Is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade and White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement groups. He provides strategic advice to clients on U.S. economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, export controls, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. Carlton is the former chief counsel at FinCEN (the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network), the U.S. AML regulator responsible for administering the Bank Secrecy Act.
Before joining FinCEN, Carlton previously served as the assistant director for transnational threats with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he directed targeting and investigations for more than 15 U.S. economic sanction programs, including those related to Iran and North Korea. Carlton also served as legal counsel to OFAC on counterterrorism sanctions. Previously, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to advise the UN Security Council on international sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban and to lead member state visits to assess compliance. Carlton also previously served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where his practice included representing OFAC on sanctions issues.
Based on his years of experience with OFAC and FinCEN, Carlton offers valuable insights on the approaches of these agencies that will assist corporate clients to more effectively respond to government investigations, as well as update their corporate compliance programs in general.