John E. Smith served as the Director of OFAC, as well as its Deputy Director and Associate Director, for 11 years before joining MoFo in July 2018. Concurrent with serving as OFAC Director, John also served as acting Under Secretary for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at Treasury (January 2017 to June 2017). John has overseen the U.S. government’s economic sanctions efforts, imposing sanctions on heads of state, countries, and illicit actors; conducting enforcement actions against dozens of major financial institutions and companies around the world; and developing innovative sanctions enforcement policies to address evolving U.S. national security priorities. Mr. Smith has also supervised the investigation, preparation, and settlement of cases for hundreds of millions of dollars. John is co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice and was named by Global Investigations Review (GIR) in November 2019 as one of the most respected Washington, D.C. sanctions lawyers.