Former OFAC Enforcement Section Chief Rachel Fiorill Joins Morrison Foerster

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Arrival gives firm a record three former senior OFAC officials and further strengthens its leading national security, economic sanctions, and export control capabilities.

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Morrison Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Rachel Fiorill has joined its National Security and Global Risk + Crisis Management Groups as of counsel in Washington, D.C. Fiorill brings to the firm a varied experience working on economic sanctions, including compliance, investigations, enforcement, and due diligence, from the perspective of previous U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and private sector experience.

Fiorill joins Morrison Foerster from another leading global law firm, where she advised U.S. and global companies on economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), anti-corruption, and export control matters. She has assisted global financial institutions and investment, technology, and other financial services companies in a variety of sanctions and BSA/AML-related investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, OFAC, federal regulators, and Congress, as well as the New York Department of Financial Services.

“Rachel’s extensive experience with sanctions, BSA/AML, and export control matters will allow her to guide our clients through their most complex issues on a global scale,” said John Smith, co-head of the firm’s highly rated National Security practice. “Her blend of OFAC enforcement and private practice experience will be a tremendous asset for our clients.”

Prior to her most recent private practice role, Fiorill served as an enforcement section chief of OFAC where she developed extensive knowledge of economic sanctions laws and regulations. At OFAC, she led the investigations and resolutions of hundreds of enforcement actions, including several groundbreaking civil monetary penalties. Fiorill served as coordinator for the Enforcement Division’s Ukraine/Russia and Syria-related investigations and developed particular expertise in OFAC’s Iran sanctions while representing the Enforcement Division in agency-wide Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action implementation matters. She is the third former OFAC official to join the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in recent years, following in the footsteps of John Smith, former OFAC director; Andrea Delisi, former assistant chief counsel of OFAC; and Brandon Van Grack, who oversaw criminal investigation of sanctions and export control matters during his tenure at the Department of Justice.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the firm’s leading National Security team,” said Fiorill. “I look forward to joining forces with my Morrison Foerster colleagues and drawing on my experiences at OFAC and in private practice to help our clients navigate the rapidly evolving and complex environment of sanctions and export controls we are experiencing right now.”

Prior to joining OFAC, Rachel spent many years in private practice handling a wide array of regulatory matters related to economic sanctions and export controls, as well as white-collar and other defense matters. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, her M.P.P. from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and her B.A. from Brandeis University.


Morrison Foerster is a leading global law firm that transforms complexity into advantage for its clients. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, banks, consulting and accounting firms, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. Highlighting the firm’s commitment to client service, leadership in market-changing deals and impact litigation, and values-based culture, Morrison Foerster was recognized as one of the top 10 firms on The American Lawyer’s 2021 A-List. Year after year, the firm receives significant recognition from Chambers and The Legal 500 across their various guides, including Global, USA, Asia-Pacific, Europe, UK, Latin America, and FinTech Legal. Our lawyers passionately care about delivering legal excellence while living our values. Morrison Foerster has a long-standing commitment to creating a culture that respects and celebrates differences, while providing an inclusive environment. The firm has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus since 2018 as a result of successfully reaching at least 30 percent women, communities of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles and committees. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community and society through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education and fostering the wellbeing of children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, enforcing the right to asylum, and safeguarding the environment.

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