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Top DOJ National Security Lawyer Richard Sofield Joins Wiley Rein’s National Security Practice

October 1, 2018

Washington, DC — Wiley Rein LLP announced today that Richard C. Sofield, former Director of the Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) for the National Security Division (NSD) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has joined the firm’s prominent National Security Practice as a partner. Mr. Sofield will advise clients on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Team Telecom, and a wide range of DOJ enforcement matters across Wiley Rein’s practices, including International Trade; Telecom, Media & Technology; Corporate; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Intellectual Property; and Government Contracts.

“Rick’s deep government experience leading reviews of numerous transactions involving national security risks makes him a superb addition to the firm,” said Managing Partner Peter D. Shields. “We know that our clients will benefit greatly from his in-depth knowledge of CFIUS and Team Telecom processes and nuances.”

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sofield oversaw the DOJ’s participation in CFIUS, including the review of over 1,000 acquisitions and efforts to prohibit multiple transactions on national security grounds. He also served as Chair of Team Telecom, which evaluates certain applications before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine whether they raise law enforcement or national security concerns.

In his DOJ role as FIRS Director, Mr. Sofield was responsible for providing counsel and guidance to the NSD’s senior leadership on reviews of foreign acquisitions of domestic entities that might affect national security; tracking and monitoring of approved transactions, as well as identifying unreported transactions that might merit review; responding to FCC requests for the Department’s views relating to the national security implications of certain transactions involving FCC licenses; and identifying policy and legal gaps that should be addressed to protect and enhance national security.

Mr. Sofield also served as an attorney in the DOJ’s Office of Intelligence, and as a trial attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.