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Deborah A. Curtis

U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Chief (Export Control)
Washington, DC, USA


Deborah Curtis is currently the Deputy Chief of Export Control for the Counter Espionage Section within the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

While at the Counter Espionage Section, Ms. Curtis has served as Co-counsel in investigations and prosecutions of Espionage Act cases, including: United States v. Nozette (convicted of attempted espionage); United States v. Kim (pending trial for disclosure of classified information to a national news service); United States v. Manning (WikiLeaks investigation); United States v. Millay (convicted at court-martial for attempted espionage) and United States v. Hitselberger (pending trial for unlawful retention of classified national defense information at U.S. military base in Bahrain).

Ms. Curtis has been Co-counsel in large-scale investigations of multinational corporations for alleged export control and U.S. sanctions violations involving complex white collar criminal legal issues, including: scope of corporate attorney-client privilege, Bank of Nova Scotia subpoena reach, and the prosecution of cooperating corporate officials.  She has advised and supported AUSAs nationwide in investigations and prosecutions involving national security information, intelligence community equities, and export control law violations; provide expertise in Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) practice; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) litigation.  Ms. Curtis provided  briefings to Assistant Attorney General and liaison with Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury, and the intelligence community.

She is a presenter at international counter-proliferation symposia for foreign judges and prosecutors and has briefed the United Nations on similar issues.

Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Curtis was an Associate General Counsel (Civilian) for the  National Security & Military Affairs at the Pentagon for the United States Department of the Air Force where she advised senior leaders on operational and national security matters and oversaw litigation involving cyber and information operations.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledge and awarded her as an Assistance in a Joint Investigation in 2011 and in 2012 the National Reconnaissance Office awarded her the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service which is the highest civilian honor.  In 2012 the Assistant Attorney General for National Security honored her with an Award for Excellence.

Ms. Curtis is a Graduate of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California and a Graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Washington DC.  Ms. Curtis was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994.

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