Salmah Rizvi


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2016; Competitions Advocacy Editor, Moot Court Board
  • MS (Foreign Service), Georgetown University, 2010
  • BA (Anthropology & International Relations), Johns Hopkins University, 2008


  • District of Columbia, 2017
  • New York, 2017

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • DC Mentoring Circle Co-Leader, Ropes & Gray Women’s Forum
  • Member, ABA Section of Antitrust Law
  • In 2015, Salmah interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Unit in the Southern District of New York (SDNY).  
  • From 2014-2015, Salmah interned at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). 
  • In 2014, Salmah was a Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) Fellow at Al-Haq, a Ramallah-based human rights organization.
  • During law school, Salmah was Co-Chair of the Women of Color Collective.  She also competed in and coached for international moot court competitions. 
  • Recipient, 2014 Soros Fellowship
  • Recipient, 2006 Truman Fellowship

Salmah Rizvi


Salmah is an associate in the litigation & enforcement practice group. Her focus areas include internal investigations, complex civil litigation, class action litigation, international risk assessments, antitrust due diligence, and anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance structuring. She has experience in matters involving analysis of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), the United Kingdom Bribery Act (UKBA), and the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Salmah also maintains an active civil rights and human rights pro bono practice, focused on prison reform, LGBTQ equality, and immigration. She represents asylum seekers at various stages of litigation. She was a member of the Ropes & Gray team responsible for the landmark win in Nunez v. City of New York – a class action lawsuit that resulted in groundbreaking institutional reforms to remedy excessive staff violence against inmates on Rikers Island. Salmah was also part of the impact litigation pro bono team responsible for encouraging the repeal of Utah’s state law that had prohibited supportive discussions of homosexuality in public and charter school curricula and classrooms.

Prior to her legal career, Salmah worked as an analyst for the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, focusing primarily on sanctioned finance operations.



  • Presenter, “Anti-Americanism and the Future of American Security Policy in the Middle East,” at the International Studies Association Northeast Conference. Baltimore, Maryland, October 2009
  • Presenter, “On Suicide Bombing – An Anthropological Application of Talal Asad,” at the 8th Annual Scholastic Conference: “Bodies and Profane.” Baltimore, Maryland, April, 2008
  • Panelist, “Baltimore’s Asian Immigrant Communities” at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland, African American History and Culture for the Baltimore Immigration Summit: Building Bridges. Baltimore, Maryland, November 2006
  • Presenter, “The Essentials of International Humanitarian Law” at the International Committee of Red Cross Red Crescent Conference: Coulors of Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2002
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