James George Jatras
James George Jatras is a specialist in international relations, government affairs, and legislative
politics. Prior to joining Squire Sanders in 2007, he was a partner with another Washington DCbased
law firm. Before entering the private sector he served for many years (1985-2002) as a
policy adviser and analyst for the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate; before that (1979-
1985), he was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, with service in
Mexico and in Soviet affairs and public diplomacy.
Since entering the private sector in 2002, Jatras’s work has spanned a range of legislative and
political issues and international affairs, including matters related to foreign policy, international
security, human rights, public diplomacy, immigration, international trade and finance, and the
global terror risk environment. His international experience includes work relevant to Belgium,
Canada, China, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Mexico,
Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and
Yemen. He has also advocated in the legislative process for numerous clients in diverse areas
such as appropriations, healthcare, tax, energy (including renewable), pharmaceuticals and
cosmetics, immigration, security services, transportation, bioterrorism, and criminal defense.
Jatras is a frequent speaker, panelist and seminar participant on numerous topics. He has made
numerous media appearances on behalf of his clients and is a frequent contributor to print and
online publications, both in the United States and abroad. He writes and speaks on FATCA
from a legislative and political perspective and has established the site www.repealfatca.com .
He holds a J.D. from Georgetown (1978) and a BA from Penn State (1974). He is a member of
the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.