Ellen Zimiles


Ellen Zimiles is a partner and the firm’s Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment leader. She has more than 30 years of litigation and investigation experience involving many high-profile money laundering, fraud, and forfeiture cases.
As a leading authority on Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Ellen has been quoted in several publications, including American Banker, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Also, an internationally recognized expert in anti-money laundering (AML) program development, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption matters, she has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs, and serving as regulatory liaison.

As an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 10 years, Ellen served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. In recognition for 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. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Zimiles was CEO and co-founder of Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international consulting firm funded by private equity that was acquired by Guidehouse in 2010. Daylight specialized in financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption investigations, and compliance, as well as monitoring.




Ellen Zimiles
Partner, Financial Services Segment Leader