Board of Directors
Below is a list of the current NAML Officers and Board Members:
Asifa Quraishi-Landes specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S.constitutional law, with a current focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory. She is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Quraishi-Landes writes on comparative legal theory and Islamic law. She holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley, and has served as law clerk in the United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has served as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2010), the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life. She is currently on the governing board of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Islamic Law, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), and Muslim Advocates. She is an affiliate of the Muslim Women's League, past President and Board Member of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and a member of the "Opinion Leaders Network" for the British Council's "Our Shared Future" project.
Gadeir Abbas is a civil rights attorney based in Chicago, Illinois. He has spearheaded major lawsuits across the country involving constitutional issues of particular concern to the American Muslim community, including the successful landmark challenge to Oklahoma’s State Question 755, a voter-approved referendum that would have barred reference to Islamic religious traditions in Oklahoma's courts. Additionally, Mr. Abbas has litigated on behalf of American Muslims surveilled by warrantless GPS tracking devices, placed on the federal government’s terrorist watch lists, and prevented from building schools and mosques by discriminatory zoning laws. He has appeared on or been quoted by national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, National Public Radio, The Guardian, MSNBC, and CNN. Mr. Abbas studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and law at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to becoming an attorney, he taught English in Mississippi with Teach for America.
Salman Azam is a partner at Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP and has been counseling small and medium sized businesses for nearly a decade in corporate and transactional matters.
After completing law school, Mr. Azam worked at a large law firm and then set out to create a brand new firm in 2005 (Lakeshore Law Group LLP) focused on the needs of small & medium sized businesses and professionals, especially those in the South Asian community. In 2012, Lakeshore Law Group LLP became Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP to serve a broader range of clients with an increasing level of legal services. Mr. Azam has been directly involved with corporate formation of new businesses and start-ups in Chicago and across the country. He serves as chief outside counsel for several local corporations and regularly advises not for profits.
Jabeen Adawi is the Victim Legal Network of DC (VLNDC) Project Coordinator at NVRDC. In this role, Ms. Adawi manages a DC wide effort to plan and implement a legal network increasing crime victims’ access to DC’s diverse legal services community. Prior to joining NVRDC, Ms. Adawi was a Staff Attorney at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Therein, she provided a wide range of civil legal services—divorce, child custody, immigration, employment, and landlord tenant—to adult and child survivors of sexual assault.
Previously, Ms. Adawi was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Nestor F. Guzman, J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Division. Ms. Adawi has a B.S. in Applied Physics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Safia Hussain focuses her practice on nonprofit law as legal counsel at Asbahi Law Group, Ltd., and Ewenstein Young & Roth LLP. She represents community-based organizations, religious groups, social service organizations and professional associations among others on issues such as formation, compliance, governance, fiscal policies and procedures and the implementation of best practices. Ms. Hussain received her principal legal training at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, one of the nation’s preeminent law firms. Ms. Hussain is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. She also recently received a masters in tax law from New York University School of Law. Ms. Hussain served on the board of the Muslim Bar Association of New York for six years, during which time she served as Director, Treasurer and then as President of the organization. She currently serves as a committee member of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) and is slated to serve on that organization’s next board. Ms. Hussain spent much of her early years living abroad in Austria and Pakistan, and she later spent a semester studying in France and five weeks studying in Syria. She is proficient in French and has some basic language skills in German, Urdu and Arabic. In addition to her work with Asbahi Law Group, Ms. Hussain is a contributor to the law firm’s Nonprofit Legal Blog.
Ally Hack has extensive experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, and has litigated in both federal and state courts. While not exclusively, he has particular experience in the real estate context, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, as well as cooperative and condominium matters and generally handles cases from inception through conclusion.
Mr. Hack advises a wide variety of real estate clients including developers, building owners, tenants, and purchasers and sellers of real property. In addition, Mr. Hack frequently lectures and writes on various topics regarding real estate law and has been published numerous times in the New York Law Journal. Mr. Hack earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of New Mexico, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where, among other accolades, he was a member of the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.
Saleema Snow is an associate professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She spent over fifteen years representing low-income clients in the District of Columbia and in rural communities in Georgia. Ms. Snow began her legal career as a Covington and Burling Westwood Fellow at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), the District of Columbia’s federally funded legal service organization. She later became the Legal Director at Advocates for Justice and Education, addressing education discrimination issues. Her commitment to eradicating education disparity continued in her role as a supervising attorney at Georgia Legal Services Program, where she formed a state-wide education advocacy committee to address discriminatory practices against students of color. In Georgia, she also represented clients in domestic violence proceedings and served on a Domestic Violence Task Force to develop a community response to domestic violence. Early in her career, The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation awarded Ms. Snow a legal fellowship to work for Muslim Intercommunity Network, where she provided citizenship workshops and represented clients in various civil and administrative law matters. Ms. Snow currently serves on the board of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, where she leads the organization’s pro bono initiatives to address the justice gap in the legal system.
