Hdeel Abdelhady
Tel: +1 202 630 2512

Hdeel Abdelhady entered private law practice in 2002, but she has not spent her years in law practice behind a desk minding billable hours.

Ms. Abdelhady has consistently engaged with diverse legal, business, public policy, and other communities in the United States and abroad. In private practice with two of the largest international law firms, Ms. Abdelhady effectively represented U.S. and foreign banks, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other parties, both as outside and in-house secondment counsel. In large firm and independent practice, Ms. Abdelhady has handled transactions, regulatory compliance, and disputes matters.

Ms. Abdelhady has long been a leader in the American Bar Association, serving currently as the ABA Section of International Law’s Liaison to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, as a Senior Advisor to the Middle East Committee, and as a member of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ROLI) Middle East and North Africa Council Board.

Since 2004, Ms. Abdelhady has served as an Adjunct Professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, from which she earned her JD. She has engaged with nonprofit organizations as legal counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors of a Washington, D.C.-based, Gates Foundation-backed nonprofit organization that advocates for women’s rights and as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advancing the rule of law in a North African country.

Blending her legal, business and international experience, Ms. Abdelhady has collaborated with DC Metro area private and public entities on enhancing foreign investment in and international engagement with regional biohealth and technology enterprises.

Ms. Abdelhady has also led education, training, and thought leadership initiatives, having conceived and produced a number of legal, business, and professional programs and initiatives that have brought together major banks, professional services providers, companies, and industry groups to explore and inform on key legal, business, and policy issues.

An avid writer, Ms. Abdelhady has published in academic, industry, and news publications on business, banking and finance, policy, and foreign affairs. Her speaking engagements have covered banking and finance, responsible business conduct, international commercial and public law, and rule of law topics.

With well-rounded legal and professional experience and a broad network, Ms. Abdelhady brings added value to client and professional engagements, asking questions that are not often asked and connecting the dots between legal, business, and policy matters involving the United States and foreign jurisdictions.

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What Clients Have Said

“Hdeel Abdelhady’s standard of work and attention to detail are excellent, resulting in consistent output of very high quality.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank

“Hdeel Abdelhady developed a good working relationship with the team in a short period of time which resulted in an open dialogue and free flow of ideas.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank

“Hdeel Abdelhady displays an obvious affinity for her clients.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank