Areas of Practice
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999; Articles Editor, Law Review, Vol. 147, 1998-1999; Member, Moot Court Board, 1998-1999
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Arts, History & Foreign Affairs, 1993; Editor in Chief, The Cavalier Daily, 1992-1993
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Daniel Restrepo
Special Counsel
Suite 600
499 S Capitol St SW
Washington, D.C. 20003
202.203.1078 tel
202.203.0000 fax

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Dan Restrepo has worked on behalf of a wide-range of clients including multinational media and technology companies, independent energy producers, private equity funds, major consumer products companies, major infrastructure companies, and global law firms, among others. He is also a regular conference speaker and an on-air contributor for CNN Español.  

For nearly six years and through two presidential campaigns, Mr. Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from March 2009 to July 2012 and as an advisor to Obama for America in 2008 and 2012. He also served as a principal Spanish-language media surrogate for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns. He managed the development and implementation of U.S. national and homeland security, economic, energy, and trade policy related to the Western Hemisphere and was responsible for managing the President's participation in 30 bilateral meetings, two Summits of the Americas, two North American Leaders’ Summits, three trips to Mexico, and a trip to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador.  

Earlier in his career, Mr. Restrepo was an associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, DC where he engaged in all aspects of high-stakes, civil and criminal investigations and litigation. He also worked as an attorney for the Florida Democratic Party during the 2000 election recount and served as the Research Director for the Florida Democratic Coordinated Campaign during the 2000 general election.

In addition, Mr. Restrepo created and directed The Americas Project—focused on Latin America and the role of Hispanics in the United States, their future and the implications for public policy—at the Center for American Progress. Joining the Center shortly after it was established Mr. Restrepo helped stand up its government and external relations department and served as Deputy Counsel, drafting and reviewing contracts, conducting compliance review of publications, and assessing conformity of activities to governing tax and election laws.