D. E. (Ed) Wilson, Jr.

Wilson Edward
Ed Wilson has a broad practice assisting private and government parties in complying with – and shaping – the laws and policies governing interactions with the federal government in the areas of financial services, domestic and non-U.S. investments in national security-related industries, political activities, and government contracting. He previously served as deputy and acting general counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, and held other, senior positions at the Executive Office of the President and the Treasury.

Ed is highly knowledgeable about cross-border business and financial transactions, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules for traditional and nontraditional financial institutions, and anti-corruption standards applicable in home, host, and residence countries.

Ed also advises on U.S. and international payment matters involving card processing and issuing, prepaid cards, financial institutions, remittances, electronic funds transfers (EFTS), and Automated Clearing House (ACH) and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) transactions. He represents clients in matters that involve:

  • Formation of and regulatory issues for FinTech companies
  • Anti-corruption issues (FCPA and its international counterparts)
  • Bank Secrecy Act (FinCEN)
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • Economic sanctions (OFAC)
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
  • International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (DDTC/ITAR)
  • Government contract matters (FARS/DFARS)
  • Ethics in Government Act

These matters frequently involve interaction with the Departments of Treasury, State, and Commerce; multilateral development banks; and international organizations.

In addition, Ed addresses political activities in the U.S. undertaken by or for non-U.S. nationals. He also counsels on issues related to homeland security, fiscal matters, and government contracts, and U.S. government nomination and confirmation issues.


Government Experience

  • Member, Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management, U.S. Treasury
  • Deputy and Acting General Counsel, U.S. Treasury
  • General Counsel, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President
  • Deputy Director, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President
  • Special Assistant to the President for Management, The White House Office, Executive Office of the President
  • Associate Counsel to the President, The White House Office, Executive Office of the President
  • Senior procurement officer, Executive Office of the President & U.S. Treasury




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

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

Clerk Experience

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association, Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee
  • Founding member, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Working Group
  • Member, Advisory Council, International Stability Operations Association


  • U.S. Treasury Department
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • General Counsel’s Award
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Chief Counsel’s Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated



  • Business manager, St. Peter's Productions, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia
  • Vestry member, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia
  • Past chairman, board of trustees, Goodwin House, Inc.
  • Past chairman, board of directors, Goodwin House Foundation

Personal Activities

  • Member, USRowing
  • Member, Metropolitan Club of Washington, DC