Don Zarin

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Don Zarin is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's International and Cross Border Transactions Practice Group. He is partner in the International Trade Practice Group and head of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team. Mr. Zarin represents and counsels U.S. and foreign companies on a wide range of international trade and international commercial matters, including multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, antidumping duty proceedings and other trade remedy laws, Customs matters, export control and sanctions issues, U.S. antiboycott laws, and trade legislative issues, as well as overseas joint venture projects and international commercial agreements. He has represented foreign governments on trade policy matters, in treaty negotiations and in the drafting of a Constitution. Mr. Zarin is a leading attorney in the area of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption practices. He was appointed by the Department of Justice to serve for three years as an independent Compliance Monitor in a major FCPA enforcement case. As a Monitor, Mr. Zarin oversaw the worldwide compliance operations and activities of a multinational company. The FCPA Team led by Mr. Zarin recently received an award for its ability to counsel clients on compliance and internal investigations while remaining mindful of their clients' business goals.

Mr. Zarin has represented U.S. and foreign companies and importers in antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations and reviews. He has represented companies in scope rulings; changed circumstances reviews; and Customs-related issues. Mr. Zarin has conducted pre-investigation assessments and analyses for foreign companies. He has assisted companies in preparing International Trade Commission producer and importer questionnaires.

Mr. Zarin also counsels clients on a wide range of export control and sanctions issues. He provides day-to-day legal guidance on matters including the preparation of license applications, requests for advisory opinions and classification rulings, as well as the submission of voluntary disclosures and the drafting of export control and sanctions compliance programs. He also performs training worldwide, conducts compliance audits, undertakes internal investigations and advises companies in export control enforcement matters.
He served in the Department of Commerce, where he handled a myriad of international issues. He has served as an adjunct professor of International Trade Law at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University. Mr. Zarin serves as counsel, on a pro bono basis, to a number of well-known NGOs on international development and humanitarian assistance issues.

Mr. Zarin is well-known in the area of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption practices. He is the author of Doing Business Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a leading textbook on this subject. He has lectured throughout the world on anti-corruption issues, established compliance programs for U.S. and foreign companies, conducted training programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South Asia for U.S. companies and their foreign affiliates, conducted compliance audits, represented companies in enforcement investigations, conducted numerous internal investigations around the world regarding potential corruption issues, and issued numerous legal opinions for U.S. companies on FCPA and local law corruption issues.

In 2015, Mr. Zarin took a one-year sabbatical from Holland & Knight to work as a volunteer in Kenya for Mercy Corps, a nongovernmental organization. As a volunteer, Mr. Zarin advised Mercy Corps Kenya and worked with local counsel on a range of legal issues in Kenya and other East African countries. He participated in strategic planning activities for Mercy Corps Kenya. He assisted, advised and mentored small business youth entrepreneurs in the western and central regions of Kenya. Mr. Zarin conducted business training to small businesses in Uganda and interviewed beneficiaries of a development project in southern Ethiopia for a video documenting the success of the project. He also conducted a market assessment of a development project in Turkana, Kenya. In addition, Mr. Zarin served as a guest lecturer on corruption at Strathmore University Law School, wrote an op-ed article on corruption in a leading Kenyan newspaper and gave a speech on corruption at the annual Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) conference in Abuja, Nigeria.


  • Pan African Lawyers Union
  • Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics
  • American Bar Association, International Anti-Corruption Committee
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on International Standards for Corrupt Practices
  • Washington Foreign Law Society