Ata Akiner is an associate in the Firm's International Trade Group. He focuses his practice on regulatory matters, with an emphasis on economic sanctions and export controls regulations administered by the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Ata assists clients in a wide range of industries on their compliance with US sanctions programs.
Ata also represents clients in US trade remedy cases, including administrative proceedings before the US Department of Commerce. Additionally, he assists clients in the Firm's National Security and CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) practice. Ata is actively involved in pro bono initiatives at the Firm.
Ata received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center with a certificate in WTO & International Trade Studies. During law school, he held an internship at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and was a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Ata served as a Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, was a Fellow of the International Institute of Economic Law (IIEL), earned recognition as a Pro Bono Pledge Honoree, and was awarded the Dean's Certificate in recognition of "outstanding service to the Georgetown Law community."
Prior to and during law school Ata worked as a trade policy analyst at an international law firm in Washington, DC. In this capacity he monitored and provided analysis of US trade policy developments for a range of clients, including prominent East Asia-based trade associations.
"FERC Compliance with NEPA: Upstream and Downstream Impacts," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (Vol. 20, Issue 1), Spring 2019
"Now is the Time for a U.S.-Turkey Free Trade Agreement," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Watch #2107, July 2013
American Constitution Society's 2019 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition, Runner-up ("The President's Power to Withdraw From International Agreements: The Role of Congress and the Courts")
Bryce Harlow Fellow, 2018
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 2017 (Recognized as being the best in class for International Trade Law)