Licensed to practice law in Louisiana only.

    Pablo E. Carrillo served as Chief of Staff to US Senator John McCain, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former US presidential candidate. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative and congressional oversight strategy.

    Pablo also served as Minority General Counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he advised the Ranking Member and other Republican Senators on the defense authorization bill and the Minority’s oversight and investigative activities, as well as defense acquisition and contracting policy. He was the lead Republican staff member in developing the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, a major piece of bipartisan legislation on how the Pentagon procures major weapon systems, and helped reform the national security space launch program to open it to commercial new entrants.

    At the firm, Pablo advises and advocates the interests of clients on business matters relating to defense and national security before federal agencies, including the Pentagon, the Department of the Treasury and the Export-Import Bank of the US; assists clients with investigative inquiries by Congress; advises venture-backed start-up companies in doing business with the federal government; and frequently lectures on related policy issues. During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Pablo helped clients navigate small business relief programs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act).

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    Education

    • Tulane University Law School, J.D.
    • Tulane University, B.A.

    Admissions

    • Louisiana, 1997

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Executive-in-Residence, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Geneva, Switzerland)
    • Board Member, R Street Institute
    • Strategic Policy Advisor, Silicon Valley Defense Working Group
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    • Co-author, “Attention: Commercial Startups: Major DoD Announcements Regarding ‘Adaptive Acquisition Framework’ and Support for Emerging Tech,” Capital Thinking blog, October 2020.
    • Co-author, “COVID-19 – SBA and Treasury Issue PPP Loan Forgiveness Application: Many Technical Questions Are Resolved but Additional Guidance Is Needed,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, May 2020.
    • Co-author, “COVID-19 – The Small Business Administration Publishes Helpful Guidance Regarding Its New ‘Economic Necessity’ Certification Requirement for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, May 2020.
    • Co-author, “COVID-19 – Updated Guidance in Securing CARES Act Stimulus Funding for Small Businesses,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, April 2020.
    • Co-author, “Recently-Released Cybersecurity Verification Mandate Creates Uncertainty for Department of Defense Suppliers,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, March 2020.
    • Co-author, “COVID-19 – Many Venture-backed Startups May be Precluded From Small Business Relief Under the CARES Act,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, March 2020.
    • Co-author, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Relief Opportunities for Small Business,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, March 2020.
    • Co-author, “Many Venture-Backed Startups May Be Precluded from Small Business Relief Under the CARES Act,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, March 2020.
    • Co-author, “New Provisions in Defense Authorization Act Relating to the Production on Demand of Cost and Pricing Data by Commercial Suppliers,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, January 2020.
    • Author, “The Game Is Afoot – A Survey of Congressional Interest in Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Related Technologies,” Squire Patton Boggs Insights, August 2019.
    • Author, “Closing the Gap Between the Pentagon and Innovators,” The Hill, January 27, 2018.
    • Author, “Commercial Dual-Use Technologies in Defense Acquisition Reform,” R Street Institute, December 2017.

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