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Isha Mehmood

Isha Mehmood


Isha is an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in the dispute resolution practice. 



Isha is an Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills' New York office, specializing in International Dispute Resolution, Litigation, and Investigations. 
Isha has experience advising a wide array of clients in complex investigations and litigation, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and cross-border multi-jurisdiction investigations.  She has acted as counsel for individuals, domestic and foreign companies, and sovereign governments, in connection with disputes in the United States, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.  Isha's experience involves a wide array of complex procedural and substantive issues and industry sectors, including banking, technology, media, mining, and oil and gas.  
Isha's experience includes advising: 
  • a global technology company in connection with U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission anticorruption investigations
  • a multinational cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company in connection with subsidiary insolvency proceedings in Canada  
  • a global investment bank and financial services company against claims brought by investors in a now-defunct biotechnology company
  • a European government against the enforcement of a suspended arbitral award
  • a brokerage firm against claims brought by a terminated employee before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 
  • an Eastern European client in connection with an OFAC designation 
  • a variety of companies with drafting compliance policy and procedures, with a particular focus on whistleblower and FCPA issues
  • a  Middle Eastern government with international claims in United Nations bodies arising out of a regional governmental dispute*
  • a media network against defamation claims* 
* experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills.
Prior to joining the firm, Isha was an associate at a large international law firm in New York.


Isha earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.  She earned an M.S. in Justice, Law & Criminology from American University in 2010 and a B.A. in Journalism and B.S. in Sociology, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 2007.  

At NYU, Isha interned for the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva and served as a research assistant to Professors Ryan Goodman and Daniel Fitzpatrick.  Prior to attending law school, she helped manage and implement legal reform programs in Asia and the Pacific. She also interned at the White House under President Barack Obama.