Rachel K. Alpert

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

Rachel Alpert counsels clients on compliance with US sanctions and export controls requirements, related internal investigations, and US national security matters. She previously served as Attorney-Adviser in the US State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.

Ms. Alpert represents companies on legal issues involving international trade, export controls, and US sanctions laws and regulations, including:

  • Economic sanctions administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • The Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

She also advises on national security reviews of foreign investments in the United States conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

In addition to counseling on regulatory and US national security matters, Ms. Alpert conducts internal investigations and prepares voluntary disclosures, advises on export control jurisdiction and classification, and assesses organizational logistics and internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with US sanctions, import, and export requirements.

Ms. Alpert previously served as Attorney-Adviser in the US State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, working on legal issues affecting US relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. She led numerous bilateral negotiations for the United States and developed a keen understanding of the inner workings of the interagency rule-making, policy-making, and enforcement processes through close collaboration with key legal and policy leaders at OFAC and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, among others.

Serving as lead attorney for Cuba matters at the State Department, Ms. Alpert developed specific knowledge of US Government sanctions and policy toward Cuba, advising on Cuba-related issues from the re-establishment of US diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015 through the 2019 end of the suspension of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (LIBERTAD) of 1996.

At the State Department, Ms. Alpert also advised on the implementation of approximately US$2 billion in US foreign assistance resources, reviewed and drafted legislative text, and prepared senior leaders for Congressional testimony.

Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Alpert practiced as an associate in Latham’s Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice and spent a year in Syria as a Frederick Sheldon Fellow, researching the Syrian legal framework for the international response to the Iraqi refugee crisis. 

Ms. Alpert is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.

Thought Leadership
  • Presenter, Comprehensive Overview of U.S. Sanctions Regulatory Regimes and the Key Components of an Effective Sanctions Compliance Program, American Conference Institute (July 28, 2020)
  • Lecturer, Sanctions and International Law, Georgetown University Law Center International Law Course, Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2020)
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