Zahid N. Quraishi is a partner in Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense Group. 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, 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.
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. In addition to trying cases, Zahid also investigated and prosecuted a wide range of matters including bank fraud, tax evasion, extortion, bribery, bid-rigging, federal elections violations, mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud, embezzlement and theft of government funds, evasion of federal tariffs, international arms trafficking, export control, and illegal narcotics, firearms and immigration crimes.
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. Zahid 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 is a Trustee for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the of the C. Willard Heckel American Inn of Court at Rutgers School of Law. Recently, Zahid was selected as a 2017 alumni honoree by Rutgers Law School APALSA. Each year, Rutgers APALSA honors a member of the alumni community who is of Asian/Pacific American descent and has demonstrated leadership and service in the legal profession. In 2014, he was also named a "New Leader of the Bar" by the New Jersey Law Journal, a distinction awarded to only 50 attorneys in the state who “are emblematic of the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey bar, based on their achievements so far in their careers.” See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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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.