• J.D.
    The George Washington University Law School
  • M.A.
    George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
  • B.A.
    University of South Carolina Honors College
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
French, Spanish

Saskia Zandieh's practice focuses on investigations, corporate compliance, and white collar defense, primarily involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Ms. Zandieh brings her native French, her fluency in Spanish, and her past experience living and working in Argentina, Costa Rica, France, and the United States to a practice that consistently requires language skills and cultural sensitivities.

During her time at Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Zandieh has served as the lead associate on an FCPA Monitorship team and on an Independent Examiner team for a bank participating in the DOJ Program for Swiss banks.  

She has managed and served as the lead associate on numerous FCPA investigations, including on investigations that were before U.S. and foreign enforcement authorities.  Through the course of her investigations work, Ms. Zandieh has made voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), interviewed over 70 individuals (many in Spanish or French), prepared numerous witnesses to be interviewed by the agencies, advocated for clients before the agencies, and briefed senior management, boards of directors, and external auditors.

Ms. Zandieh has also conducted due diligence and compliance assessments, and she frequently provides compliance and transactional advice to companies.  In addition, she has developed anti-corruption and anti-fraud policies, including for organizations operating in some of the mostly high corruption-risk countries in the world.

Ms. Zandieh has held several officer positions on the International Bar Association (IBA) Anti-Corruption Committee, she is the Co-Chair of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) Anti-Corruption and Corporate Social Responsibility Program Section, and she is an active member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC).

Ms. Zandieh is a frequent speaker on anti-corruption-related issues both at conferences and to the press.  Among others, she has spoken at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC and been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters (interviewed in French), and Latin America Corporate Counsel

Ms. Zandieh is passionate about giving back to those in need through the provision pro bono legal services.  She has successfully represented several individuals who applied for asylum in the United States and a tenant in a landlord-tenant matter that was settled through arbitration.  She has also provided FCPA compliance advice to several large non-profits.

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Zandieh worked for the World Bank’s Legal Vice-Presidency and as an attorney for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

  • Latinvex Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers: FCPA & Fraud, 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade - Regulations & Rulings, 2009-2010
  • Co-Chair, Anti-Corruption and Corporate Social Responsibility Program Section, The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
  • Website Officer, Anti-Corruption Committee, International Bar Association
  • Member, French American Chamber of Commerce
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Speaking Engagement

Barbara D. Linney and Saskia Zandieh will present, "Secondary Sanctions: Sometimes a Primary Concern?," at the WorldECR Export Controls & Sanctions Forum 2018 in London on June 28-29, 2018.

London, U.K.

Speaking Engagement

Matteson Ellis and Saskia Zandieh will present during the International Bar Association's (IBA) 16th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference on June 13, 2018, in Paris, France.

Paris, France

Speaking Engagement

Saskia Zandieh will be speaking during the "The Exchange" Compliance and Ethics Forum, presented by Today's General Counsel, on May 15, 2018.

Washington, DC


In this article, Barbara Linney and Saskia Zandieh discuss the extraterritorial application of U.S.