Christopher Swift


Christopher Swift is a partner and litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of Foley’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice. Focusing on national security and international law, he represents clients in internal investigations and government enforcement actions involving anti-money laundering (AML), arms controls (ITAR), economic sanctions (OFAC), dual-use exports (EAR), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dr. Swift also represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and advises them on other national security issues involving Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI).

Dr. Swift’s experience includes counseling clients on the U.S. Patriot Act, government surveillance, and government investigations implicating terrorism or espionage. His practice also encompasses issues arising under the Geneva Conventions, Anti-Slavery legislation, and international human rights treaties. This includes an active pro bono practice serving refugees from contemporary conflict zones.

In addition to his national security practice, Dr. Swift counsels clients on a variety of trade-related issues, including U.S. Customs laws, Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes. His representations cover several sectors, including aerospace and defense, energy, financial services, higher education, manufacturing, maritime shipping, research and development, and technology.

Representative Experience

Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Swift served in U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, where he enforced sanctions targeting rogue states, terrorist syndicates, and weapons proliferators. While at OFAC, he managed a broad spectrum of civil and criminal cases in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Swift is an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University and a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Center for National Security Law. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and regularly advises policy makers on counter-terrorism, defense policy, and foreign affairs. His policy experience spans roles with Freedom House, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and a White House internship in the Office of Vice President Gore.

Awards and Recognition

In 2016, Dr. Swift was named a “Recognized Practitioner” in international trade by Chambers USA.


Dr. Swift is proficient in French and can understand Russian.

Thought Leadership

Dr. Swift was previously a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the council’s Russia Study Group and National Security Law Working Group. To add to his publications, Dr. Swift co-authored a piece in The Anti-Corruption Report titled, “Naming Bribe-Paying Third Parties Would Improve FCPA Compliance.” He regularly appears as a guest analyst for leading international media outlets, including ABC, Al-Jazeera, the BBC, Bloomberg News, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.

27 March 2024 In the News

Christopher Swift Assesses International Cooperation and Compliance on New Russia Restrictions

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Swift is quoted in the second part of the Anti-Corruption article series on “New Russia Restrictions: International Cooperation and Risk Mitigation.”
13 March 2024 In the News

Christopher Swift Discusses U.S. Agency Cooperation on Russian Restrictions

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Swift is quoted in the Anti-Corruption Report article, “New Russia Restrictions: Agency Cooperation and Industry Focus.”
01 March 2024 In the News

Christopher Swift Offers Insight on Russia’s Navigation of Western Sanctions

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Swift appeared on the Al Jazeera segment, “Biden Unveils Largest US Sanctions, Targeting 500+ Individuals and Entities with Ties to Ukraine War.”
23 February 2024 In the News

Christopher Swift Comments on New U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Swift is quoted in the CBS article, “U.S. issues hundreds of new Russia sanctions over Alexey Navalny's death and war in Ukraine.”
10 January 2024 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents Subsidiaries of American Electric Power Company and PNM Resources in Agreement to Sell New Mexico Solar Assets

Foley represented subsidiaries of American Electric Power and PNM Resources in the agreement to sell their renewables joint venture, New Mexico Renewable Development, LLC, to Exus North America Holdings, LLC for approximately $230 million.
04 December 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises Devolver Digital in Acquisition of System Era Softworks

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal adviser to Devolver Digital Inc. in its acquisition of System Era Softworks Inc.