Kian Meshkat


Kian Meshkat specializes in international trade law including U.S. and multilateral economic sanctions and export controls, and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance compliance. He handles projects and counsels clients concerning compliance with the economic sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Export Administrations Regulations (EAR) administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and anti-money laundering regulations administered by the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). His practice spans all aspects of these laws and regulations, including counseling, compliance work, transactional advice, licensing and opinion work, disclosures, list removal requests (OFAC SDN List, and BIS administered lists), and enforcement actions.

Mr. Meshkat has designed comprehensive international sanctions and export controls compliance programs, and assisted the due diligence efforts of multi-national organizations. He routinely provides clients in the aerospace, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries with advice and assistance in export licensing issues before OFAC and BIS. A significant part of his practice entails assisting clients from around the world in their de-listing petitions before OFAC and BIS.

Mr. Meshkat was the sole author of The Burden of Economic Sanctions on Iranian-Americans, published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law (Spring 2013). The article is an extensive analysis of how U.S. persons and businesses are impacted by U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. The article examined the consequences of broad executive power in foreign affairs, judicial deference to foreign policy and national security issues, Due Process concerns under the United States Constitution, and the risks posed to the system of checks and balances.

Mr. Meshkat previously interned at the California/Mexico Border Trade Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration where he gained extensive experience with U.S. export controls as applied to the aerospace and defense industry, the President's Export Control Reform Initiative, and the Wassenaar Arrangement, an international export controls convention. Meanwhile, Mr. Meshkat also authored A Retrospective on the NAFTA and Agrarian Reform in Mexico, published in the Houmbolt American Comparative Law Review (2011), analyzing the benefits of free trade agreements.

Mr. Meshkat received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California San Diego in 2009, with honors, and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2012. While in law school he served as an Honor Court Justice, was Vice-President of the International Human Rights Law Society, and a contestant in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights-Moot Court Competition.

University of San Diego School of Law

J.D.- Juris Doctor

University of California, San Diego

B.A- Bachelor of Arts


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