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Adam J. Berry

Washington, D.C.

Adam J. Berry
Farsi Persian, Arabic
Practice Group

Adam Berry counsels clients on international trade and investment matters. He regularly advises clients on licensing, enforcement, and compliance matters before the U.S. Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments.

Adam focuses on the intersection of economic sanctions and export controls, and assists clients on coping with the complex, interlocking regulatory regimes governing trade with countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Russia/Crimea. With a focus on the life sciences, telecommunications, and industrial sectors, he helps clients translate their regulatory obligations into practical guidance.

While in law school, Adam was an intern at the Office of Chief Counsel in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he worked on a number of licensing and enforcement matters involving Cuba and Iran, among other nations, and sanctions programs including terrorism, narcotrafficking, and transnational criminal organizations.

Before law school, Adam earned a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) at Oxford University, focusing on modern Iranian history. During his time in graduate school, Adam worked as an independent consultant to both the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Representative experience

Advises medical device and pharmaceutical companies in obtaining licenses for economic sanctions programs, including Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Russia/Crimea.

Counseled several automotive companies on compliance with Iran sanctions and U.S. de minimis rules regarding foreign-made automobiles.

Develops compliance programs for companies regarding cross-border research and development.

Represented multiple companies seeking removal from the Bureau of Industry and Security's Entity List.

Counseled aerospace companies regarding Customs classification matters.

Assists companies with voluntary disclosures to the Bureau of Industry and Security and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2014
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, St Antony's College, 2013
  • M.St., with distinction, Marshall Scholar, University of Oxford, St Antony's College, 2008
  • M.A., with distinction, Marshall Scholar, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • B.A., with highest honors, Emory University, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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