Michael Dobson is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice group. Mr. Dobson has extensive experience advising clients on critical national security matters pertaining to U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, and various regulatory and compliance issues.
Mr. Dobson most recently served as a Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he was one of the U.S. government’s leading sanctions officials in the development and implementation of U.S. sanctions policy toward Russia and throughout the Western Hemisphere, including with respect to Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and narcotics traffickers operating in Latin America.
In his position at OFAC, Mr. Dobson developed strategies and tactics for achieving U.S. sanctions policy objectives, and applied that understanding of policy goals to shape executive orders, regulations, general and specific licenses, and interpretive guidance across multiple sanctions regimes, including Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Belarus, as well as the counter-narcotics trafficking portfolio, with an emphasis in the latter on narcotics traffickers operating in Latin America. Mr. Dobson provided policy and organizational direction to interagency efforts to anticipate and mitigate unintended consequences of sanctions. He was also responsible for representing OFAC in interagency meetings, congressional briefings, private sector outreach, and international engagement efforts.
Prior to his time at OFAC, Mr. Dobson spent six years as an associate at a major law firm in Washington, D.C., where he counseled clients on, and represented them before government agencies in matters regarding, U.S. and foreign international trade laws and regulations, including economic sanctions, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS). He received his B.A. in political science and sociology from The George Washington University and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
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