Daniel M. Fisher-Owens specializes in U.S. export controls and economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury, Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dan has expertise in the controls governing exports of computer equipment and software (including encryption controls), telecommunications products, infrared devices, and semiconductor test equipment, as well as chemical and biological agents, medical equipment, oilfield tools, and aerospace items. He has handled licensing, commodity jurisdiction, and commodity classification requests with respect to these and many other types of articles.
He has handled numerous export enforcement matters, including representing exporters in voluntary disclosures, as well as criminal and civil investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury, Customs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service.
He has published articles on U.S. export control restrictions governing transfers of military and dual-use technology - so-called “deemed exports”- to foreign nationals and spoken before trade associations and industry groups on topics such as encryption, compliance program design, and shipping documentation requirements.
In addition to his core expertise in export controls and sanctions, he has experience counseling foreign governments in international negotiations, including advising the Kingdom of Morocco on various aspects of its free trade agreement negotiations with the United States. Dan has also counseled clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and U.S. anti-money laundering legislation, including the USA PATRIOT Act, and U.S. antiboycott laws. He is the co-author (with Karl Abendschein and another attorney) of a book section that provides an overview of the U.S. anti-money laundering enforcement and regulatory regimes.
Dan earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude in 1999. He also holds an M.A. in Islamic History from the University of Chicago, and was an exchange scholar at Harvard University studying Islamic law. Dan earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude in 1992. He is a member of the California, District of COlumbia, Virginia (inactive), and Maryland (inactive) bars.
Dan is fluent in Arabic and has lived and worked in Egypt and the West Bank. He is also fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Persian and French.
Dan is based in San Francisco, California. He can be contacted by telephone at 202-465-4287, which connects directly to his California office, or through the BCR main line in DC at 202-293-5555 x 510.
LUCINDA A. LOW, KARL ABENDSCHEIN, & DANIEL FISHER-OWENS, Overview of the U.S. Anti-Money Laundering System, Edward Elger Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK (August 2004) (section of book on comparative anti-money laundering regimes, edited by Basel Institute on Governance, Basel, Switzerland).
DANIEL M. FISHER-OWENS, BIS Puts Focus on Deemed Exports as Technology Sharing Expands, The Export Practitioner, Vol. 18, No. 4 (April 2004).
AMANDA DEBUSK & DANIEL M. FISHER-OWENS, Safeguarding America’s Nonmilitary Technology, Immigration Law Today, Vol 22, No.5 (Sep.-Oct. 2003).
WILLIAM M. MCGLONE & DANIEL M. FISHER-OWENS, United States Control of Domestic Technology Transfers - The “Deemed Export” Rule, California International Practitioner, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2002-2003).