Leila Babaeva
Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.
Global Regions

Leila Babaeva

Leila Babaeva focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance, internal investigations and transactional due diligence. She represents companies and individuals before U.S. and foreign agencies in connection with transnational criminal investigations, and a variety of other sensitive matters.

Ms. Babaeva regularly manages large-scale cross-border forensic investigations and e-discovery processes, represents individuals before a variety of regulatory agencies and negotiates resolutions of investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and other American and international enforcement authorities. In particular, she has conducted sensitive investigations in Central Asia and Turkey, utilizing her language skills and significant experience in that region to navigate delicate workplace and government authority expectations. In 2015, Global Investigations Review featured Ms. Babaeva as one of the top 100 globally recognized women investigators. More >

Government Experience
  • Legal Extern, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, 2010
  • Legal Extern, Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives, 2009
  • Legal Extern, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., Chairman, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Senate, 2009
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Global Investigations Review: Women in Investigations, 2015
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Co-Chair, Young White Collar Lawyer’s group of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, Washington, D.C.
  • Officer, Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association
  • Georgetown University Law Center Recent Alumni Advisory Council (Board Member)
  • Selected for the 2015 Pathfinder Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • Clerk, The Honorable Senior Judges, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2010 - 2011 
Foreign Languages
  • Azerbaijani
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2010
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 2005