David M. Tafuri assists clients with international business, public international law, foreign investment, rule of law and dispute resolution matters. He specializes in post-conflict countries in the Middle East and North Africa. He draws on his experiences on the ground in the region and his previous positions with the U.S. Government and the United Nations to find creative, multi-forum solutions for clients.
From 2006-2007, Mr. Tafuri served as the Department of State’s Rule of Law Coordinator for Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In that position, he worked directly with the Chief Justice of Iraq and the Iraqi ministries to help rebuild the legal system. He traveled across the country overseeing the State Department’s justice assistance programs and managed a number of large U.S. government contracts and nonprofit grants. He was also responsible for advising the U.S. Ambassador and staff on the Iraqi justice system.
In addition to his position with the Department of State, Mr. Tafuri draws on his previous experience as an aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staff assistant to several presidential and congressional campaigns to augment his practice. Before entering private practice, Mr. Tafuri worked for the United Nations in Turkey. He has also served on the Board of Directors of USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee organization, and the Washington Ballet’s Jete Society.
Mr. Tafuri’s current clients include public and private companies seeking to invest in the emerging markets of the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. government contractors, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations. He also represents several foreign governments in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he has assisted foreign nationals in a variety of legal matters, including criminal and civil cases, political asylum and refugee proceedings.
- Mr. Tafuri began representing the Libyan rebels and the National Transitional Counsel of Libya (NTC) after the protests in Libya began. During the war, he assisted the NTC in gaining recognition by the U.S. government as the sole legitimate government of Libya. He now serves as the U.S. legal counsel to the new government of Libya and advises on public international law matters.
- Represents Libyan sovereign wealth funds on issues related to funds blocked pursuant to the UN Security Council resolutions on Libya, as well as on litigation matters in US federal court.
- Mr. Tafuri represents the Syrian Opposition Coalition, which is the moderate opposition group in Syria that is supported by the US Government. He provides advice on public international law issues and on aid and assistance.
- Mr. Tafuri leads the Firm’s team that represents the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. He advises the KRG on public international law matters. He also serves as legal counsel on sovereign debt matters.
- Is currently assisting the government of an Arab Spring country with a large stolen asset recovery matter, using a multi-forum solution.
- Helped found both the Iraq Business Initiative at the US Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Kurdistan Business Council, which advise U.S. companies on investing in Iraq. He currently serves as the President of the U.S. Kurdistan Business Council.
- Defended the Embassy of Iraq in a litigation matter and works closely with both the Embassy and the Iraqi Commercial Office on investment matters in Iraq.
- Advises a U.S. company that is a leading investor in the energy, oil and mineral sectors in Iraq on legal and regulatory compliance and on market entry.
- Represents the largest bank in Iraq on investment and policy matters.
- Assists large U.S. Government contractor on operations and investments in Afghanistan and on policy matters related to Afghanistan.
- Represents the transitional government of Madagascar on public international law matters