Dale Eppler

… joined Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP in October 2019. His practice focuses on government relations and international economic law.

Dale came to BCR after a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, where he specialized in international economics. During his Foreign Service career, he worked at the U.S. State Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, and at embassies and consulates in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Russia, Argentina, Turkey, Iraq, and Chile, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Foreign Service rank, and served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile from 2014 to 2017. In 2017 and 2018, he was the Director for Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the State Department's Western Hemisphere Bureau, where he managed the U.S. Government's preparation for and participation in the 2018 Summit of the Americas. In 2018 and 2019, he served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, where he was in charge of U.S. policies towards Mexico and Cuba, as well as economic policy across Latin America, and served as the State Department’s director on the board of the North American Development Bank.

His international economic experience includes extensive work on the application and use of economic sanctions, particularly towards Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, and Iran. He was a member of the U.S. team in 1996 that defended the Helms-Burton Act in consultations with the EU, Canada and Mexico, and led the State Department's participation in the 2018 policy process that lifted restrictions on the use of Helms-Burton. He was in charge of U.S. anti-money laundering activities and programs when stationed at U.S. embassies in Russia, Argentina, and Turkey, working directly with their national bank regulators and financial intelligence units. His international negotiation experience includes Intellectual Property Agreements with Nicaragua and Honduras, resolving longstanding investment disputes with Costa Rica, the energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the EU's proposed imposition of carbon emissions taxes on international aviation. He has successfully lobbied to resolve regulatory issues for U.S. companies in Russia, Turkey, Chile, Iraq, and the European Union, and also has aided foreign companies to invest in the U.S. He has developed and run a variety of U.S. foreign assistance programs, ranging from energy and transboundary water programs in Iraq to small business lending in Turkey and loan guarantee programs in the Caribbean.

He speaks fluent Spanish, advanced Russian and basic Turkish.

Dale graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with a certificate in Natural Resources Law, where he also was an editor of the Natural Resources Law Journal. He holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of North Dakota, one in Economics and another in Political Science. He also completed the Principal Officer and Senior Executive Leadership training programs at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and New Mexico.