Jason I. Poblete


Jason is an attorney in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He represents individuals and corporations on domestic and international matters in his federal regulatory litigation and transactional practice. He advises clients on navigating the complex legal and political, federal interagency regulatory and legislative processes primarily on matters overseen by the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, and Congress.

Before forming Poblete Tamargo in 2010, he worked as an attorney in the Global Regulatory Litigation Group of Reed Smith LLP. Before Reed Smith, Poblete was a senior advisor to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif), and on a Congressional committee’s senior staff. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, he was selected several times by the Roll Call newspaper editors as one of the “50 Most Influential Staffers” in the Congress. Poblete worked for seven years at the Republican National Committee (RNC), starting in 1993, the year before the Republican Party won control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

Poblete is an expert on federal regulatory matters and administrative rule-making, and federal legislative procedures and investigations. He concentrates his practice in these areas: trade compliance, export controls for defense articles and dual-use items, encryption controls, economic sanctions, and human rights. He has conducted and participated in numerous compliance audits in both the United States and in foreign countries. He has assisted or been part of Congressional oversight processes and investigations on and off Capitol Hill. He has testified before Congress on bringing to justice foreign leaders accused of gross violations of fundamental rights and atrocity crimes and served as an expert witness on economic sanctions in a case before the United Kingdom High Court of Justice.

Jason has advocated on behalf of Americans, and other persons held hostage by foreign governments, political opposition leaders in foreign countries subject to human rights abuses, and a former foreign head of state and his family persecuted for their pro-democracy efforts. He has also represented multinational corporations, publicly traded companies, a Native-American tribe, non-governmental and international organizations, and companies from these industries: defense, telecommunications, aviation, advertising, energy, pharmaceuticals, international bulk shipping, Internet, and software development firms. He has also represented individuals and families with claims against foreign governments for the unlawful confiscation of property. The firm also assists families with claims against foreign governments, such as the Guam War Claims Program.

A strong advocate of the importance of property rights, the rule of law, and human rights, Poblete has testified in 2007 before a Special Committee of the United Nations (UN) in New York; has advocated on behalf of clients before numerous committees of the U.S. Congress and international organizations such as INTERPOL, and has represented clients before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS). In 2016 he founded a non-profit, the Global Liberty Alliance, to raise awareness about the importance of free markets, defending fundamental rights, and strengthening the rule of law.

A Past Chairman of the National Security Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law, he is a member of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). For personal and professional reasons, he has had a life-long interest in political, defense, economic, security developments in the Western Hemisphere and the linkages between other regions and the Americas in emerging transnational threats, political, economic, and the rule of law matters. He was awarded by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation the 2020 Hostage Freedom Award for his work to help free several Americans unlawfully detained in Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.

Jason has been a commentator on national and international news programs, including CNN, CNBC, CNN Español, NBCTelemundo, USIA, BBC, Channel 4 News (UK), and Spanish-language television public affairs programs in Spain and Latin America. Jason has published op-eds or been quoted in U.S. and international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The New York Times, The American Spectator, Roll Call, Al Arabiya, Reuters, POLITICO, The Hill, The Miami Herald, The Washington Examiner, McClatchy News, Associated Press, Corporate Compliance Insights, World ECR: Journal of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions (UK), RCN Colombia, and La Prensa (Nicaragua).

Born and raised in South Florida, he resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Dr. Yleem Poblete, Ph.D. They are active members of the Order of Malta, and he is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Besides his law degree, Jason earned a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and wrote a thesis on U.S. economic sanctions. He earned a B.A. in political science from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.



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