• J.D.
    Saint Louis University School of Law
  • B.A.
    George Washington University
    magna cum laude

Christopher Stagg focuses his practice on export controls, economic sanctions, and matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). 

Mr. Stagg brings special insight into export controls and national security issues by drawing on his substantial experience within government at the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), where he was deeply involved as DDTC's deputy lead in re-writing the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including the revisions to the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List. He was an active participant in related interagency policy subcommittees chaired by the National Security Council. 

Mr. Stagg's government experience further included authoring the U.S. government's policy on designating and determining items on the U.S. Munitions List, drastically reforming the ITAR's commodity jurisdiction process – the most significant such effort in history, holding a leadership role within the commodity jurisdiction and advisory opinion teams, advising on national security investigations with the intelligence community and federal law enforcement, and working with U.S. allies on bilateral and multilateral defense trade issues. He also had the lead role on addressing jurisdictional issues involving emerging technologies, software, and technical data.

Companies now turn to Mr. Stagg to provide practical and strategic legal counsel on proposed and ongoing transactions, resolve complex issues through regulatory interpretations and clear guidance, advocate for regulatory revisions, seek the reversal of adverse agency actions, render jurisdiction and classification determinations, develop effective policies and procedures, conduct internal investigations and risk assessments, and advise on consent agreements and other enforcement actions.

Mr. Stagg holds numerous leadership roles within the American Bar Association (ABA) – he is the Vice Chair of the National Security Committee, the Vice Chair of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, and has been the Co-Editor of the Year-in-Review for Export Controls and Economic Sanctions since 2013.

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Stagg had senior counsel experience with a major international law firm in Washington, DC and senior in-house counsel experience with a Fortune Global 150 company, where he advised on export controls, economic sanctions, and CFIUS.

  • Senior Policy Advisor, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, U.S. Department of State, 2010-2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs
  • New York City Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York