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William F. Coffield

Bill Coffield has been successfully representing corporations, corporate directors and officers of major foreign and multinational corporations, and public sector officials, including The White House and The United States Congress, for over twenty years.

Mr. Coffield is AV Peer Rated by Martindale Hubbell, is ranked a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, and has been named a Top One Hundred Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association.  His areas of practice and expertise include white collar and complex civil litigation. He has advised corporations, ranging from billion-dollar international public companies to private businesses, elected and other government officials, and individual corporate officers on how to strategically navigate high-profile investigations by federal agencies, the legislative branch, and foreign governments.

Mr. Coffield is admitted to practice before numerous United States District Courts, United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. He has successfully represented numerous corporate and individual clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the United States Congress, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the country.

Prior to entering private practice Mr. Coffield was the Executive Assistant to United States Congressman Bill Emerson of Missouri, where he oversaw all legislative issues and dealings with the Executive agencies. He attended the George Mason School of Law at night while managing Congressman Emerson's Washington office. Born in New York, Bill Coffield attended Fordham University and The University of Miami, where he graduated as Distinguished Military Graduate. After graduation Bill Coffield served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. He is a graduate of numerous Military programs, to include the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Ranger School.

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Bill was interviewed on NPR's "Morning Edition" about the Paul Manafort trial.  Listen to his interview here.



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Wayne H. Rusch

Wayne H. Rusch practices corporate, commercial, and international law. He represents clients in dispute resolution and counsels individuals, companies, and governments on a wide range of matters. Mr. Rusch also specializes in export control and economic sanctions law, including compliance, Licensing, voluntary disclosures, and enforcement matters. During the past several years, he has been involved in high-tech and intellectual property matters and has advised clients on institutional integrity investigations conducted by the World Bank.

Recent work by Mr. Rusch has included providing legal services and advice to foreign companies making acquisitions and establishing businesses in the U.S. and helping U.S. companies expand their business outside the U.S. In addition to general corporate work involving corporate structuring and transactions, Mr. Rusch has been involved in successfully representing clients in enforcement actions with various US agencies. He provides services for start-up investments and corporate restructuring, as well as solicitation of and negotiation with strategic partners. In addition to the United States, Mr. Rusch’s clients are located in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Rusch practiced in Chicago and Wisconsin, where he served as District Attorney for Iowa County for three years. He was appointed counsel to the Asian Development Bank in Manila, The Philippines, where he provided advice on the Bank’s portfolio of investments throughout Asia. He has practiced in Washington, DC since 1980 and was a managing partner of the firm until 2014.

Wayne H. Rusch PDF Biography


Thomas Corcoran, Jr.

Thomas G. Corcoran, Jr. specializes in international civil litigation and appeals in U.S. federal courts. In particular, Mr. Corcoran has very extensive experience in the defense of foreign states when sued in U.S. courts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”). Prior to practicing law, Mr. Corcoran served as an officer in the United States Navy, including duty with a U.S. Marine Corps Company in Vietnam. Prior to entering private practice, he served in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Representative Cases
  • Weiming Chen v. Ying-Jeou Ma, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118668. Obtained dismissal of case against the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), on the grounds of presidential immunity although the Republic of China is not diplomatically recognized by the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the lower court's orders on procedural grounds. (2d Circuit Case 13-3751, Document 105)
  • Abelesz v. OTP Bank, 692 F.3d 638 (7th Cir. 2012). Alien Tort Suit against Hungarian Central Bank and three private banks including OTP Bank for 75 billion dollars in damages arising out of alleged wrongful retention of Jewish assets looted during Hungarian Holocaust. Won for OTP Bank for lack of personal jurisdiction on petition for mandamus
  • Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 637 F. 3rd 783 (7th Cir. 2011). FSIA attachment proceeding against Iran for Persepolis artifacts under study at the University of Chicago. An important case on the issue of the scope of interlocutory appeals and what foreign state assets can be attached after judgment against foreign state. Won by Iran
  • Sampson v. Federal Republic of Germany, 250 F.3d 1145 (7th Cir. 2001). Affirming district court’s grant of Germany’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction against argument raised by 7th Circuit that jus cogens violation by Germany constitutes waiver of sovereign immunity under the FSIA. This is the leading case for the proposition that a violation of jus cogens does not waive sovereign immunity under the FSIA
  • Federal Republic of Germany et al. v. United States et al., 526 U.S. 111 (1999). Original action in Supreme Court to stay execution of Walter LaGrand, a German national, by the State of Arizona after a request for stay by the International Court of Justice. Mr. Corcoran was among counsel who prepared the brief on the day LaGrand was scheduled to be executed. The brief was filed about 3 pm, the United States responded about 5 pm, the Supreme Court denied relief about 7 pm, and LaGrand was executed about 9 pm.
  • Princz v. Federal Republic of Germany, 26 F.3d 1166 (D.C.Cir. 1994). Suit by survivor of World War II persecution who did not apply timely, that is, by 1969, for compensation under Germany’s compensation system. Held, assuming that the FSIA was retroactive to acts occurring in 1942-1945, no exception to the general grant of sovereign immunity in the FSIA applied in the case. If the FSIA were not retroactive, then there was no federal subject matter jurisdiction over Princz’s claims, which sounded in tort and quasi contract.
  • Millen Industries, Inc. v. Coordination Council for North American Affairs, 855 F.2d 879 (D.C. Cir. 1988). The Coordination Council was then the name of Taiwan’s unofficial embassy in the United States. This is the leading case for the proposition that Taiwan is entitled to treatment as if a foreign state under U.S. law and under the FSIA, despite derecognition of its government as the government of China.
  • Lary v. The Republic of China, 800 F.2d 265 (11th Cir. 1986). A suit against the ROC for failure to pay on bonds issued by China in 1911 was dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because the FSIA, passed in 1976, was not retroactive to 1911. The principle upon which the ROC (Taiwan) won this case, that the FSIA was not retroactive, was rejected 18 years later by the Supreme Court in Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677 (2004).
  • A name search on LEXIS-NEXIS will show that  “Thomas G. Corcoran, Jr” has been counsel on more than a hundred decided cases, including numerous FSIA cases not mentioned above.

Ray Gold

Ray Gold focuses on U.S. export control and sanctions laws and regulations, including the Commerce Department's Export Administration Regulations ("EAR"), the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"), and regulations administered by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Energy.

Mr. Gold has advised clients in a variety of industries, such as the computer, software, telecommunications, semiconductor, automotive parts, financial, aerospace, agricultural irrigation, defense, and nuclear industries. Mr. Gold advises both U.S. and non-U.S. based companies on the application of U.S. export control and sanction laws and regulations to their exports and to the conduct of their non-U.S. business.

Mr. Gold has advised on a wide range of export control matters, such as classification requests, license applications, encryption controls, commodity jurisdiction requests, audits, enforcement matters, encryption registration issues, ITAR registration issues, export compliance programs, de minimis rules, license exceptions / exemptions / general licenses, and regulatory developments. Mr. Gold also has substantial expertise with U.S. antiboycott laws.

Mr. Gold re-joined BCR in 2005 after spending a year as Counsel, Export Controls and Government Contracts (the top U.S. export control official) for Thales North America, Inc., which was then the North American headquarters of the Thales Group, an international leader in defense, aerospace, and information technology.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Gold is on the Board of Directors of the National Council on International Trade Development, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing expertise on international trade topics, especially U.S. export control laws and regulations.

Ray Gold PDF Bio


  • Clarence Ditlow & Ray Gold, Little Secrets of the Auto Industry, Moyer Bell (1994).
  • Ben Flowe & Ray Gold, Legal Aspects of U.S. Sanctions, Global Dialogue, Center for World Dialogue, Summer, 2000.
  • Ben Flowe & Ray Gold, Legal Aspects of U.S. Sanctions, Economic Sanctions, American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice and the Center for Continuing Legal Education, 2001.
Speaking Engagements
  • EAR Deemed Export Rule, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, March 23, 2000.
  • Compliance with US Export and Reexport Controls, International Safety Equipment Association, November 12, 2007.
  • Commerce Department Export Controls and Treasury Department Embargoes/Sanctions: Impact on Canadian Entities, Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, October 24, 2008.
  • Need for Effective Export Compliance Programs and Elements of Such Programs, guest speaker for a course ("U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation") at George Washington University Law School, November 12, 2012.


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