- LL.B.Yale Law School1967
- B.A.Emory University1964
Homer Moyer, the architect of the firm's preeminent international practice, has been recognized as a premier lawyer in multiple international legal fields. He has served in government as a political appointee of both political parties and has developed and guided pro bono projects that have been hailed for their global impact.
Regarded as one of the country's leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) lawyers, Mr. Moyer is an authority on U.S. and international anti-corruption law. He has represented and advised dozens of clients, written and spoken on the subject extensively, chaired more than 30 national and international conferences, produced a training video, and served as an SEC-appointed Independent Compliance Consultant. In the 2010 editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, market commentators noted: "In Homer Moyer, the (Miller & Chevalier) team has one of the deans of the international trade bar. An expert in FCPA, Moyer is renowned among corporate clients for his calm and thoughtful approach to difficult regulatory issues, and has a huge number of contacts in the relevant agencies. His ability to organize and execute a strategy is beyond compare."
In the area of economic sanctions and export controls, Mr. Moyer’s experience dates from when he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce during a time of historic foreign policy and national security controls, sanctions, and boycotts. He has counseled numerous clients on export issues of first impression, co-authored the book Export Controls as Instruments of Foreign Policy, and been called to testify as an expert witness. While in government, he also co-authored the Anti-Boycott regulations of the Export Administration Act.
In matters of international trade, Mr. Moyer has advised clients on World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and Appellate Body disputes, represented governments in free trade agreement negotiations, and successfully litigated before bi-national panels and "Extraordinary Challenge" tribunals under the NAFTA and CFTA. Mr. Moyer has been counsel in landmark antidumping and countervailing duty cases, in trade and investment disputes before international arbitral bodies, and in federal court proceedings involving issues of international law. In other cases, he has represented clients before all levels of federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Miller & Chevalier. Mr. Moyer, who chairs Miller & Chevalier's Policy Committee, recently concluded more than 15 years of service on the firm's Executive Committee, having also served as Vice-Chair of the firm, founding chair of the firm's International Department, and long-time head of the firm's Art Committee.
Pro Bono Service. Mr. Moyer was the co-founder and chair (1990-2002) of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which has provided technical legal assistance to emerging democracies of the former Soviet bloc, a project described by former Attorney General Janet Reno as "the worthiest pro bono project that American lawyers have ever undertaken." He founded the CEELI Institute, a post-graduate lawyer and judicial training institution in Prague, is president of Friends of the CEELI Institute, and has served on the board of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative since its inception.
Professional. Mr. Moyer is a past Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, was the first chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association, and will serve as co-chair of the IBA's Rule of Law Forum. He is a past president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, a former member of the board of trustees of the Council for Excellence in Government, a member of the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law, and a former chair of its Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law.
Before serving in government, Mr. Moyer practiced with Covington & Burling; wrote Justice and the Military, a treatise on military law; and served in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, with collateral duty at the White House.
Government Service. Mr. Moyer served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as General Counsel (1980-81), Counselor to the Secretary (1979), and Deputy General Counsel (1976-79). He was a political appointee of both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Recognition. In 2008, the American Bar Association's International Law Section honored Mr. Moyer with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor described him as his generation's "pioneer in rule of law reform and its greatest proponent." He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the 2010 Chambers USA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession, the ABA's World Order Under Law Award, the CEELI Volunteer Award, and special recognition by the ABA during the rededication of the ABA Memorial to Magna Carta at Runnymede. He is ranked in the highest band in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global rankings, in The Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, Ethisphere Institute and in various categories of Who's Who Legal.
Mr. Moyer has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Emory University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and Yale Law School (LL.B.), he is the father of four and author of the best-selling book, The R.A.T. (Real-World Aptitude Test): Preparing Yourself for Leaving Home (Capital Books, 2001).
- Represented several companies in FCPA investigations in which enforcement agencies ultimately declined to take any enforcement action.
- Represented the first company that entered into an FCPA Deferred Prosecution Agreement and the first company that succeeded in having the term of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement shortened.
- Served as an FCPA Independent Compliance Monitor and advised several companies with respect to selecting and working with a Monitor; in one instance, represented a company in achieving a change in its Monitor.
- Conducted numerous independent investigations and M&A due diligence investigations, including for companies that were the subject of government investigations in the U.S. and elsewhere.
- Represented two countries with respect to bilateral trade agreement negotiations.
- Advised a Fortune 10 company that successfully defended a civil lawsuit brought by a third party who was deemed to present high FCPA risks.
- Successfully represented clients before binational panels and Extraordinary Challenge panels under the NAFTA/FTA.
- Advised clients with respect to World Trade Organization disputes; represented clients before various international arbitral tribunals.
- Served as an expert witness in civil litigation with respect to anti-corruption laws and, export controls and economic sanctions laws.
- Advised numerous clients with respect to designing, implementing, and updating compliance programs and in developing innovative compliance techniques.
Export Controls Engagements
- Represented an individual in one of the largest export controls cases up to that time.
- Filed an amicus brief in federal court on behalf of the American Bar Association successfully challenging the Export Administration Act’s bar on judicial review.
- Obtained some of the first licenses for exports of computers to the Soviet Union under national security controls.
- Testified as an expert with respect to the application of U.S. OFAC regulations on Cuban embargo.
- Represented U.S. company that was removed from the Arab League Boycott blacklist.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Engagements
- Conducted an independent internal investigation for a large multinational corporation with respect to its dealings with international customs brokers.
- Represented a large corporation in litigation brought by a third party who was terminated for FCPA reasons.
- Investigated more than 100 potential FCPA issues for a company that was negotiating an FCPA settlement.
- Served as SEC-approved Independent Compliance Consultant in one of the first cases to involve an independent monitor.
- Designed elements of a global FCPA compliance program that included novel elements, including a variety of types of FCPA compliance audits.
- Represented a company in connection with an independent investigation, voluntary disclosure, and selection of an independent compliance monitor.
- Conducted global due diligence in connection with an acquisition of a U.S.-based corporation doing business internationally.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a company with respect to a range of FCPA issues in China.
- Conducted various compliance audits for a company that was operating under a DPA with an Independent Compliance Monitor.
- Advised a corporation that was the subject of an ongoing grand jury investigation.
- Retained by the World Bank to assist on debarment cases based on fraud, corruption, or collusion.
- Represented a company that was subject to investigation by the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations and the SEC.
- Conducted training for 250 employees of a company with high-profile operations in China.
- Advised major corporations on a range of issues arising in its business activities in Western Africa.
- Litigated a number of matters before bi-national panels and Extraordinary Challenge Committees under the NAFTA and the U.S.-Canada FTA.
- General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1980-81
- Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1979
- Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1976-79
- ABA Louis B. Sohn Award for Public International Law, 2017
- Washington Foreign Law Society Harry LeRoy Jones Award, 2016
- Global Investigations Review Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
- ABA Section of International Law 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award
- Chambers USA Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award, 2010
- ABA's World Order Under Law Award
- ABA Founders' Award
- CEELI Volunteer Award
- The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2021
- The Best Lawyers in America®: International Trade and Finance Law, 2021
- Washington, DC Super Lawyers®: International; Appellate, 2008 - 2020
- Co-Chair, Rule of Law Forum, International Bar Association
- Member, Board of Trustees, Center for American and International Law
- Co-founder and Chair, American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), 1990-2002
- Past Chair, Section of International Law, American Bar Association
- Past Chair, Anti-Corruption Committee, International Bar Association
- Past President, Washington Council of Lawyers
- Former member, Board of Trustees, Council for Excellence in Government
- Past Chair, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law
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