Douglas Zolkind is a litigation counsel based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Zolkind was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), serving as a senior member of the Criminal Division’s Public Corruption Unit. Prior to joining SDNY, Mr. Zolkind was a litigation associate at another international law firm.

At SDNY, Mr. Zolkind led investigations, prosecutions, and trials in cases involving foreign bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), wire fraud, money laundering, business and political corruption, bank fraud, securities offenses, and cybercrime. He handled many high-profile white collar matters, including an FCPA trial involving corruption at the highest levels of the United Nations, an FCPA trial involving efforts by a Chinese energy company to bribe top officials in Chad and Uganda, and a trial against one of the most senior officials in New York State for bribery, extortion, and fraud.

He has clerked for the Hon. Janice Rogers Brown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for the Hon. P. Kevin Castel on the U.S. District Court for the SDNY.

Mr. Zolkind received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2008.


  • Cornell Law School, 2008, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, 2005, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York