Farhad R. Alavi, Esq. is a Washington, DC-based attorney and Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC, a boutique law firm advising clients on corporate, international business, energy, and trade regulatory law (such as Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, U.S. Customs, export-control regulations, and anti-corruption maters).
Mr. Alavi has worked as an attorney in 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, and Islamic (Shariah-compliant) Finance.
Mr. Alavi has been quoted in the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Asian Legal Business, and other major publications, has been published in the American Bar Association’s International Lawyer journal, has appeared on BBC Persian multiple times, and has taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on international commercial transactions and U.S. sanctions laws. He is internationally recognized on the topic of Iran sanctions matters, and particularly OFAC regulations, representing clients from around the US and world on this topic.
Mr. Alavi is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. He is a member of the Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA) and currently serves on its National Board of Directors.
Mr. Alavi 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. He is a native speaker of English and Persian (Farsi), is fluent in Spanish, and has knowledge of German and Arabic.
Mr. Alavi also administers the US Sanctions website USSanctions.com, a blog on sanctions regulatory matters.
A full professional biography is available on the Akrivis Law Group website.