WASHINGTON - L. Richard Fischer and James Johnson may be the perfect one-two punch to help banks steer through conflicting privacy and anti-money-laundering laws.

Banks hire Mr. Fischer, a partner in the Washington office of Morrison & Foerster, to make sure they keep customer records private, and Mr. Johnson, a partner in the law firm's New York office, to prevent them from running afoul of law enforcement authorities trying to catch money launderers.

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