Education
  • M.A.
    American University School of International Service
    2008
  • J.D.
    American University Washington College of Law
    cum laude
    2007
  • B.S.
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    2000
Languages
Russian, Spanish

Michael Skopets is a Senior Associate in the International Department. His practice focuses on anti-corruption investigations and compliance, particularly under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and on issues relating to U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws.  Mr. Skopets's fluency in Russian and Spanish contributes to the global nature of his practice, and he regularly performs client counseling, conducts witness interviews, and works with documents in both languages.

Mr. Skopets's anti-corruption practice includes addressing specific issues and general risks under the FCPA, conducting internal investigations related to allegations of fraud or corruption, performing due diligence, and conducting risk assessments. Mr. Skopets has also designed and drafted compliance programs and policies and has conducted training for clients and third parties. He has represented U.S. and foreign companies under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has represented clients in administrative proceedings under the World Bank's internal sanctions system.

With respect to economic sanctions and export controls, Mr. Skopets counsels clients in connection with regulations issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and on issues arising under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). He advises clients regarding specific transactions or concerns, develops compliance policies and strategies, conducts internal investigations, and represents clients before the relevant enforcement authorities. 

Mr. Skopets's clients include public and privately held companies, including state-controlled entities. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, he 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 U.S. 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.

  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Chicago
  • Member, Advisory Council, Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Clerk, The Honorable R. Barclay Surrick, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Intern, The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
01.25.2018

The last quarter of 2017 resulted in several significant developments in government investigations that impact corporate executives.

White Collar Alert

12.20.2017

In this article, James Tillen and Michael Skopets discuss enforcement activity and trends under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the new FCPA corporate enforcement policy issued by the Dep