Abdus Samad Pardesi is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Samad is a versatile enforcement lawyer, with a particular focus on anti-corruption compliance, employee fraud, and international risk counseling. Samad also has substantial experience litigating complex commercial disputes.

Samad has handled numerous internal and government-facing investigations for public and private companies in a variety of industries and in multiple countries. These matters implicate a wide array of issues, including bribery/corruption, financial fraud, employee embezzlement, healthcare fraud, improper sales and trade practices, and more. 

Samad also advises global companies of all sizes on proactively building out their compliance programs. He works closely with his clients to design and implement tailored policies, trainings, third party controls, and risk assessments. In 2018, The National Law Journal named Samad as a White Collar Crime Trailblazer, highlighting his work on risk assessments and third-party management in particular. 

As a commercial litigator, Samad focuses on deal and transaction litigation, including claims centering on fraud, fiduciary duty, indemnification, and other post-closing disputes. 

Samad is also deeply committed to pro bono work, with an emphasis on assisting refugees and other asylum-seekers obtain relief in the United States. He has handled numerous such matters, earning the Rising Star award in 2016 from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Samad also serves on NIJC’s Board. 


Thought Leadership


Kim Nemirow, Abdus Samad Pardesi and Taryn Lewis “CARES Act enforcement risks and compliance best practices,” IFLR Correspondent, April 21, 2020

"Q&A: Localising a Global Compliance Programme," Financier Worldwide Magazine, February 2020

"Understanding and Mitigating Sub-Party Risk," The Anti-Corruption Report, October 2, 2019

"INSIGHT: World Bank-Financed Projects—Tips for Successful Participation," Bloomberg Law, October 1, 2019

"Walmart Finally Settles for $282M and a Monitor," The Anti-Corruption Report, July 10, 2019

"DOJ Outlines New Approach to Corporate Compliance Monitorships," Kirkland Alert, October 19, 2018

"Second Circuit Draws a Line in the Sand: DOJ Cannot Use the Conspiracy and Complicity Statutes to Expand the FCPA's Extraterritorial Reach," Kirkland Alert, August 28, 2018

Kim B. Nemirow, Abdus Samad Pardesi and Christina Dahlman, “Eight Steps to Take When Installing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program at a Smaller Company,” The Anti-Corruption Report, June 27, 2018

"Bidding for Business," IFLR, April 2018

"DOJ Solidifies and Sharpens FCPA Enforcement Guidance," Law.com, December 14, 2017

Kim B. Nemirow, William J. Stuckwisch and Abdus Samad Pardesi, “5 Takeaways from the Largest FCPA Resolution,” Law360, September 28, 2017

John Sorkin, Michael Pilo and Samad Pardesi, “Court More Likely to Equate Deal Price with Fair Value Following Appropriate Sales Process,” International Law Office, May 10, 2017

Asheesh Goel, Samad Pardesi and Charlie Zagnoli, “The Next Best Thing,” Latin Lawyer, April 20, 2016

Zachary Brez and Samad Pardesi, “Interesting Times Ahead For CFIUS And Foreign Investors,” Law360, March 17, 2016

Doug Hallward-Driemeier, John Bueker, Samad Pardesi and Saqib Hussain, “Supreme Court’s FCA Ruling May Prove a Big Defense Win,” Corporate Counsel, August 20, 2015

Laura Hoey, Samad Pardesi and Deanna Foster, “MedTech Europe Calls for the End of Direct Sponsorship,” Bloomberg BNA Medical Devices & Law Industry Report, January 21, 2015

James Dowden and Samad Pardesi, “How Esquenazi Will Play Out In Emerging Economies,” Law360, October 27, 2014


"Managing Distributor Compliance Training," Life Science Ethics & Compliance Training, June 6, 2019

“The FCPA’s Influence on the Enactment and Enforcement of Global Anti-bribery Laws,” FCPA@40 Conference, February 21, 2018

"What the SEC & DOJ Expect From You: Latest Updates on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, and Dodd-Frank," Illinois CPA Society Fraud and Forensic Half-Day Virtual Conference, October 24, 2017

“M&A Disputes — When Good Deals Go Bad,” Fraud and Forensic Symposium, October 21, 2015

“Law Firm Economics,” Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms’ Law Firm Boot Camp, February 23, 2013 and February 22, 2014

“Rule 4.2: Recent Developments on the No-Contact Rule," Chicago Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Malpractice, May 1, 2012


Best Casework Team Award — International Refugee Assistance Project (2019)

White Collar Crime Trailblazer — The National Law Journal (2018)

Rising Star — National Immigrant Justice Center (2016)

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Law360's 2019 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board

Board Member, National Immigrant Justice Center, 2017–Present


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Illinois


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


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of LawJ.D.2009

    Publishing Editor, California Law Review

    Supervising Editor, Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law

    Trial Team

  • Georgetown UniversityB.A.magna cum laude2006

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Leader of the Year, 2005