Baker & McKenzie has added a former Department of Justice official to its trade compliance practice in Washington, the firm announced Monday.
Jonathan Poling, formerly a trial attorney with the DOJ's counterespionage section of its National Security Division, joins as a partner.
At the Justice Department, Poling prosecuted cases related to export control, counter proliferation, fraud and money laundering, among others. He prosecuted the export control enforcement cases of U.S. v. Balli Aviation Ltd. and U.S. v. Ulrich Davis.
In an interview, Poling said that the strength of Baker's international trade and compliance practices and its international platform drew him to the firm. "It's a very strong combination to offer clients a set of tremendous legal services," he said.
Poling said his experience with DOJ better prepares him for the challenges facing clients these days. "The U.S. government is overhauling its prosecution, leading to a new normal of enhanced enforcement activity, particularly on sanctioned and embargoed countries," he said.