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A successful attorney with over 35 years of experience in the law field, David Aufhauser currently serves as a partner of an established law firm in Washington, D.C. Aufhauser is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. While attending Wesleyan, he held membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society and served on the squash team. In 1974, David Aufhauser completed his Master of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and in 1977, earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon completing his education, David Aufhauser joined the firm of Williams & Connolly, LLC. As a Partner, his areas of concentration include arbitration and mediation, financial counseling services, executive and legislative branch investigations, matters of legal compliance, and economic sanctions. Due to his extensive experience and knowledge in the law field, David Aufhauser was named one of "Washington's Best Lawyers” in both 2010 and 2011. Previous work experience includes working at a global investment bank in New York City, where Aufhauser served as the Chief Legal Officer for four consecutive years, overseeing hundreds of attorneys in 30 countries. Additionally, David Aufhauser spent time serving as the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he supervised many of the department's legal functions, such as Domestic Finance and Banking, Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, and more. In his spare time, David Aufhauser enjoys spending time with his family, including his three children, who have all embarked on successful careers themselves, and his wife, also an attorney and a former acting General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Work experience

Sep 1977Present


Williams & Connolly

Litigation and counseling partner in financial services, legislative and executive branch investigations, FCPA and Patriot Act compliance and economic sanctions.  Former member of law firm Executive Committee; former chairman of Environmental Crimes ABA Subcommittee.  Named one of Washington's Best Lawyers in 2010 and 2011.

Oct 2004Oct 2008

General Counsel


Chief legal officer of global investment bank, supervising hundreds of lawyers in thirty countries. Member of Management Committee

Mar 2001Oct 2003

General Counsel

US Department of Treasury

Chief Legal Officer of the US Treasury and Chairman of the National Security Council Committee on Terrorist Financing. Supervised the Departments legal functions in International Affairs, Domestic Finance and Banking, Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls, the Secret Service, the ATF, the US Customs, and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

David Aufhauser


Sep 1974May 1977


University of Pennsylvania Law School

Littleton Fellows Legal Writing Instructor

Sep 1972May 1974


Harvard Business School
Sep 1968May 1972

Bachelor of Arts

Wesleyan University

Phi Beta Kappa, Squash Team