Mike Walsh is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and CFIUS practices. A former chief of staff and acting General Counsel at the United States Department of Commerce, his practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and multinational companies and venture capital funds on all aspects of international cross-border investment, including national security, CFIUS, export controls, Department of Commerce Entity Listings, ITAR and DDTC requirements, OFAC sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance, and forced labor compliance. Mike also advises companies regarding compliance with the laws and rules governing classified facilities and employee clearances, in addition to providing strategic counseling in connection to company interactions with executive branch agencies and Congress. Mike also represents companies in connection with Congressional investigations covering a wide range of topics including sensitive national security and supply chain issues.
Mike previously served as the chief of staff and the Chief Legal Officer at the United States Commerce Department, where he oversaw more than 600 attorneys and was responsible for all matters within the Department. He also served as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce where he played a leading role in numerous issues, including those pertaining to CFIUS, export administration and enforcement, emerging technologies, and supply chain risk management. Mike also managed critical litigation in federal district and appellate courts throughout the country and coordinated the determination of Department positions on Supreme Court cases.
Mike worked with CEOs, boards of directors, and other executives regarding critical business. He interacted with foreign heads of state, ministers, and other officials while representing the United States in bilateral trade talks. He worked with Cabinet members, their chiefs of staff and general counsel, and the White House on important administration policies and then executed those priorities within the Department. He also provided legal and strategic advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other senior leaders while coordinating with White House counsel and interagency lawyers on legal issues.