Ian Pillinger

Associate Director

Ian Pillinger is an associate director in the New York office of Guidepost Solutions.  A former state prosecutor and federal government official, Mr. Pillinger focuses his work at Guidepost on complex and multi-jurisdictional investigations, compliance, and security matters for organizations and individuals.

During his time at Guidepost, Mr. Pillinger has worked on a wide array of compliance projects conducting reviews for a large New York hospital system, insurance companies, maritime companies, and several multinational banks. He has drafted policies and procedures for a wide variety of entities, monitored the implementation and management of these policies and procedures, and helped establish and refine compliance systems to better support clients.

On the investigation side, Mr. Pillinger regularly manages and supports investigations through research, subject and witness interviews, and strategic planning for a wide range of clients including Am Law Top 100 law firms, major international corporations, and high net worth and high-profile individuals. These investigations cover a wide range of topics including pre-employment background investigations, due diligence and litigation support, sexual assault and abuse, black mail, fraud, and personal and professional misconduct. Mr. Pillinger has also assisted in managing a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption at a large international organization, performing research, reviewing documents, and conducting interviews. He also supported a client’s case before the Asian Development Bank (ADP), which included conducting extensive research into World Bank Sanction cases, including reviewing Sanction Board decisions, and ADB fraud and corruption cases.

Before Guidepost, Mr. Pillinger most recently served an Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, investigating a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal activities. He previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Rewards for Justice Program, where he conducted investigations of foreign terrorist organizations, key terrorist leaders, facilitators and financiers, and acts of terrorism that targeted U.S. persons or interests in Asia, Europe, and Africa.  He also supported intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism efforts, including those aimed at combatting ISIS recruitment and countering online violent extremist messaging. While at the State Department, Mr. Pillinger worked closely with several international organizations including INTERPOL and EUROPOL.

Before the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Pillinger worked at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement both at headquarters and in the Washington, D.C. Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations, assisting special agents and supporting various national security, passport and visa fraud, and import-export control investigations.

Mr. Pillinger is a member of the New York State Bar. He attended law school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and, while in law school, spent a year working for the Innocence Project and the Cardozo Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention clinic.

Did You Know?

I’ve traveled to over three dozen countries and counting…


  • Juris Doctor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Master of Arts, U.S. Foreign Policy, American University
  • Graduate Certificate, Terrorism Analysis, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Arts, Government and Politics, University of Maryland


  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist


  • New York State Bar Association