Elizabeth Ryan is a partner in the global Public Policy Practice, where she advises clients confronting complex regulatory and policy issues in the world’s capital cities. In a climate of heightened enforcement of US laws abroad, Elizabeth counsels multinational corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on the constantly changing cross-border regulatory environment. Elizabeth has advised on matters in more than 20 countries and manages teams of professionals across the globe in proceedings initiated by US executive agencies, the US Congress, the United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the European Commission.

    Elizabeth regularly advises clients on integrated US-European policy and legislative strategies, international education initiatives, international sanctions and trade policies, corporate compliance programs, asset recovery and investigations by US regulators. A former adviser in the US Congress, Elizabeth leverages her political acumen and strong grasp of the legislative and regulatory processes to help clients interpret and navigate complex legal challenges.

    Repeatedly recognized for her work, Elizabeth was selected as a 2019 “Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, recognized as one of Washington DC’s Rising Stars by the National Law Journal and named to a list of the region’s top “40 Under 40” lawyers by Legal BisNow. On the international level, Elizabeth was selected by the United Nations as an emerging leader fellow for the Middle East and North Africa and accepted to the University of Oxford/GW law program on corporate responsibility and human rights.

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    • Counsel to US$100 million international philanthropic fund established by sovereign government in partnership with US universities, hospitals, housing entities and nongovernmental organizations.
    • Advised a major foreign financial institution on development of compliance programs for US economic sanctions laws and regulations.
    • Advised leading foreign financial institutions in the Middle East on compliance and implementation of US regulatory frameworks, including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
    • Counseled a foreign company on US national security review of foreign investments, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review.
    • On behalf of a major government contractor, successfully overturned a federal agency decision to cut US$2 billion in federal funding from an international aerospace project.
    • Established corporate human rights policies and compliance programs for a multinational corporation to align with international standards including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
    • Provided strategic guidance to an African government with respect to the International Monetary Fund and pursuit of US foreign investment.
    • Advised a prominent international educational enterprise on negotiations in an international joint venture.


    • George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
    • University of Virginia, B.A.
    • The University of Oxford/GW, United Kingdom, International Human Rights Programme


    • District of Columbia, 2006
    • Maryland, 2005

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    • “Women Worth Watching”, Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2019
    • Washington DC Rising Stars, The National Law Journal, 2015
    • Washington DC 40 Under 40, Legal BisNow, 2015
    • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow, 2012

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