Dustin Palmer is a managing director, a leader of BRG’s Financial Institution Advisory practice, and an expert in regulatory compliance, with a focus on anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions, fraud, anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), and related areas.

Mr. Palmer assists clients in regulatory and enforcement matters, with a particular emphasis on technology, analytics and machine learning, suspicious activity monitoring, customer due diligence, risk assessments, and reducing high risk in areas such as digital assets and correspondent banking.

Before joining BRG, Mr. Palmer was at a global consulting firm, where he focused on the financial services industry for ten years and co-led the financial crimes compliance practice for the Americas. Fluent in English and Spanish, he worked throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has led large remediation efforts for financial institutions, mapped and reduced risks, implemented advanced technologies, and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of institutions’ risk compliance programs. He has also acted as an expert in financial crimes–related litigation and is a frequent speaker on panels and seminars.

Previously, Mr. Palmer was senior advisor to the general counsel and senior counsel for enforcement and intelligence at the US Department of the Treasury. He worked closely with FinCEN, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the departments of Commerce, State, and Justice to implement policies and regulations that would reduce organized crime and help secure the US financial system. He also was integrally involved in the Treasury Asset Relief Program (TARP), along with interpreting and establishing data protection and privacy standards, including being part of an international negotiating team dealing with the sharing of personal data between Europe and the United States.

Prior to his tenure at Treasury, Mr. Palmer worked as an attorney for the US Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Legal Counsel, including with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Customs and Border Protection on AML and smuggling investigations. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a law clerk to Judge Karen J. Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and an assistant to Judge Richard Posner, William Landes, and James Heckman.

Mr. Palmer holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA in economics from Brigham Young University.

Areas of Expertise


University of Chicago Law School

Brigham Young University
BA, Economics