Overview

Mr. Nassar practices in the areas of commercial litigation, international disputes, and financial fraud and asset tracing.  He represents domestic and foreign clients on a wide variety of corporate and litigation matters, including high-stakes multinational business disputes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, US sanctions laws administered and enforced by Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, recognition and execution of foreign judgments domestically and abroad, and foreign asset attachment and transfers.

In recognition of his excellence in the field of International Law, Mr. Nassar was selected as a 2017 Washington DC “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.  During his tenure at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, Mr. Nassar has developed a wealth of expertise in managing legal matters concerning the Middle East, directly representing a host of foreign and domestic parties on a range of complex corporate and litigation matters involving the successful consideration and navigation of relevant international, U.S., and Middle Eastern laws.

His innovative and relentless approach has made him a trusted adviser to a wide variety of foreign parties and governments whom he has counseled over the years to navigate some of the most highly politicized legal matters of our day, including the 2016 passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and the European asset freezes of illicit Middle Eastern assets  subsequent to the Arab Spring.  He also dedicates a significant amount of his practice to pro bono work, lending his skills to alleviate the plight of political prisoners across the globe and contributing to their ultimate release from captivity.

While in law school, Mr. Nassar interned with the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York where he worked on a variety of matters relating to suspected terrorism financing as well as financial fraud prosecutions, also serving as a legal research fellow for the Institute of Development and Labour Law in Cape Town, South Africa.

Other Languages

  • Proficient in Arabic

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, October 22, 2015, International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa, NYU Law International Arbitration Association, New York, NY
  • Speaker, September 30, 2014, Lessons Learnt from Asset Recovery in High Profile Corruption Cases, C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference, Miami, FL
  • Speaker, April 10, 2013, Egyptian Asset Recovery Efforts, Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative at the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, Steering Committee
  • Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA), Board Member
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum

Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan (2007-2008)
  • Intern, United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (2006)
  • Research Associate, Institute of Development and Labour Law, Cape Town South Africa
  • Associate, Washington office of International Law Firm (2008-2011)

Representative Matters

  • Representation of Saudi Arabian conglomerate in global litigation concerning complex financial service fraud totaling in excess of $10 billion, managing multiple facets of civil proceedings and government investigations in the Middle East, European Union and the United States.
  • Representation of Australian hedge fund in multiple actions filed domestically against prominent Wall Street banks and collateral managers stemming from the fraudulent sales of collateralized debt obligations and other subprime mortgage products.
  • Representation of Middle Eastern charities in multi-district litigation relating to alleged violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act and other intentional tort claims.
  • Provide strategic expertise to ministers and top government officials of the Arab Republic of Egypt on repatriation of Mubarak-era assets. 
  • Represent New York based hedge fund, victim of a multi-million dollar fraudulent international money laundering scheme arising out of the Middle East, before various United States based entities in ancillary support of legal actions filed abroad.  

  • Successfully obtained the de-listing of foreign branch offices of Middle Eastern NGO from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control Specially Designated Nationals List after successful challenge of the designations.

  • Orchestrated the successful briefing and oral argument of a highly sensitive motion in the Southern District of New York involving the introduction of suspected forgered documents, introducing evidence gathered from across the globe after months of forensic investigations and witness interviews of foreign parties to obtain the pre-trial striking of the documents by the Court.

  • Conducted cross and direct examinations of lay and expert witnesses in the District of the District of Columbia suppression hearings seeking to exclude statements obtained by the FBI from an alleged terror suspect. 

  • Co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of former military officials involving the torture of Iraqi civilians by U.S. contractors in the infamous Abu Ghraib facility.  

  • Engineered complex cross border negotiations between banking interests in the Middle East and the United States investors, leveraging  international banking interests with and international diplomatic channels to obtain successful results.     

  • Negotiated successful pre-suit settlement on behalf of Middle Eastern situated party against U.S. based healthcare provider, alleging multi-million dollars in damages stemming from fraud and failure to provide proper services.

  • Secured release of U.S. national sentenced to life in prison in Egypt on political charges, liaising with U.S. State Department, White House, members of Congress and key international power brokers over the course of his two year detention.
  • Successfully negotiated settlement with the U.S. government and whistle-blower of a Civil False Claims Act claim lodged against corporate executive alleged to have participated in multi-million dollar fraudulent billing scheme.  
  • Pro bono representation in detainee cases in federal court arising out of the Guantanamo and Bagram, Afghanistan detention facilities.

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Education

  • The New York University School of Law (J.D. 2007)
  • The University of Michigan Ross School of Business (B.B.A. 2004 with honors)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan