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Sheila L. Shadmand

Partner-in-Charge Dubai


(T) +971.4.709.8408
(F) +971.4.709.8499


  • University of Virginia (J.D. 1998; Managing Board, Virginia Journal of International Law); Mary Washington College (B.A. 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Sheila Shadmand is the Partner-in-Charge of the Dubai Office, leads the Firm's Global Disputes and International Investigations practices in the Middle East, is one of the only U.S.-qualified lawyers resident in Dubai who has defended clients before the DOJ and SEC, and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts. Over her 20 years of practice, she has represented several of the Firm's largest clients in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and investigative matters.

Sheila has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous high-value ICC, LCIA, and DIAC arbitrations and as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. She was lead counsel in International Electro-Mechanical v. Al Fattan, which set the often-cited pro-arbitration foundational precedent in the DIFC Courts. In addition, Sheila counsels multinational companies on compliance with FCPA, anti-money laundering, anti-boycott, and sanctions laws and defends companies facing enforcement by U.S. agencies, including the DOJ, SEC, and OFAC. She has led and defended investigations into such matters in more than 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia (MEASA) region.

Sheila is recognized as a leading disputes and investigations lawyer for several years running in Chambers, The Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in the UAE. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and a number of other news-related broadcasts and print media in connection with her work. Sheila is a member of the DIFC Courts Users Committee Rules Subcommittee, the DIFC Academy of Law, and is a member of an advisory board of the Dubai Judicial Institute.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized in The Legal 500 (2014, 2017) as a lawyer who "knows how to navigate the law — and people — to get results"

    Ranked Band 1 in the UAE by Chambers Global for corporate investigations and as a leading individual in dispute resolution in the UAE (2015, 2017) as being "refreshing in terms of her approachability and clear way of explaining the situation"


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Sheila Shadmand