Stephen McHale advises businesses on issues of national security law and policy, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations and enforcement proceedings. Mr. McHale has particular experience in international investment and trade matters, representing domestic and international clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in national security reviews of foreign investments. He is co-chair of Patton Boggs’ Homeland Security, Defense and Technology Transfer practice group.
Mr. McHale helps clients navigate U.S. and international economic sanctions, representing their interests before the U.S State Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in license proceedings and administrative enforcement and compliance actions. He works extensively on U.S. efforts to expand its extraterritorial jurisdiction in such matters. His international trade practice includes advising clients on U.S. and international trade controls that govern the transfer of defense articles, defense services or technical data, and "dual-use" products and technology.
Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Mr. McHale held a variety of senior management and legal positions during 24 years of government service in the departments of Justice, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security. Mr. McHale served as the first deputy administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and oversaw the federalization of aviation security after the September 11 attacks.
Mr. McHale was a lawyer with Treasury for 12 years, serving as acting general counsel for five months during the Clinton-Bush transition. In another position, as the Treasury’s chief enforcement counsel, he handled matters involving the Secret Service, Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), OFAC and CFIUS. He helped develop the financial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and the 2000 and 2001 National Anti-Money Laundering Strategies. He also served as legal adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury on matters of national security and intelligence.
Based on deep experience acquired during his service to key government agencies, Mr. McHale advises clients on a range of matters involving aviation security, customs enforcement, global anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing controls. As a former Chief Counsel of ATF, Mr. McHale also advises clients on the federal taxation and regulation of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. Mr. McHale has testified before Congress on many occasions, and he has extensive experience representing clients in Congressional investigations and hearings.