Stephen M. McNabb

Chief Legal Officer, United States
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Stephen M. McNabb

Stephen M. McNabb



Stephen M. McNabb is the head of the International Trade Practice Group. Since joining in 1982, Mr. McNabb has counseled clients on compliance with international trade laws and regulations (including regulations administered by the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Department of State) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also has represented clients in investigations and enforcement matters involving export and sanctions laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. McNabb has represented corporations and their officers, directors, and employees in other types of white collar criminal and related federal enforcement matters. He has represented clients during grand jury and congressional investigations, at trial, and before appellate courts in a wide range of criminal matters. His practice has involved counseling clients on complying with U.S. criminal laws, the organizational sentencing guidelines, and corporate prevention and detection programs.

Mr. McNabb also has extensive civil litigation experience before trial and appellate courts in such diverse fields as antitrust, employment, labor relations, torts, civil rights, and complex commercial matters. Mr. McNabb is a member of the Appellate Practice Group and has argued cases in several United States courts of appeal.

Mr. McNabb is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association.  He is on the Advisory Board of the Corporate Counsel Institute.

Mr. McNabb received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1978 and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982.

Professional experience

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JD, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1982
AB, cum laude, Harvard University, 1978 

While in law school, Steve served as an editor of the American Criminal Law Review. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1982. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • District of Columbia Bar

Representative experience includes:

  • Grand jury investigation relating to trade sanctions imposed on Syria
  • Grand jury, BIS, OFAC and SEC investigations relating to sanctioned country restrictions and the FCPA
  • Dismissal of indictment of major oil company alleging violations of the Export Administration Regulations 
  • Defense of company indicted for violations of the Arms Export Control Act
  • Grand jury, SEC, and Congressional investigations into the United Nations' Oil for Food Program and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Defense of Assistant to the President for National Security before Congress, at trial, and on appeal in the Iran-Contra Investigation 
  • Grand jury investigations of government officials and staff
  • Reversal of a district court judgment punitive damage award for violation of Title IX
  • Reversal of district court judgment for wiretapping
  • Reversal of district court's dismissal of suit for royalty reimbursements
  • Dismissal of antitrust lawsuit relating to Internet Yellow Pages.
  • Representation of company before United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in connection with Tunney Act litigation
  • Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2013

While in law school, Steve authored the perjury and false statements sections in Second Annual Survey of White Collar Crime. His other publications include:

  • "US Export Controls and Antiboycott Regulations," Norton Rose Fulbright, October 2015
  • "Overview of US Exonomic Sanctions Regulations," Norton Rose Fulbright, October 2015
  • "FCPA Enforcement Trends and Compliance," Norton Rose Fulbright, February 2015
  • "Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Workshop", Norton Rose Fulbright, February 2015
  • "Overview of U.S. Economic Sanctions Regulations, Norton Rose Fulbright, February 2015
  • "Joint Venture Hypotheticals:  How to Address the Most Complex Challenges," 31st International Conference on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, American Conference Institute, November 18, 2014 
  • "Practical Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Workshop," Norton Rose Fulbright, October 21-22, 2014
  • "Dealing with Corruption - Reducing the Gap Between Perception and Reality," 20 Years of ACC Europe:  A Journey Into The Evolution Of The In-House Bar, 2014 ACC Europe Annual Conference, May 18-20, 2014
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Center for Professional Responsibility
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Advisory Board, Corporate Counsel Institute
  • Criminal Assistance Project, Participant
  • Braddock Downs Homeowners Association, past President
  • Harvard College 1978 Class Committee and Volunteer Interviewer