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Former Director, US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); Partner and Co-Head of National Security Practice, Morrison & Foerster

Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2019

John E. Smith is a former director of OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), the US government’s economic sanctions agency. Concurrent with serving as OFAC director, he also served as acting under secretary for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury. Prior to his three years as OFAC director, he served as the OFAC’s deputy and associate director.


After two decades in public service working on economic sanctions at the United Nations, US Justice Department, and the Treasury, Smith became a partner and co-chair of the National Security Practice in 2018 at the global law firm Morrison & Foerster.

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