Abby Cotterill is Of Counsel in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office. Abby regularly provides legal advice to companies, financial institutions, and private equity sponsors on the regulatory and other risks of operating or investing across international borders.

Abby focuses her practice on international trade and anticorruption compliance and investigations. She has broad experience on matters involving the economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the export controls administered under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and anticorruption compliance counseling in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Abby routinely advises clients on economic sanctions, export controls, and anticorruption risk assessments, designs and tests international trade and anticorruption compliance programs, conducts third party due diligence, performs internal compliance audits and investigations, and represents clients in front of OFAC, BIS, DDTC, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Her experience extends across industry sectors (e.g., energy, technology, industrials, airline, and finance) and geographies (e.g., Asia, Latin America, and Africa).

She is an active member of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.


Thought Leadership


Abigail E. Cotterill, Mario Mancuso P.C., Sanjay José Mullick, and Anthony Rapa, “Cos. Must Prepare For Toughening Russia Sanctions,” Law360 (2018). 

Timothy P. O’Toole and Abigail E. Cotterill, U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions Risks in the Manufacturing Supply Chain, The Export Compliance Manager’s Handbook, World ECR (2017).

Larry E. Christensen and Abigail E. Cotterill, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions: Counterterrorism, Nonproliferation, National Security, and the Foreign Policy of the United States, National Security Law and Policy 3d. ed., John N. Moore, Guy B. Roberts, and Robert F. Turner, eds., Carolina Academic Press (2015).

Speaking Engagements

"2018 US Export Controls Year-in-Review," ABA Section of International Law (February 14, 2019).

“2017 Sanctions Year in Review,” ABA Section of International Law (February 22, 2018).

“Crossing the Line: The Law of War and Cyber Engagement,” ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting (April 27, 2017).


Recognized for International Trade by The Legal 500 United States, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee

American Bar Association Section of International Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012District of Columbia
  • 2011Connecticut


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.2011
  • Yale UniversityB.A., Anthropologycum laude2007