Rachel K. Alpert is co-chair of the firm’s National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls Practice, and a partner in its Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice. She is an international trade and sanctions lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in economic sanctions, export controls, and international legal issues from her seven years in the United States Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She counsels domestic and international clients on a range of issues, including trade sanctions compliance, supply chain and human rights accountability, and CFIUS matters.
Drawing on her State Department experience advising policy-makers at all levels on legal issues affecting US relations with countries in the Western Hemisphere, Ms. Alpert supports organizations in the oil and gas, communications, travel, and other industries on legal issues involving export controls and US sanctions laws and regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. She also advises companies and investors on business human rights and supply chain accountability and on national security reviews of foreign investments in the United States by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
While at the State Department, Ms. Alpert advised on the implementation of approximately $2 billion in US foreign assistance resources to prevent trafficking in persons and end modern slavery, to combat transnational crime, promote democracy, and to provide urgent humanitarian assistance throughout the world. She reviewed and drafted legislative text and prepared senior leaders for Congressional testimony. She also collaborated with agencies throughout the US government on legal issues related to Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua sanctions programs.
Ms. Alpert started her State Department career in the employment law section, representing the State Department in employment litigation and advising department bureaus and principals on employment law issues within the Department and at US embassies around the globe.