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Lisa A. Prager

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Washington, DC, USA

Lisa A. Prager is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's export controls and economic sanctions practice. She focuses on government investigations and enforcement actions, both regulatory and criminal in nature, arising from U.S. export controls, economic sanctions law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Her experience includes counseling a wide range of domestic and foreign companies with respect to State Department, Treasury Department, and Commerce Department export control laws and regulations.

Prior to going into private practice, Lisa had been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Her work at the Commerce Department included managing many of the agency's largest export control settlements and indictments to date, including criminal investigations related to Chinese exports and the freight-forwarding industry. In addition, Lisa helped the agency establish a more streamlined and transparent process for resolving civil cases, including publication of the penalty guidelines. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she dealt with federal cases involving terrorism, wire and mail fraud, economic espionage, and export control violations, among many other matters.

After her tenure at the Commerce Department, Lisa was a partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and, later, Miller & Chevalier. Her practice at both firms included high-level compliance and enforcement matters involving U.S. laws with international ramifications, as well as other white collar defense matters.

Lisa currently serves as a member of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Policy Committee.

  • J.D., Western New England College School of Law, 1982 Magna Cum Laude
  • B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1978


  • The Invigorated ITAR Enforcement Environment: The Agencies Speak on Enforcement Priorities and Interagency Cooperation," moderator, lead panel, American Conference Institute's 2nd National Forum on ITAR Compliance, July 17, 2007
  • KPMG Implications: What's the Future of Employee Indemnifications?," Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Sixth Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 2007
  • Export Controls," International Corporate Compliance 2007, Chicago, Illinois, February 22, 2007
  • What to Do When Agents/Grand Jury Comes Knocking at Your Door," American Conference Institute's Second National Forum of Export Enforcement & Investigations, Washington, D.C., December 6, 2006


  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New York 

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