US laws and regulations for handling and protecting national security information and restricted data, Safeguards information, Official Use Only information, nuclear export-controlled technology, critical infrastructure information, and sensitive, unclassified non-Safeguards information. Our team helps companies navigate National Industry Security Program Operating Manual and Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence matters, and keeps current on Atomic Energy Act requirements for restricted data and the protection of sensitive nuclear technologies.
Our litigation lawyers, which includes former federal prosecutors and senior government officials, handle civil and criminal litigation involving classified information such as proceedings under the state secrets doctrine, the Classified Information Procedures Act, and laws implicating export control or national security issues. This enables our team to adeptly address government investigations, enforcement proceedings, and disputes and transactions with national security implications.
Our global patent team, which has both patent procurement and litigation capabilities, supports clients in acquiring patent protections with the US Patent and Trademark Office and non-US patent offices. Our lawyers also advise clients seeking to protect their intellectual property in US district courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Our team includes lawyers who can file patents under Secrecy Orders and some are former federal court law clerks and staff members of the International Trade Commission.