Asheesh Goel is a partner in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. He is co-head of the Firm’s Government Enforcement Defense and Internal Investigations Group and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Asheesh focuses his practice on securities enforcement matters, including internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement actions. Over his career, Asheesh has developed substantial depth advising clients on enforcement matters and transactional issues involving securities fraud, anti-corruption and anti-bribery, accounting fraud, insider trading, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, and financial statement and disclosure.

As noted recently in Chambers & Partners USA, Asheesh “is recognized for his ‘very insightful’ experience in advising clients” and “has a brilliant mind for identifying issues and has a great ability to present those matters in a way that cuts the complexity down.” Chambers USA has further noted that he is “very thorough and strategic in the way he thinks with a very sharp and well-developed legal mind.”

Chambers & Partners Global has noted “peers are impressed with the strategic approach of Asheesh Goel,” “deep regulatory experience sees him regularly handling cross-border securities enforcement matters and FCPA issues” and that “[c]lients highlight his ‘great industry knowledge’” and also praise his diplomatic manner, calling him “a master of handling difficult conversations.”

Asheesh’s development of innovative risk management and mapping tools has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Asheesh also teaches a class at the University of Chicago Law School entitled, “International Risks in Cross-Border Transactions.”

Prior to joining Kirkland, Asheesh was the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Asheesh also held the position of branch chief with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, where he spearheaded numerous high-profile investigations and litigation involving financial statement and disclosure fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, investment advisory fraud and other potential violations of the securities laws. During his tenure at the SEC, Asheesh received three Special Act Awards for exemplary work on investigations and litigation.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “The Next Best Thing,” Latin Lawyer (April 2016)

Co-author, “The Intent Element for Gatekeepers Under the FCPA: Is It All but Gone?” Bloomberg BNA's Corporate Law & Accountability Report (July 2014)

Co-author, “Comparing Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the U.K. and U.S.” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Counsel Weekly (May 2014)

Co-author, “A New Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement Paradigm: Questions & Lessons From JPMorgan’s Deferred Prosecution,” Bloomberg BNA's White Collar Crime Report (February 2014)

Co-author, International Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement Trends and Developments (2013)

Asheesh Goel, International Anti-Bribery and Corruption Trends and Developments (2012)

Co-author, “Securities Fraud Enforcement (Without the Fraud): The Rise of Negligent Securities Fraud Under §§ 17(a)(2) and (3) of the 1933 Securities Act,” Securities Regulation & Law Report (March 2012)

Co-author, “U.K. escalates anti-corruption efforts,” The National Law Journal (March 2010)

Co-author, “The Modern Realities of the FCPA,” SecuritiesLaw360 (February 2009)


Presenter, FCPA Transactional Issues, Practicing Law Institute's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments (April 2018)

Session Chair, Updates in Securities Litigation and Enforcement, DOJ and SEC Hot Topics, 35th Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, Northwestern University Law School (May 2015)

Presenter, Co-Investor Issues, Practicing Law Institute’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments (May 2015)

Moderator, "FCPA Update," White Collar Crime 2014: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak, New York NY (September 2014)

Panelist, “Global Financial Crisis Five Years Later: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead,” South Asian Bar Association (June 2014)

Panelist, “FCPA for Auditors and Accountants,” American Conference Institute, Chicago, Illinois (June 2014)

Chair, “Securities Enforcement and Regulation in Chicago,” Association of SEC Alumni, Midwest Chapter, Chicago, Illinois (April 2014)

Co-Chair, “FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry,” American Conference Institute, New York, New York (April 2014)

Panelist, “Controlling Bribery Risks When Interacting with Influential Local Decision-Makers, FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry,” American Conference Institute, New York, New York (April 2014)

Panelist, “Strengthening FCPA Internal Accounting Controls Amid a Higher Enforcement Environment: How to Ensure that Your Books and Records Meet SEC Expectations,” Chicago FCPA Boot Camp, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL (June 2013)

