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Jocelyn Steiner

Attorney Advisor
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Jocelyn A. Steiner is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Steiner currently serves on the Europe-Eurasia team, where she focuses on legal reform and economic development issues in Azerbaijan and promotes women’s economic security regionally in the Balkans and Caucasus.

Ms. Steiner joined CLDP in early 2018 and worked in Afghanistan to support legal reform matters related to the extractives and telecommunications industries, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, customs and international trade law, bankruptcy, and private sector-led economic growth. For her work in Afghanistan, Ms. Steiner received the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal honor award in 2019.

From March 2022 - October 2023, Ms. Steiner was detailed to the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, where she was a member of the Women’s Economic Security team. Ms. Steiner served as the Deputy Director of the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council, the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment, and the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience, all three of which are public-private partnerships focused on expanding women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, employment, and education.

Prior to joining CLDP, Ms. Steiner gained more than twelve years of private, international legal experience. She has advised clients on matters related to copyrights, trademarks and employment law at a boutique law firm in Reston, Virginia. She has practiced at a firm in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for three years, where she performed complex international corporate transactional work for international and domestic clients, in the mining, banking, securities, aircraft leasing, oil & gas, and retail sales industries. And she began her legal career as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Alston & Bird, where her practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, internal and government investigations, and civil litigation related to antitrust issues, export regulations, corporate compliance, anti-corruption, contracts and tort law.

Ms. Steiner received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also served as an editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law (formerly Law & Policy in International Business), and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Florida. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Steiner served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Uzbekistan from 1998 to 2000.  She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Georgia.