Farhad Alavi

Farhad R. Alavi is a Washington, DC-based attorney and Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC, a leading law firm in the field of U.S. sanctions, export controls, customs, and related investigations and white collar defense.

Mr. Alavi has practiced in major international law firms in Washington and Abu Dhabi (UAE).  He has also written and spoken extensively on matters related to international business transactions, U.S. sanctions and export control laws, and Islamic Finance.

Mr. Alavi has been quoted in the Financial Times,  Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Asian Legal Business, and other major publications, has been published in the American Bar Association’s International Lawyer journal, has appeared on BBC World, BBC Persian, China Global Television Network (CGTN), Voice of America (VOA) and others, 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 sanctions and export control matters and has spoken on this topic throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, representing clients from around the US and world on these subjects.

Most recently Mr. Alavi has secured the removal of a company off the U.S. Department of Commerce Entity List, represented clients on a number of civil and criminal investigations in the sanctions and export controls field, and obtained OFAC licenses for a variety of activities.

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 previously served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center.  He is fluent in Persian (Farsi) and Spanish with knowledge of German, Arabic, and Turkish.

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.

e-mail: Farhad[at]ILCommentary[dot]com.