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Teresa N. Taylor

Partner Akrivis Law Group, PLLC

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Teresa N. Taylor is a partner at Akrivis Law Group, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. and heads the firm’s New York office. Ms. Taylor defends individuals and corporations during investigations and before federal courts, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other involved federal agencies (BIS, OFAC, SEC, FBI, DHL, IRS etc.) concerning alleged civil and criminal violations of U.S. trade sanctions and import-export regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-money laundering statutes, and related laws (IEEPA, TWEA, US Patriot Act, ITAR etc.). Teresa also completes compliance work relating to the above. 

Teresa successfully represented Appellant, Epsilon Electronics, at the trial and appellate levels against the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the OFAC; and her appellate briefs and oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia resulted in effectively a ground-breaking reversal of a maximum egregious penalty imposed by OFAC against her client. Epsilon Elecs., Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of the Treasury, 857 F.3d 913, 920 (D.C. Cir. 2017).  The opinion may be viewed here, and oral argument heard here.

Before joining Akrivis Law Group, Ms. Taylor was a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and an Associate at a prominent “Magic Circle” global law firm. Ms. Taylor also served as a federal law clerk for three U.S. District Court judges in the Western District of Virginia: The Hon. James C. Turk, The Hon. James P. Jones, and The Hon. Michael F. Urbanski. 

Ms. Taylor’s international human rights work includes participation in the UN Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court, where she assisted in drafting the gender crimes portion of the Statute of the Court and advocated to country delegations on the need for inclusion of gender crimes in the Statute. She additionally founded and served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization whose mission was to raise awareness of contemporary genocidal atrocities not receiving adequate media attention with a focus on the need for justice and accountability under international humanitarian law.

Ms. Taylor is an appointed member to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Board on Professional Responsibility, Hearing Committee. The Hearing Committee hears cases concerning attorney disciplinary matters and makes recommendations for discipline to the Board. Ms. Taylor has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and other colleges. 

Ms. Taylor’s pro bono work includes appellate criminal defense and prosecution in New York for both the Office of the Appellate Defender in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Appeals Bureau; and representation of a death row inmate before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.  

Outside of the office you can find her on the polo field, spending time with her son, traveling, painting, and sculpting.


LL.M., International & Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., cum laude, M.A., International Affairs & Politics, Washington College of Law, American University

M.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College

B.A., English, University of Maryland College Park

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

New York


Court Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Tax Court

Firm Description

A commitment to provide the highest quality legal expertise, personalized service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness to clients around the world.

Akrivis Law Group, PLLC is committed to providing all its clients with superior legal expertise and outstanding professional service on par with what they could expect at a large AmLaw100 firm, but with the personal touch and cost effectiveness that is only possible at a smaller size boutique law firm.  Akrivis means precise in Greek, and precision is among our hallmarks.

Akrivis takes pride in the breadth and depth of legal expertise offered by its lawyers.  Our attorneys are graduates of prominent U.S. law schools and have years of experience at some of the world’s most prestigious and largest law firms, where they worked on and led numerous multi-faceted, complex and high profile transactions and legal matters.  The high quality legal knowledge, insight, judgment and sophistication of our lawyers are what all Akrivis clients, be they multinational giants or individuals, can depend on in addressing their legal issues most effectively.

As a boutique firm with relatively low overhead and few layers of professional staff, Akrivis is able to provide its clients with personal attention, serving their legal needs more efficiently and cost-effectively without compromising the quality of work.  The personal relationships developed with our clients allows us to understand their needs and concerns more clearly, in turn enabling us to more readily identify pertinent issues and develop optimal solutions.

The firm’s practice areas encompass Banking & Finance, Business and Commercial Law, International Commercial Transactions, Litigation & Tax Controversy, and Sanctions & Trade Regulation. With extensive experience in each of these practice areas, we provide our corporate and individual clients with elegant, optimal solutions to their sophisticated issues.

Akrivis Law Group’s lawyers have had experience with projects and transactions in nearly all regions of the world. We currently represent clients from around the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.