Ellen Zimiles

Partner & Segment Leader
Financial Crime, Fraud, & Investigative Services

With over 30 years of litigation and investigation experience, Ellen is a globally recognized pioneer, advising and supporting clients on complex issues regarding high-profile anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, and forfeiture cases to help organizations mitigate risk and navigate regulatory complexity. 

Ellen has focused her expertise on work helping financial institutions prepare for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs, and acting as a regulatory liaison. She teams with clients to bring expertise in anti-money laundering (AML) program development, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption.

Her legal credentials include a 10-year executive position as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she served in the civil and criminal divisions and worked as Chief of the Forfeiture Unit for more than six years. 

In recognition of her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Ellen received the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the Department of Health and Human Services Integrity Award.

Before Ellen’s leadership role in FFI, she led the Guidehouse Financial Services segment.


J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

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