Government Experience

  • Deputy and Acting General Counsel, U.S. Treasury
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management, U.S. Treasury
  • Associate Counsel to the President, The White House Office, Executive Office of the President
  • Special Assistant to the President for Management, The White House Office, Executive Office of the President
  • General Counsel, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1973
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1976
    Editor, Law & Policy in International Business

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Robert L. Kunzig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee, 2018 ā€“ present

    Member, Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs

    Member, U.S. Rowing
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D. E. (Ed) Wilson, Jr.


Ed Wilsonā€™s practice focuses on assisting private and governmental parties negotiate the laws and policies regulating payments, money, business, investment and political activity.  His primary emphasis is on solving Washington-related business and regulatory matters.

Issues include cross-border business and financial transactions; government contracts; payments; anti-money laundering (AML/CFT) rules for traditional and non-traditional financial institutions; anti-corruption standards applicable in home, host and residence countries; nomination and confirmation issues in the U.S.; political activities ā€“ by U.S. and non-U.S. persons ā€“ in the U.S.; and policy and regulatory matters related to the U.S. Treasury, State and Commerce (BIS/EAR) Departments, multilateral development banks, and international organizations.

Significant Matters

Ed represents public officials, private individuals, and private and public entities (including embassies and sovereigns) in situations requiring the resolution of an immediate legal issue, and a longer-term, strategic solution.

These representations involve anti-corruption issues (FCPA and its international counterparts), the Bank Secrecy Act (FinCEN), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (DDTC/ITAR), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); economic sanctions matters (OFAC); the Ethics in Government Act; and product safety issues.

In addition to these regulatory matters, Ed is active in domestic and  international payments (card processing, prepaid cards, card issuing, financial institutions, remittances, EFT, ACH, SWIFT), and business transactions as well as homeland security, fiscal issues and government contracts.


Ed is Co-chair of the American Bar Association's Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee, and a founding member of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Working Group. He is a past Chairman of the Goodwin House, Inc., Board of Trustees, a leading continuous-care retirement community, as well as a past Chairman of the Goodwin House Foundation Board of Directors. Ed has served on the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia, and is the Business Manager for St. Peter's Productions. He is active in a number of other charitable matters.