Nili Moghaddam represents corporations and individuals in investigations, litigation, and other criminal and civil enforcement matters.


Ms. Moghaddam joined Skadden after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the firm, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2014. During her tenure with the Department of Justice, Ms. Moghaddam handled numerous cases related to racketeering and financial crimes, including money laundering, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, structuring and identity theft. Highlights of her experience at the U.S. Attorney’s office include:

  • prosecuting 17 defendants charged with structuring nearly $9 million in proceeds related to a pharmaceutical diversion scheme;
  • prosecuting 43 defendants charged with RICO conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, money laundering and violent crimes in aid of racketeering;
  • obtaining and successfully defending on appeal a conviction for RICO, narcotics conspiracy and violent crimes in aid of racketeering, which resulted in a published decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and
  • prosecuting nine defendants for provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

In 2013, Ms. Moghaddam received the "California Lawyer of the Year" award from California Lawyer magazine, which annually recognizes attorneys whose work has had a significant impact on the law, an industry or the legal profession. In 2016, she was named one of the "Most Influential Minority Lawyers" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

In addition, in recognition of her achievements as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Moghaddam was nominated for the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award for Excellence.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Ms. Moghaddam worked as a litigation associate at a prominent New York law firm from 2003 to 2008, where her practice focused on internal investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and complex commercial litigation. From 2002 to 2003, she clerked for the Honorable John S. Martin, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Moghaddam is fluent in Farsi and proficient in French.



  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2002 (Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • B.A., Brown University, 1999 (Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)


  • California
  • New York


  • Member, Patrons’ Council, Farhang Foundation (2016-Present)
  • Chair of Los Angeles Chapter, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (2014)
  • Member, Pacific Council on International Policy (2013-Present)
  • New York City Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee (2002-2003)


  • Farsi (fluent)
  • French (proficient)

Nili T. Moghaddam

Counsel, Litigation; Cross-Border Investigations; Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime