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Jason M. Short
New York
800 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 488 1252

Jason Short represents high-net-worth individuals with global business interests in offensive and defensive strategies related to cross-border government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions and related civil litigation spanning the Americas, Asia, Europe and major offshore financial centers.  He has a particular focus on matters involving asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings, where he regularly performs asset stress tests, clean funds analyses and asset tracing and recovery initiatives, often with hundreds of millions of US dollars at stake.

Additionally, Mr. Short has experience representing clients that may be subject to primary or secondary sanctions imposed by U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, as well as other non-U.S. agencies responsible for economic and trade sanctions.  As part of these representations, Mr. Short regularly advises on the legal and financial impact such sanctions designations may have on both business and personal interests, including intrafamily wealth succession and corporate continuity.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Short clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Kaye Scholer LLP.


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • Washington University in Saint Louis, BA


  • Honorable Richard M. Berman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Select Engagements

  • Representation of Jho Low, an international businessman, in global legal affairs arising out of the “1MDB” investigation, which involve criminal charges and civil asset forfeiture proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as additional legal actions from authorities located in Malaysia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and various other nations.
  • Representation of members of a high-net-worth Latin American family in coordinating defensive strategies to preserve assets and conduct “clean funds” analyses of financial holdings in the context of asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Swiss authorities.
  • Representation of a South American high-net-worth individual in criminal investigation and civil asset forfeiture proceedings led by the U.S. Department of Justice, stemming from allegations of money laundering and sanctions violations.
  • Representation of a high-net-worth individual in exploring whistleblower actions alleging money laundering and tax evasion.
  • Representation of an Asia-based high-net-worth individual in undertaking risk assessment of financial holdings, including performing a “stress test” of asset structures, in aid of anticipated asset blocking and forfeiture efforts arising from U.S. sanctions regimes.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Mitigating AML Act Exposure For High-Net-Worth Individuals" (Law360, January 2021)
  • Co-author, “DOJ’s Long Arm Over Latin America: Recent Trends and Future Risks From Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Laws” (Anti-Corruption Report, September 2020)

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