Areas of Practice
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
Practice-Specific Experience
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Pomona College, B.A., 1973
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia

Lucinda A. Low

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
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 firm's Management Committee and head of the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department.  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, now known as the Coalition for Integrity, and also a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law.  She is President of the American Society of International Law and a former Chair of the ABA Section 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.


  • Band 1, Chambers USA, International Trade: FCPA Experts (Nationwide), 2010-2017
  • Chambers Global, International Trade: FCPA Experts (US), 2010-2017 (Band 1); Fraud and Corporate Investigations (Latin America), 2016-2017
  • Chambers Latin America, Corporate Crime & Investigations: Latin America-wide, 2016-2018
  • Global Investigations Review, "Outstanding Career Award," 2017
  • Global Investigations Review, "Women in Investigations: One Hundred Investigation Specialists from Around the World," 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in AmericaInternational Arbitration: Governmental and International Trade and Finance Law, 2001-2018
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, International, 2013-2017
  • Latinvex, Top 100 Female Lawyers, 2017
  • The Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: International Trade, 2016-2017
  • The Legal 500 US, Litigation: International Trade, 2012
  • The Legal 500 US, Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2015
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to Women in Business Law, 2013, 2015
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers, 2015
  • 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, 2005 – 2008.  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

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Professional Affiliations

  • Arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators, ICSID, 2017-2023
  • Presidential appointee, Panel of Conciliators, ICSID, 2016-2022
  • President, ICSID tribunal panel in UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Zagrebačka Banka d.d. v. Republic of Croatia (ARB/16/31), 2017
  • Arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • Board of Directors, Coalition for Integrity (formerly Transparency International - USA)
  • President, American Society of International Law, 2016-present
  • Advisory Committee on International Law, US Secretary of State, 2002-2010, 2012-present
  • Advisory Board, Global Anti-Corruption, American Conference Institute
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair, Working Group on Corruption and Money Laundering, Inter-American Bar Association, 2000-2010
  • Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law Board, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2010
  • Inter-American Bar Association, 1998-2008