Areas of Practice
- Anti-Money Laundering
- Business and Human Rights
- Crisis Management
- Economic Sanctions
- Export Controls
- International Arbitration
- International Regulation & Compliance
- UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1977
- Pomona College, B.A., 1973
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Lucinda A. Low
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8051
FAX: +1 202 429 3902
Lucinda A. Low is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the International Department, heads the firm’s FCPA practice, and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on US and international anti-corruption laws, advising clients on matters ranging from preventive work to representation in internal investigations and enforcement matters worldwide. She is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international conventions from the OECD, OAS, United Nations, and European Union.
Ms. Low’s FCPA practice includes internal compliance program development and implementation for multinational companies, including establishing workable compliance policies and procedures; training for company management and employee personnel; benchmarking and auditing programs for best practices and effectiveness; due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, third-party relationships, and other transactions; developing risk-mitigation strategies; conducting internal investigations, audits, and risk assessments; dealing with parallel proceedings; opinions and expert testimony; and representing clients before enforcement agencies and bodies, such as the SEC, the US Department of Justice, and other authorities. Her clients include companies, boards of directors, individuals, and other professional firms.
Ms. Low’s practice also includes legal advice and counsel in other international regulatory compliance areas, such as export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws. In addition, Ms. Low has represented companies in World Bank investigations, audits, and sanctions proceedings in cases involving anti-corruption rules in World Bank-financed projects. She also has significant experience in investment disputes between foreign investors and host governments, and commercial arbitration, including serving as counsel, arbitrator, and an expert witness.
Ms. Low also assists in the creation and supervision of the International Law Guides, a web-accessible compliance tool designed to provide corporate subscribers and their employees with detailed information on local anti-corruption laws around the globe.
Ms. Low is a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International - USA, and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law. She is a former Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, and former Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law. She was the 2003 recipient of the William Ray Vallance Award presented by the Inter-American Bar Foundation, presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward improving the law and jurisprudence of the Western Hemisphere.
Ms. Low graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. She was an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law in 1993 and at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1987 and 1989.
- Ranked in Band 1, Chambers Global 2010-2014, International Trade: FCPA Experts (US)
- Ranked in Band 1, Chambers USA 2010-2014, International Trade: FCPA Experts (Nationwide)
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012-2014, International Arbitration: Governmental and International Trade and Finance Law
- Listed, Washington, DC Super Lawyers, International, 2014
- Recommended, Legal 500 US 2012; International Trade
- Recognized, Euromoney's Expert Guide to Women in Business Law, 2013
- Named to Ethisphere’s Attorneys Who Matter Hall of Fame 2012
- Served as arbitrator appointed by the United States in The Canadian Cattlemen for Fair Trade (CCFT) v. The United States of America, a multi-million dollar, multiple-claim UNCITRAL arbitration arising under the NAFTA. In addition to Ms. Low, James L. Bacchus and Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel served on the Tribunal.
- Chair, ABA Section of International Law & Practice, 1996-1997
Select News & Events
- Managing Bribery and Corruption Risks in China, July 15, 2014, (Co-sponsored by Steptoe and Control Risks)
- Practical Review of Global Corruption Investigations Involving China, ACI's 7th China Summit on Anti-Corruption, June 17, 2014
- Steptoe Receives 20 Practice, 59 Individual Mentions in Chambers USA 2014
- Addressing the Unique Corruption Risks of Bidding for Government Contracts and Large Procurement Projects, ACI's 4th Latin American Summit on Anti-Corruption, May 15, 2014
- Year in Review and Enforcement Trends, PLI's 2014 FCPA and International Anti-Corruption Developments Conference, May 1, 2014
- Washington, DC Super Lawyers Recognizes 59 Steptoe Attorneys
- Anti-Corruption in Brazil: Practical Challenges and Promising Strategies, The Washington Foreign Law Society, April 17, 2014
- GIR Quotes Lucinda Low on OECD Report on Chile's Anti-Bribery Efforts
- Roundtable Discussion with Enforcement Officials and Defense Counsel, Recent Trends in FCPA Investigations, Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance, New York City Bar, April 2, 2014
- Steptoe Receives 11 Practice, 31 Individual Mentions in Chambers Global 2014
- Law360 Features Lucinda Low in Female Powerbrokers Q&A
- Wall Street Journal Quotes Lucinda Low on FCPA Protections in M&A Deals
- Co-author, Research Handbook on International Energy LawEdited by Kim Talus, Professor of European Law, University of Eastern Finland Elgar
- Board of Directors, Transparency International - USA
- Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law, 2002-2010
- Global Anti-Corruption Advisory Board for the American Conference Institute
- International Bar Association
- Inter-American Bar Association, 1998-2008; Chair, Working Group on Corruption and Money Laundering, 2000-2010
- Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law Board, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2010
- American Bar Association