Michael J. Lowell is a partner and co-chair of Reed Smith’s International Trade and National Security Group, where he has an international practice counseling clients on trade and regulatory enforcement matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, anti-bribery, and other laws governing cross-border transactions. Mike advises multinational companies from a wide range of industries, including financial services, defense and aerospace, manufacturing, life sciences, and energy and natural resources. Mike’s practice is focused on the legal regimes that govern international trade.

His work also includes practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) with respect to foreign investment matters; advising clients on the requirements of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”); representation before U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) in enforcement matters; and representing clients before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and the Treasury.

Mike routinely represents clients in enforcement matters before OFAC, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”), the Bureau of Industry & Security (“BIS”), CBP, and other federal government agencies. He has represented clients in hundreds of regulatory enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures and agency-led investigations (subpoenas, directed disclosures, seizures and detentions).

Prior to private practice, Mike clerked for the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he assisted FCPA prosecutions. He also clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As a litigator, Mike tried more than two dozen jury and bench trials.


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy
  • George Mason University, B.S., Finance, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for International Affairs
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
  • ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
  • ABA International Anti-corruption Committee

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