Farhad R. Alavi, Esq. is a Washington, DC-based attorney and Managing Partner at Akrivis Law Group, PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington and New York advising clients on corporate, international business/transactions, energy, and trade regulatory law (such as OFAC sanctions, U.S. Customs, export-control, and anti-corruption laws) as well as trade-related criminal defense. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC).
Mr. Alavi has worked as an attorney in a number of major international law firms in Washington, and in one he was based in that firm’s Washington and Abu Dhabi offices. He has also written and/or spoken extensively on matters related to international business transactions, U.S. sanctions laws on Iran, and Sharia Finance.
Mr. Alavi has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Arabian Business, and other major publications around the world, has been published in the American Bar Association’s International Lawyer journal, has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), the BBC, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, CCTV, BBC Persian, Voice of America Persian, Al Hurra, and has taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on international commercial transactions and U.S. sanctions laws on Iran and broader topics regarding U.S. legal compliance, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Mr. Alavi is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. He holds a LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law from Boston University, a J.D. from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. Mr. Alavi is fluent in Persian (Farsi) and Spanish, and has knowledge of German and Arabic.
A full professional biography is available on the Akrivis Law Group website.