Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Guest Speaker

Partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP

Adam M. Smith is a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP in Washington, D.C. Adam is one of the world’s leading sanctions and trade lawyers. Fortune 100 managers and boards regularly engage him to navigate the increasingly complex world of international trade. Adam advises companies on mission critical matters including providing compliance guidance, representing them before U.S. and foreign governments, and defending them against enforcement actions brought by regulators around the world.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Adam served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – the U.S. Government’s economic sanctions agency – and as the Director of Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council.  During his time in government Adam was one of the architects of the initial sanctions strategy against Russia after the Crimea invasion of 2014.

Adam is the author of three legal texts and dozens of articles and book chapters, has testified before the U.S. Congress on sanctions, and is a frequent presenter at industry, governmental, and academic conferences globally. Earlier in his career, Adam was a political economist at the United Nations and also held posts at the World Bank and the OECD. Adam earned his law degree from Harvard, his master’s degree from Oxford, and his bachelor’s degree from Brown.