Dale Chakarian Turza

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2261

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Practice Areas

  • Anti-Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture
  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Commercial Bribery & FCPA
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cyber and National Security
  • FCPA and International Anti-Bribery
  • Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
  • International Litigation
  • OFAC and Export Control
  • Securities Enforcement & Investigations
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 862 2261
Fax: 202 862 2400
University Connecticut College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1971; Columbia University, M.A., 1974
Law SchoolGeorgetown University, J.D., 1978
Admitted1978, District of Columbia; 1979, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court

Dale Chakarian Turza is a partner in Cadwalader's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Dale is a recognized expert in international corruption laws and initiatives, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, commercial and arms exports controls, economic sanctions and embargoes, foreign boycotts, national security issues related to conducting business in security sensitive arenas, and other enforcement areas related to international trade.

She also advises clients regarding enforcement, compliance and corporate governance matters. She regularly represents clients before the United States Departments of Justice, State, Treasury (including the Office of Foreign Assets Control), Defense, and Commerce and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dale represents a diverse group of clients that includes defense contractors, industrial companies, financial institutions, including the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, financial services companies and news organizations.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Dale was a partner with Clifford Chance and its predecessor law firm, Rogers & Wells. She frequently publishes articles for newspapers and professional journals in her areas of practice, including the New York Law Journal and Asia Law, and is also a regular panel participant and moderator for the American Bar Association (ABA) and other organizations. She has also appeared as a legal expert on CNN and FOX News.

Dale is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the ABA, where she is past Vice Chairman of its Task Force on International Standards for Foreign Corrupt Practices and past Vice Chairman of the Task Force on Professional Responsibilities Regarding Money Laundering. Dale serves as Vice-Chairman of NS2 Serves, a charitable organization offering training and employment assistance to recent veterans of U.S. national security missions. She is the past President of the Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) of Columbia University in New York, Chairman Emeritus of the GSAS Alumni Board of Directors, and a Columbia University Alumni Medalist. She is also a past Trustee of Connecticut College.

She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Connecticut College for Women, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; her M.A. from Columbia University, where she earned the distinction of being a Zohrab Scholar; and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.

Dale is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

News Releases

• Cadwalader Advises Forbes Media LLC on Majority Stake Sale to International Investors Jul 18, 2014

Recent Press

• Derivatives (and Kalashnikovs) Get Sanctions Relief Aug 02, 2014

Clients & Friends Memos

• The Bribery Act 2010: Are You Ready? Jun 30, 2011


• White Collar Crime, 2011 - A Year in Review Jun 01, 2012


• SAP NS2 Solutions Summit Oct 30, 2014

• Risk Management and Regulatory Examination/Compliance Seminar Oct 07, 2014

• National Institute on International Regulation and Compliance: FCPA, Economic Sanctions & Export Control Oct 01, 2014

• The American Bar Association's 28th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime Mar 05, 2014

• Global Export Controls Summit Oct 14, 2013

• Iran Sanctions Intensive Sep 16, 2013

• OFAC Boot Camp Dec 05, 2012

• Industrial & National Security Compliance Nov 14, 2012


FCPA Advisor

• Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases? Jul 15, 2013

• Allianz To Pay $12.3M To Settle SEC's Bribery Allegations Dec 19, 2012

• DOJ and SEC Issue FCPA Guidance Nov 19, 2012

• FCPA Allegations Involving Customs Clearance in Kazakhstan Jun 11, 2012

• Lindsey Manufacturing's Conviction Overturned Dec 05, 2011

• With Publication of Final Guidance, UK Bribery Act to Go Into Effect on July 1, 2011 Apr 15, 2011

• U.K. Ministry of Justice Further Delays Implementation of Bribery Act Feb 03, 2011

• New Compliance Criteria Set in Sentencing Guidelines Nov 30, 2010

• ABB Entities Resolve FCPA Investigation Nov 30, 2010

• Panalpina, Shell, Four Oil Services Companies Settle FCPA Charges Nov 30, 2010

• Intermediaries Indicted for Involvement in Scheme to Bribe Mexican Officials Sep 29, 2010

