March 30, 2017

Former Treasury official Adam Smith to discuss sanctions, national security at ABA lunch

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 — In the wake of U.S. and Japanese leaders agreeing to enhance sanctions against North Korea, U.S. policies regarding economic sanctions remain unclear. Legal expert Adam Smith, who served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control  (OFAC), will speak about the economic implications of U.S. sanctions at a luncheon sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

“Economic Sanctions in the Trump Era”

Tuesday, June 6
Noon-1:30 p.m. ET

University Club
1135 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C.  20036

Smith is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, specializing in international trade compliance. From 2010 to 2015, he served as senior adviser to the director of OFAC and as the director for multilateral affairs on the National Security Council. At OFAC, he played a primary role in all aspects of government sanctions work, including advising the president on multilateral sanctions and policy guidance for both strengthening sanctions (Russia and Syria) and easing measures (Iran, Burma and Cuba) and advising on enforcement actions following sanctions violations.

Previously, Smith held positions at the United Nations, the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. His experiences inside and outside the government have given him extensive expertise on the structure and application of U.S. trade and investment regulation.

There is no charge for media covering this event, however, there is a $25 cost to include lunch. To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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