Key Experience

  • Significant experience in international trade and investment, compliance, export controls, sanctions, national security and high-stakes negotiations and litigation matters.
  • Former lead CFIUS attorney at the U.S. Department of State.
  • Represented the State Department in interagency policy-making processes and worked closely with senior officials at the National Security Council (NSC), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense, Treasury, Commerce and Homeland Security, and other federal agencies.


Katherine Padgett’s practice focuses on a variety of international trade matters, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, export controls, economic sanctions, national security and litigation strategy in international investment and arbitration.

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