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


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

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)

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)


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

“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)

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

American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Illinois


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


  • 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