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Paloma Z. Ahmadi

Paloma Z. Ahmadi



  • Energy, Power and Natural Resources
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Labor and Employment
  • Media, Entertainment and Sports

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Haynes and Boone
Texas, U.S.A.

Paloma Ahmadi enjoys counseling and representing clients through every stage of potential and actual employment and labor disputes. Her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation, counseling, and the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Paloma joins the firm from Major League Baseball's Office of the Commissioner, where her practice included labor relations, collective bargaining, grievance proceedings, employment litigation, and international employment issues. Paloma has represented clients in EEOC proceedings and wage and hour litigation, and counsels clients on codes of conduct, and ethics and compliance policies.

Paloma also has extensive experience both as in-house counsel and outside counsel advising clients on compliance with anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and related anti-corruption laws, as well as compliance with OFAC sanctions. She has conducted internal investigations on behalf of clients related to FCPA, OFAC, and related matters in jurisdictions around the globe. She has also helped clients to create, update, implement and administer global anti-corruption compliance programs. Finally, Paloma has counseled clients on the compliance aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2013; New York, 2011


J.D., Harvard Law School, 2010, Editor in Chief, Harvard Latino Law Review
B.A., Harvard College, 2006, cum laude
Areas of Practice

Energy, Power and Natural Resources | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) | Labor and Employment | Media, Entertainment and Sports | Oil and Gas | Sports Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Development and implementation of anti-corruption compliance program at high-profile multinational company, including providing ongoing compliance-related counseling.

Internal investigation of alleged FCPA violations made against Fortune 50 company in connection with public contracts in multiple foreign countries.

Diligence support related to FCPA compliance for an international transaction.

Internal investigation related to allegations of harassment made against a senior executive.

Advising client on the labor aspects of an asset purchase involving a unionized workforce.

Counseling client facing unionizing efforts at facilities in multiple jurisdictions.

On a pro bono basis, with a previous firm, formed part of the trial team that won a landmark victory for Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Checklist for Return to Work (or Reinstatement) for Employees Impacted by COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, April 2020

Employers are now confronted with the next COVID-19 challenge: safely bringing employees back to work. The recent federal guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” specifically refer to recommended practices for employers...

Several States Adopt CISA Guidance Giving “Essential Critical Infrastructure” Exemption for Energy Sector under COVID-19 “Shelter-in-Place”
Haynes and Boone, March 2020

Several state and local governments have issued “shelter in place” orders and undoubtedly more will follow. All have various exemptions for “essential businesses” and many rely on exemptions outlined in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) guidance on critical infrastructure workers...

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