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 the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and head of the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department. Her practice includes representing audit committees, boards of directors, and companies in internal, government, and international financial institution audits, investigations, and enforcement matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and other compliance issues. Ms. Low is recognized by Chambers market commentators for her “incredible technical proficiency, spectacular advocacy skills, and cultural know-how.” She has particular authority in matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and other international business compliance issues. According to Chambers, clients concur that Ms. Low is "very impressive" and credit her with "an attention to detail that is second to none."

In the FCPA/anti-corruption realm, Ms. Low helps clients develop and implement customized compliance programs tailored to their business risks that meet regulatory expectations, assists with due diligence in M&A and other transactions, provides risk-mitigation and risk assessment strategy, conducts internal investigations, and defends clients in government investigation and enforcement matters, including multijurisdictional investigations. 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 leads Steptoe’s Brazil-specific initiative incorporating a focus on FCPA/anti-corruption compliance and enforcement work.  Ms. Low’s FCPA/anti-corruption experience includes extensive work in Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as several Caribbean countries.

As a complement to her practice, Ms. Low 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 the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International – USA), 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 is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has lived in Brazil on two separate occasions. 


  • Band 1, Chambers USA, International Trade: FCPA Experts (Nationwide), 2010-2017
  • Chambers Global, International Trade: FCPA Experts (US), 2010-2018 (Band 1); Fraud and Corporate Investigations (Latin America), 2016-2018
  • 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