David Aufhauser is Senior Counsel in the law firm Williams & Connolly and has been consistently named as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lawyers and as one of the nation's top 100 white collar and criminal defense attorneys. His areas of practice include USA PATRIOT Act and FCPA compliance counsel, and criminal and civil litigation defense in sanctions, anti-money laundering, and financial services.
Mr. Aufhauser joined Williams & Connolly in 1977, and practiced with the firm until 2001, when he became Senate-confirmed general counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also served as the Secretary's representative on the Department of Justice Corporate Fraud Task Force, the chairman of the National Security Council's policy coordinating committee on terrorist financing, counsel to the Secretary on the President's working group on financial markets, and as a board member of the Federal Financing Bank. He was one of the principal authors of the anti-money laundering provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and the development of the use of sanctions as a principal tool of economic statecraft. He worked on a wide range of other issues, including Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction, sovereign debt restructuring, tax reform, money laundering, China trade and currency matters, and reform of international financial institutions. For his public service, Mr. Aufhauser was awarded the Treasury Department's highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award, and has been cited with awards for leadership and distinction in diplomacy, intelligence and law enforcement by the U.S. Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Secret Service.
In 2004, Mr. Aufhauser became managing director and global general counsel at the investment bank, UBS, a position he held for four years before returning to the firm. Mr. Aufhauser has served as a senior adviser at the Center of Strategic & International Studies (CSIS); is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a board member of the Atlantic Council; and has served on a Global Markets Advisory Board of the U.S. government’s National Intelligence Council.
Mr. Aufhauser has testified frequently before Congress and has been a guest lecturer at the law schools of Harvard, Chicago, and Georgetown, and at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, American University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Brookings Institute and the University of Virginia Miller Center for Public Affairs.
Mr. Aufhauser received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, with a concentration in finance, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1977.