• U.K. Ministry of Justice Releases Guidance on Bribery Act Sep 29, 2010

• Department of Justice Issues FCPA Opinion Procedure Release on the Definition of the term “Foreign Official” Sep 03, 2010

• Alliance One and Universal Corp Settle DOJ, SEC Charges; Former Country Manager of Alliance One Pleads Guilty Aug 16, 2010

• Giffen Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Tax Violation 7 Years After FCPA-Indictment; His Merchant Bank Pleads Guilty to FCPA Felony Aug 16, 2010

• Department of Justice Issues Second FCPA Opinion Procedure Release for 2010 Regarding Government Compelled Grants and Due Diligence Aug 02, 2010

• GE Agrees to Pay $23.4 Million to SEC to Settle FCPA Charges Jul 29, 2010

• Implementation of U.K. Bribery Act Delayed Until April 2011 Jul 26, 2010

• ENI and Snamprogetti Settle Criminal and Civil Charges Related to the Bonny Island Project in Nigeria; JGC Corporation Discloses Settlement Discussions Jul 15, 2010

• Breuer Cautiously Approaches Costly FCPA Cases Jul 02, 2010

• Financial Reform Bill Compensates Whistleblowers Assisting the SEC Jul 02, 2010

• Technip Enters into DPA with DOJ, Pays $338 Million Settlement Jul 02, 2010

• First DOJ FCPA Opinion Procedure Release in 2010 Jul 02, 2010

• Department of Justice Guidance on Company Disputes with Corporate Monitors Jul 02, 2010

SEC Enforcement Advisor

• SEC Announces Largest Ever Whistleblower Award, Awards $30 Million to Foreign Whistleblower Oct 01, 2014

• Second Circuit Holds that Anti-Retaliation Provisions of Dodd Frank Act Have No Extraterritorial Application Aug 20, 2014

• Gatekeepers In the Enforcement Spotlight May 22, 2014

• SEC Announces Second Set of Whistleblower Awards Jul 01, 2013

• The SEC's New Policy on Seeking Admissions in Settlements Jun 28, 2013

White Collar Defense and Investigations Advisor

• AML Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses Feb 27, 2014

• SEC Issues Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule Jun 10, 2013

• U.S. and Chinese Regulators Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Enforcement Cooperation May 31, 2013

• Southern District of New York Orders Chevron CEO and General Counsel to Testify in RICO Suit Related to $18 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment May 28, 2013

• European Union Pending Legislation Requiring Additional Transparency from Extractive Industries May 20, 2013

• A Brief Primer for Corporate Social Media Disclosures in Light of the SEC's Recent Guidance on Regulation FD Apr 08, 2013

• The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: An Analysis of the SEC's Second Annual Report, Best Practices for Dealing with Whistleblowers, and Recent Cases Interpreting the Scope of the Anti-Retaliation Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act Dec 10, 2012

• SEC Issues Resource Extraction Rule Sep 21, 2012

• SEC Issues Conflict Minerals Rule Aug 29, 2012

• The Evolving Obligations of Public Companies to Disclose Cyber-Intrusions Jul 09, 2012

• Justice Department Establishes Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group Jan 31, 2012

• The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions: Considerations for Effectively Preparing for and Responding to Whistleblowers May 26, 2011

• FinCEN Issues Final Rule on Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR) Mar 01, 2011

• European Court of Justice Declares Corporate Communications With In-House Counsel Not Protected by Legal Professional Privilege Sep 17, 2010

• Barclays Bank PLC Forfeits $298 Million for Violations of U.S. Economic Sanctions; U.S. Judge Questions Use of DPA, Lack of Individuals Prosecuted Aug 19, 2010

• The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 Jul 26, 2010

• New Whistleblower Compensation Enacted for Securities and FCPA Disclosures Jul 26, 2010

• SEC and Goldman Sachs Agree to Settle Historic Market-Crisis Enforcement Action Jul 19, 2010

• Supreme Court Limits Application of the Honest Services Fraud Statute Jul 15, 2010


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Dale Chakarian Turza

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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