Zahid N. Quraishi is Chair of Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and the Firm's Chief Diversity Officer. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation.
Zahid has extensive experience representing clients with government enforcement and compliance issues involving potential criminal charges. He regularly manages complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of corporations, and their officers, directors, and employees. Zahid has represented both companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations involving violations of securities law, healthcare fraud, money laundering, computer crimes, environmental statutes, public corruption, and tax laws among other white collar areas of law. His practice also has extended to representing both corporations and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Zahid provides leadership in advancing the Firm’s diversity and inclusion values, and assumes overall responsibility for accomplishing its diversity and inclusion goals.
Before joining Riker, Zahid served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for over five years. He tried numerous federal criminal cases involving public corruption, financial fraud, perjury, firearms and narcotics offenses within the Special Prosecutions Division and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Government Fraud Units of the Criminal Division.
Zahid’s government service and prosecutorial experience extends well beyond his years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He previously represented the United States as an Assistant Chief Counsel and trial attorney with the Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a military prosecutor and achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In the Army, Zahid was assigned to the First Infantry Division stationed in Germany and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006 before he was honorably discharged.
Earlier in his career, Zahid worked as a litigation associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP and clerked for the Honorable Edwin H. Stern, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey - Appellate Division (retired).
Zahid currently serves as a Trustee for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and also previously served as a Trustee for both the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and the United States Attorney’s Office Alumni Association (DNJ).
Since 2018, he has been recognized in his legal field as one of the country’s leading white collar lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, and “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Zahid received Rutgers APALSA’s alumni award for leadership and service in the profession in 2017. In 2014, shortly after entering private practice at Riker Danzig, he was named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal.
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Zahid received his law degree from Rutgers Law School - Newark where he was the Managing Business Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal and a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board.
- November 15, 2018 - Meadowlands Seminar - Criminal Law program - Federal Practice (East Rutherford, NJ)
- March 29, 2018 - Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey’s 42nd Annual Judicial Conference - Navigating Corporate Internal Investigations: Perspectives from the Company, Private Counsel, and the Government (West Orange, NJ)
- January 11, 2018 - Inspector General Academy - Public Corruption Investigations: A Defense Perspective (South Carolina)
- December 6, 2017 - New York City Bar Association - NJ Criminal Trial Practice (New York City)
- August 23, 2017 – New Jersey State Bar Association - Ethical Decision-Making at Every Stage of Litigation (New Brunswick, NJ)
- August 10, 2017 – Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy - Public Corruption Investigations Training Program: A Defense Perspective (Tampa, FL)
- April 28, 2017 – New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar - Prosecuting and Defending Public Officials: Lessons from the Bridgegate Investigation and Trial (Atlantic City, NJ)
- April 27, 2017 – New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar - Speedy Trial and Excludable Time: Practical and Constitutional Concerns When Defendants Are Incarcerated (Atlantic City, NJ)