Jason I. Poblete represents individuals and corporations in both domestic and international matters. Poblete helps clients navigate the complex legal and, at times, political, federal interagency regulatory and legislative processes primarily in issues overseen by the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, as well as Congress.
Before forming Poblete Tamargo in 2010, he worked as a senior 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 the senior staff of a Congressional committee. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, he was selected several times by the editors of Roll Call newspaper 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, federal legislative procedure, and Congressional 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.
Both on and off Capitol Hill, he has assisted or been part of Congressional oversight processes and investigations. 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 a U.S. Persons held hostage or unlawfully detained by foreign governments, political opposition leaders in foreign countries, and a former foreign head of state and his family persecuted for their pro-democracy efforts. He has 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 shipping, Internet and software development firms. He has also represented individuals and families with claims against foreign governments for the unlawful confiscation of property, and his firm assists families with claims against foreign governments such as the Guam War Claims Program and the Cuba Claims Program.
A staunch advocate about the importance of property rights, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms, 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 counseled clients on matters under review by 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 advocate for politically persecuted persons by totalitarian governments and to assist law enforcement in bringing perpetrators of atrocity crimes to justice. The Foley Foundation announced in December 2019 that Jason would be honored on April 1, 2020, with the Hostage Freedom Award for his work on behalf of Americans unlawfully imprisoned in places such as Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.
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 rule of law matters.
Jason has been a commentator on national and international news programs, including CNN, CNBC, CNN Español, NBC Telemundo, USIA, BBC, Channel 4 News (UK), and on 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).
Jason 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. Besides his law degree, he earned a Master’s degree from Georgetown University (Thesis topic: U.S. economic sanctions towards Cuba) and a B.A., with a regional concentration in Latin American studies, from Florida International University.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- J.D., George Mason University School of Law
- M.A., Georgetown University
- B.A., Florida International University
- Italian (working proficiency)
Sample Recent Cases, Speeches & Interviews
- Shahini v. The Islamic Republic of Iran, 1:18-cv-01619 (D.D.C. 2018).
- Poblete Tamargo v. U.S. Dep’t of State, 1:18-cv-02355 (D.D.C. 2018).
- Mamancochet Mining Ltd. -v- Aegis Managing Agency Ltd. and others, High Court of Justice in England,  EWHC 2643 (Comm), as an expert witness on U.S. economic sanctions.
- Radio Farda interview about the unlawful detention by Iran of Lebanese national and US LPR Nizar Zakka (Feb. 18, 2018).
- Al Arabiya television interview on the unlawful detention by Iran of Americans and other dual-nationals (Feb. 14, 2018).
- Cited, The Cuba Conundrum, Corporate Governance, and Compliance, Challenges of U.S. Publicly-Traded Companies, Univ. of Pa., J.Bus.L, Vol 18, No. 3 (Spring 2016).
- Poblete presented at eMerge/eGov Americas conference in Miami, Florida on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions concerning Cuba (April 18, 2016).
- Compliance with U.S. export controls and economic sanctions as applicable to Cuba, Emerging Markets Trade Association, New York (December 8, 2015).
- Interview on CNBC discussing claims against foreign governments and U.S. economic sanctions (July 20, 2015).