Donald Gross


Direct: 202-888-2106
Fax: 202-609-7770

Government Relations
Business Law and Commercial Transactions
Commercial Real Estate
Regulatory Compliance in National Security
International Trade
International Operations: Integrated Legal and Strategic Advisory Services


  • University of Chicago, J.D. and advanced studies in Political Science
  • Cornell University, B.A. magna cum laude
  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security
  • Georgetown University – Executive Program in International Business

District of Columbia
New York

Donald Gross assists both American and international clients in need of counsel in Washington or seeking to grow their businesses in the United States and the global market. He provides legal and strategic advice in several core areas: government relations, commercial and real estate transactions, compliance with national security and international trade regulations, and international operations.

Don counsels clients on devising and implementing strategies to achieve their business objectives and overcome the commercial, regulatory, political and cultural obstacles they face in the U.S. and overseas – in the energy, transportation, infrastructure, commercial real estate, communications, financial services, health care and high-tech manufacturing sectors.

Don has held a number of senior public and private sector positions. He served as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for International Security Affairs in the Department of State, Counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House National Security Council. He has practiced law in New York, Washington, and Seoul, Korea. He also worked for a decade as a strategic adviser to U.S. and overseas-based multinationals.

Over the years, Don has published numerous articles on international business and public policy issues, while serving as a commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, SkyNews, the Voice of America, and the Wall Street Journal. He authored an acclaimed book on U.S.-China relations titled “The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War” (Bloomsbury 2013).

Government Relations

Drawing on deep experience with Congress, the Executive branch, and international institutions, Don provides strategic advice on substantial legal and regulatory issues, while crafting legislative or regulatory solutions to complex problems.  His services include:

  • Developing and implementing advocacy strategies and messages to secure government support at the federal, state and local levels
  • Providing clients with timely, in-depth information and analysis on potential government actions that may affect their business
  • Counseling clients on responding to legislative and executive branch investigations and inquiries
  • Assisting with marketing products and services to federal government agencies
  • Negotiating optimal investment incentive packages from government agencies

Commercial and Real Estate Transactions

Commercial Transactions

Don assists American and international clients with structuring and negotiating a variety of commercial transactions.  He counsels clients on anticipating and developing creative solutions to potential legal and business problems before they arise.  He advises on commercial arrangements including:

  • Sales, Supply, Outsourcing and Marketing agreements
  • Technology Agreements
  • Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances, and Public/Private Partnerships
  • Infrastructure and Construction Projects
  • Distribution, Agency and R&D Contracts

Real Estate Transactions

Don provides a range of real estate transactional services for the acquisition, financing, development, construction, and leasing of commercial properties, including:

  • Office, Retail and Ground Leases
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Real Estate Development and Construction

Regulatory Compliance:  National Security and International Trade

Don counsels clients on compliance with a broad range of national security and international trade regulatory requirements while striving to lessen the impact of complex regulatory regimes on client transactions or day-to-day operations.  He advises on:

  • Security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • U.S. export controls, technical assistance agreements, economic sanctions and anti-boycott laws
  • Facility Security Clearances administered by the National Industrial Security Program (NISP)
  • Comprehensive due diligence reviews and assessments in conjunction with new acquisitions or mergers

International Operations: Integrated Legal and Strategic Advisory Services

For companies seeking to grow their business in the United States or the global market, Don provides an integrated package of legal and advisory services, including:

  • Overall Project Management: Coordinating and exercising cost-control over all legal, business advisory, government relations, public affairs and localization services
  • Strategy Advisory: Developing and implementing strategies for market entry, expansion and growth
  • Government Relations: Securing government support at the federal, state and local levels in the U.S. and internationally
  • Commercial Transactions: Structuring and negotiating commercial transactions, joint ventures, and public/private partnerships
  • Regulatory Compliance: Obtaining international trade and national security approvals in the U.S. and overseas
  • Investment Incentives / Localization: Negotiating optimal incentive packages from government agencies while implementing localization plans
  • Business Development: Introducing clients to potential customers and investors
  • Strategic partnerships: Facilitating partnerships with trusted U.S. enterprises, universities, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders
  • Corporate social responsibility: Building strong corporate responsibility programs with public sector, non-profit and philanthropic organizations


Adjunct Fellow, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies