A Partner with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., David Aufhauser holds experience in law extending over more than three decades. David Aufhauser’s professional focus as counseling and litigation partner encompasses legislative and executive branch investigations and matters related to financial services. He also assists in issues of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Patriot Act compliance. With several trial victories to his credit, he was named one of Washington's best national security lawyers by Washingtonian magazine in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Aufhauser earned his B.A. at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, subsequently pursuing an M.B.A. in Finance at Harvard Business School. He completed his law degree in 1977 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, gaining distinction as an Arthur Littleton Fellow and as a legal writing instructor. Since joining Williams & Connolly, he has notably served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as Chairman of Environmental Crimes ABA Subcommittee.
From 2001 to 2003, David Aufhauser held responsibilities as Chief Legal Officer of the United States Treasury Department and as Chairman of the National Security Council Committee on Terrorist Financing. Serving as General Counsel, he oversaw the Treasury Department's legal functions in the areas of domestic finance and banking, international affairs, and enforcement. Mr. Aufhauser also coordinated the Department’s interactions with the Internal Revenue Service, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and other government entities.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Aufhauser acted as Global General Counsel with an investment bank, supervising a team of 1,000 attorneys across the globe and serving on the firm’s Management Committee. David Aufhauser maintains professional affiliation with The Metropolitan Club in Washington D.C. and is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.