Carlos Aksel Valdivia



  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Georgetown University, B.A., Government

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • English
  • Spanish

As a member of the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group, Carlos acts across a range of issues related to international and domestic regulation. He also litigates commercial disputes and government contract disputes that arise in these regulatory contexts.

Carlos’s practice includes performing corporate due diligence and investigations related to anti-bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has also counseled clients on matters related to the False Claims Act (FCA), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and agency rules on conducting business with the U.S. federal government.

Carlos served on the American University International Law Review and the board of the Moot Court Honor Society. He received honors for oral argument in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and worked with the Disability Rights Law Clinic to represent clients and their families on a variety of issues related to disability law.

Prior to joining Reed Smith as a summer associate, Carlos was a Research Fellow in the anti-corruption unit of the Inter-American Development Bank. While there, he performed investigations in Latin America to help safeguard a multi-billion dollar development program from fraud and corruption.