Professional Biography

Richard W. Oehler Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Government Contracts Practice

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8419

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099


  • Washington, D.C.

    D +1.202.654.6367

    F +1.202.654.6211

    Washington, D.C.

    700 13th Street, NW, Suite 800

    Washington, DC 20005-3960




Highly experienced in counselling and representing companies on U.S. regulatory matters, Richard Oehler concentrates his counsel in the areas of economic sanctions, national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), federal procurement, export controls and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues.

Rick has conducted substantial export compliance work, including advising companies regarding compliance with economic sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) and export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He handles related internal investigations, government investigations, voluntary self-disclosures and related counselling and compliance activities. Rick has helped technology companies resolve U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) penalty assessments and obtained favorable export classifications.

In his work on CFIUS and national security issues, Rick has handled numerous CFIUS matters and assisted companies in compliance with U.S. security regulations. Rick has a Top Secret level clearance.

Rick has substantial experience in the federal procurement arena, including handling government investigations and government claims, bid protests, government contract accounting disputes, prime contractor and subcontractor litigation, government claims, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation, bid protests and small business matters.

His FCPA compliance counseling work includes advising numerous companies on drafting FCPA policies and conducting FCPA training. He has also handled FCPA internal investigations in Asia, South America, Central America and Eastern Europe as well as voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission.

An active thought leader in these areas, Rick is a contributing author to the 2017 The ABA Compliance Officer's Deskbook, in which he co-authored the chapter on U.S. OFAC sanctions. 

*D.C. Practice limited to representation of the public before U.S. Departments and Agencies under Rule 49(c)(2).

Professional Recognition

  • National Contract Management Association Special Award (1988 - 1992; 1993 - 1995) in recognition of serving as a faculty member for National Education Seminars
  • Listed in Who's Who in America

Professional Leadership

  • University of Washington, Certificate Program in Contract Management, Advisory Board Member, 1991 - present
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • National Contract Management Association, Puget Sound Chapter
  • U.S. Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Program, Lecturer

Related Employment

  • Faculty member, “Legal Aspects of Contracts,” University of Washington, Certificate Program in Contract Management 1992 - 1996
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Washington, D.C., Trial Attorney, Court of Federal Claims Litigation: Experience as a Department of Justice Trial Attorney handling hundreds of multi-million dollar contracts and related lawsuits against the United States, 1978 - 1987





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972