Michael Skopets is a Senior Associate in the International Department with a practice focus on global anti-corruption compliance, primarily involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and on issues involving U.S. export control laws and economic sanctions.
Mr. Skopets's FCPA practice includes counseling corporate clients regarding their compliance programs and their obligations under the FCPA, conducting internal investigations, and performing due diligence and risk assessments. Mr. Skopets's Russian and Spanish fluency and his international work experience provide an advantage in matters that require regional or cultural expertise, particularly those related to Russia and CIS/FSU countries, as well as Spain and Latin America.
In addition, Mr. Skopets counsels clients on export control and sanctions issues under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and various regulations issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Mr. Skopets draws on his engineering background and patent litigation experience to understand the intricacies of items potentially subject to government regulation and when working with clients' technical experts.
Mr. Skopets has advised U.S. and foreign corporations and sovereign states. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Skopets gained significant experience in complex civil litigation matters, most involving cross-border and intellectual property disputes, at two Am Law 100 firms. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, assisting Judge Surrick in civil and criminal cases.
During law school, Mr. Skopets was an editor of the American University Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, winning several awards at the Niagara International Moot Court Competition. Prior to entering the legal field, Mr. Skopets was a consultant at Deloitte, managing multi-organizational teams and developing process management solutions on large software development projects.