Elizabeth K. Annis

  • Associate
  • Eelizabeth.annis@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.1011


Elizabeth Annis is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. She is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department, where she practices primarily in the firm’s Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice.

Ms. Annis principally counsels clients on compliance with US international trade controls, including economic sanctions regulations administered and enforced by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and US export controls. Ms. Annis routinely interfaces with government regulators on behalf of clients, including at OFAC and the US Commerce Department, in connection with trade controls compliance and enforcement matters.

Ms. Annis also advises on internal investigations and risk assessments, develops compliance policies and procedures, and conducts due diligence to identify trade controls risks in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.

Ms. Annis maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on advising international humanitarian organizations as they navigate complex regulatory frameworks impacting the delivery of aid, including advising on the application of US sanctions and counterterrorism laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Latham, she was a legal intern in the Executive Office of the President for the Obama Administration, in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Thought Leadership
  • Presenter, “Navigating Sanctions and Anti-Terrorism Laws When Delivering Humanitarian Aid,” Latham & Watkins Webcast (September 2019) 
  • Co-author, “OFAC’s 5 Essential Components of an Effective Sanctions Compliance Program,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2019) 
  • Co-author, “10 Things to Know: US Allows Lawsuits Relating to ‘Trafficking’ in Confiscated Property in Cuba,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (May 2019)
  • Co-author, “OFAC Imposes Comprehensive Sanctions on Venezuela's State Oil Company, PdVSA,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (January 2019) 
  • Co-author, “OFAC Adds Venezuela Media Company and Others to US Sanctions List,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (January 2019)
  • Co-author, “Top 10 Things to Know About Expanded US Sanctions on Iran,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (November 2018)
  • Elizabeth Annis, Note, “Climate Change and Trade in the Pacific Island Countries: The PACER Plus Agreement,” 47 Geo. J. Int’l Law 1497, 1520 (2016)

Thought Leadership

  • Russia Sanctions Update: OFAC Issues Guidance on “New Investment” and Management Consulting Bans -  June 17, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: Strict Civil Liability Test for UK Financial Sanctions Breaches Enters Into Force  -  June 15, 2022
  • Sanctions and Export Controls Update: US, UK, and EU Developments Relating to Russia -  May 13, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: EU, UK, US, and Japan Expand Sanctions and Export Controls Relating to Russia -  April 12, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: US Targets Russia’s Energy Sector, Announces New Trade Restrictions, and Issues New Sanctions Designations -  March 11, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: UK and EU Expand Sanctions and Export Controls Relating to Russia -  March 08, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: EU, UK, and Japan Impose New Sanctions and Export Controls Relating to Russia -  March 01, 2022
  • Sanctions Update: US, UK, and EU Impose Sweeping New Sanctions Relating to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus -  February 25, 2022
  • Top EU Court Clarifies Anti-US Sanctions “Blocking Statute” -  January 06, 2022
  • New UK Sanctions and Export Controls Rules – Top 10 Takeaways -  December 23, 2020
  • UK Adopts Sanctions to Target Belarus Government Officials -  October 01, 2020
  • US Trade Controls Against China Reach Supply Chain and End-Use Targets and Activities -  August 19, 2020
  • UK Introduces Sanctions Regime Targeting Global Human Rights Offenders -  July 10, 2020
  • Department of Justice Revises Policy Regarding Voluntary Disclosures of Export Control and Sanctions Violations -  December 18, 2019
  • US Commerce Department Imposes Broad Export Control Restrictions on Huawei -  May 23, 2019
  • CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report -  May 17, 2019
  • OFAC’s 5 Essential Components of an Effective Sanctions Compliance Program  -  May 09, 2019
  • OFAC Imposes Comprehensive Sanctions on Venezuela’s State Oil Company, PdVSA -  January 29, 2019
  • OFAC Adds Venezuela Media Company and Others to US Sanctions List -  January 08, 2019
  • Top 10 Things to Know About Expanded US Sanctions on Iran -  November 06, 2018
  • Top 10 Things to Know About President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement -  May 10, 2018
  • US Treasury Department’s New Designations Under the Russia-Related Sanctions: 3 Key Takeaways -  April 09, 2018
  • Включение новых лиц в санкционный список Казначейством США в рамках антироссийских санкций: три ключевых вывода -  April 09, 2018
  • Казначейство США выпустило ожидаемый список российских лиц в рамках ранее принятого законодательства -  February 01, 2018
  • US Treasury Department Issues Anticipated List of Russian Parties, Pursuant to Recent Legislation -  January 31, 2018
  • Ужесточение санкций в отношении России, Ирана и Северной Кореи: Десять ключевых положений -  August 08, 2017
  • Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions: Top 10 Takeaways -  August 01, 2017
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2016
    magna cum laude
  • BA, Boston College, 2010
    magna cum laude
  • Technology
  • English
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • False Claims Act