Mr. Pelak focuses his practice on civil and criminal enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.
With more than 30 years of experience, he provides clients with sound counsel and advocacy on administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions, as well as internal corporate compliance matters. Mr. Pelak has significant experience as a federal prosecutor and in private practice handling and supervising the investigation and prosecution of export control, embargo, fraud, bribery, public corruption, immigration, labor union corruption, terrorism, and other white collar and violent crimes. He counsels and represents individuals and corporate clients in federal and state administrative and criminal inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions.
Mr. Pelak assists clients with internal corporate compliance and due diligence efforts with regard to export control and embargo statutes and regulations, including the Arms Export Control Act/International Traffic in Arms Regulations; the Export Administration Regulations; the U.S. Treasury Department's sanctions programs; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); the Foreign Agents Registration Act; and other federal regulatory schemes. Steve has a security clearance with the U.S. government to work for cleared contractors on matters involving the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Intelligence Community of the U.S. government.
Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (2018-2020);
Principal Deputy Chief and Acting Chief, Counterespionage Section (now titled Counterintelligence and Export Control Section), U.S. Department of Justice (2008-2013);
National Coordinator, Export Controls and Sanctions Enforcement Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice/National Security Division (2007-2013); U.S. Government Senior Executive Service, Former Member (2009-2013);
Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Columbia (September 2001-2007); and Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court (former).
“Treasury Issues New CFIUS Interim Rules,” Holland & Hart News Update, Co-Author, 10/23/18;
"Accelerating International Cooperation in Fraud, Corruption, and Other Criminal Investigations and Enforcement Actions," TerraLex Connections, Co-Author, 2/18;
“DOJ Settlement Sets Forth Best Practices for Protecting Sensitive Data for Government Contractors and Information Technology Companies,” Holland & Hart News Update, Co-Author, 1/18;
“National Emergency Creep Threatens OFAC’s Good Standing,” WorldECR, Co-Author, 11/17;
"U.S. Government Revokes the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, But Restrictions and Risks Remain," Holland & Hart News Update, Co-Author, 10/18/17;
"Accelerating International Cooperation in Fraud, Corruption, and Other Criminal Investigations and Enforcement Actions," Holland & Hart News Update, Co-Author, 09/12/2017
University of Michigan Law School, J.D.; Kalamazoo College, B.S.