Panelist, “Internal Investigations,” Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe’s General Counsel’s Conference (June 2013)

Panelist, “Anti-Corruption Update,” Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. General Counsel’s Conference (May 2013)

Panelist, “Anti-Corruption Update,” The Blackstone Group LP General Counsel’s Conference (November 2012)

Moderator, “Maintaining Effective FCPA Internal Controls,” 15th FCPA Boot Camp, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL (June 2012)

Guest Lecturer, “Professional Responsibility Issues that Arise in International Bribery Investigations,” (March 2012)

Panelist, “Tiptoeing through the Minefields: Effective Advocacy and Maximizing Cooperation Credit,” 2011 ABA National Institute on FCPA, Washington, DC (October 2011)

Panelist, “Navigating Today’s Enforcement Environment,” Northwestern Law’s 50th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Chicago, IL (October 2011)

Panelist, “The FCPA Year in Review: Update on Recent FCPA Investigations, Settlements and Whistleblower Enforcement under the Dodd-Frank Act,” 12th FCPA Book Camp, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL (June 2011)

Panelist, “Year in Review and Enforcement Trends,” The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2011, Practising Law Institute (May 2011)

Panelist, “Developments in Litigation and Enforcement,” 31st Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute (April 2011)

Panelist, Emerging Risks for Cross-Border Business: Strategies for Evolving Multinational Liabilities, Chicago, IL (April 2011)

Faculty Member, Trace Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation Program, Intermediary Level Seminar on Anti-Corruption Risk for Private Equity Firms Dealing with Sovereign Wealth Funds (February 2011)

Panelist, Conducting Effective Due Diligence, The American Bar Association’s Third Annual National Institute on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Washington DC, (October 2010)

Moderator, “Master Class on Conducting an Internal FCPA Investigation,” American Conference Institute, Conference on FCPA and Anti-Corruption for Life Science Companies, New York, NY (May 2010)

Panel Presentation, “FCPA: Focus on Recent Trends and New Techniques in FCPA Enforcement,” Practising Law Institute (April 2010)

Panelist, “Designing a State of the Art Life Sciences Compliance Programme,” Anti-Corruption for Pharma and Life Sciences, London, England (May 2009)

Panelist, “Utilizing Internal Audits to Uncover Anti-Corruption Violations Before an Investigation Occurs,” FCPA and International Anti-Corruption for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries, New York, NY (April 2009)

Panelist, “FCPA and Investigative Due Diligence,” Law Bulletin’s White Collar Crime & Corporate Governance Conference, Chicago, IL (January 2009)

Panelist, “Foreign Corrupt Practices in South Asia,” North American South Asian Bar Association Conference, Chicago, IL (June 2008)


Chambers GlobalThe World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013–2021)

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014–2021)

The Legal 500 United States (2019–2021)

Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star (2015, 2019–2021)

Crain’s Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law (2019–2020)

Crain’s Notable Gen X Leaders in Law (2019)

The Best Lawyers in America (2019)

Illinois Super Lawyers (2012–2017)

The Legal 500 Latin America (2016) 

Latinvex, Top 100 Lawyers in Latin America (2016) 

India Business Law Journal, Significant Player in India (2014–2015)

Lawyers of Color, Power List (2014)

Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2011)

The Chicago Daily Bulletin, “40 Under 40 Lawyers to Watch (2008)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, American Red Cross Chicago Chapter

Dean’s Advisory Board, University of Illinois College of Law

Lecturer In Law, University of Chicago Law School

Board Member, Chicago Bar Foundation (2016)

Regional Chairman, Association of SEC Alumni (ASECA) (2014–2015)

Past President, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area

Past Member, Merit Selection Committee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007District of Columbia
  • 1995Illinois


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude1995
    Associate Editor, University of Illinois Law Review
  • University of IllinoisB.S., Financewith Highest Distinction1992

    University and College Honors