Key Experience

  • Has nearly a decade of experience providing advice and counseling regarding the laws, regulations and policies pertaining to economic sanctions, export controls and other foreign policy and national security trade and investment controls.
  • Served for more than five years at OFAC, most recently as assistant director for Regulatory Affairs.
  • Directed the team responsible for OFAC’s regulatory actions across all sanctions programs and played a key role in the development, implementation and administration of sanctions.


Elyse Martin joined the firm after serving for more than five years at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including two years as the assistant director for Regulatory Affairs, and more than a year as chief, sanctions programs implementation of the Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation Division. During her tenure at OFAC, Elyse was extensively involved in the development, implementation and administration of OFAC’s sanctions programs, and played a critical role in the execution of many of OFAC’s most complex and high profile sanctions actions, in particular those involving Iran, Venezuela, Russia and Cuba. Among other responsibilities, Elyse directed the team responsible for drafting, clearing and publishing all of OFAC’s regulatory actions, including regulations to reflect changes in policy, implement new programs or authorities, or make other changes, as well as standalone general licenses and other Federal Register publications.


Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York only and under the supervision of the partners of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Application for admission to the Texas Bar in process.