Yasir Billoo is an experienced attorney in the areas of international/domestic business contracts and litigation and real estate transactions (and title services) and litigation. Mr. Billoo’s experience ranges from representing large Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation and appeals in state and federal court, to helping small business owners with simple agreements and legal consulting.
Mr. Billoo earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and was admitted to both the Florida Bar and the California Bar in 2004. He is admitted to practice in all courts in each of these states. Mr. Billoo earned dual Bachelors Degrees in International Relations and Communications from Florida International University. He is found member and past president of the Florida Muslim Bar Association, a Board Member of the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations and a member of the prestigious invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Nirouz Elhammali is a healthcare attorney in the Atlanta area. She represents hospitals, health care systems, and individuals working in the health care industry in range of transactional, regulatory compliance, and litigation matters.
Prior to beginning her healthcare practice, Ms. Elhammali served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and as a volunteer attorney with the trial chambers of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Elhammali earned her law degree from Emory University, and her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.
Dewnya Bazzi is a founding Partner with At Law Group. A resident of Dearborn, Michigan, Ms. Bazzi went to the University of Michigan for her bachelor’s degree before going to Cooley Law School to get her law degree in 2011.
Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Bazzi quickly made a name for herself in the legal community. She has been nationally recognized as one of the top ten personal injury attorneys under 40 years of age by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. Ms. Bazzi has successfully litigated and settled millions of dollars in claims.
Zubair A. Khan is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in federal and state court. Mr. Khan was trained at the top commercial litigation firms in Chicago. He has served as lead counsel on a number of multi-million dollar disputes, successfully litigating cases on behalf of large corporations in the insurance, real estate, tobacco, petroleum distribution, snack food, financial services, hedge fund, and electronic product industries. In addition to large companies and organizations, Mr. Khan’s services have also been called upon by individuals including franchisees, physicians, and other businessmen. Mr. Khan has argued cases in federal and state courts across the country including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, New York, and North Carolina. He has submitted appellate briefs in state appellate courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court. Mr. Khan currently resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University in 1998 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Northwest Suburban Bar Association. Mr. Khan is also on the executive board of the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago. Mr. Khan is also a member of the Board of Education for Community Consolidated District 15 in Palatine, IL.
Abdul Farukhi graduated from Baylor Law School in 2008 and has devoted his career to public service as an assistant district attorney prosecuting felonies and white collar criminals.
Mr. Farukhi is one of the founders of the Muslim Bar Association of Houston and is a member of the South Asian Bar Association, Fort Bend Young Lawyers Association, and vice-chair of the State Bar of Texas's Crime Victim's Committee.
Suleman Malik is an Associate at Stagg Terenzi Confusione & Wabnik, LLP, practicing commercial, labor and employment, and general liability litigation.
Mr. Malik is a recent graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where served as the Executive Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. Mr. Malik received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Theatre Studies from Emory University. He has also published an article entitled, Where Do Fight?: A Way to Resolve the Conflict Between a Forum Selection Clause and FINRA Arbitration Rule 12200, 17 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 215 (2015).
Tahir Farukhi graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Business Law. In addition to his coursework, Mr. Farukhi was on the Executive Board for the USC Student Senate Academic Affairs Committee. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. At the University of Utah, Mr. Farukhi earned an award for one of the largest amount of pro bono hours worked and participated in the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions. Additionally, Mr. Farukhi authored and published an article on the legitimacy of the Special Courts in Sierra Leone. Before joining Albright, Yee & Schmit, APC, Mr. Farukhi was Legal Counsel at a publicly traded Japanese home furnishing company and a Litigation Associate at a national law firm, where he gained experience in numerous litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Farukhi has extensive experience conducting all aspects of litigation and drafting agreements for publicly traded companies. Mr. Farukhi is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Central District.Mr. Farukhi has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and co-founded Humanitarian Day, where over 3,000 homeless people are provided basic necessities.
Zain Sayed is a lawyer based in Chicago, IL and currently works for ComPsych Corporation, the world's largest provider of employee assistance programs. He attended New York University and St. Peter's College, earning a bachelor's degree in economics. He attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a senior editor of the Washington University Law Review.
Ehsan F. Chowdhry currently serves as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. He has over ten years experience as a licensed attorney in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (voluntarily inactive). He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the district of New Jersey. He attended Rutgers College of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania and earned his LL.M. Masters of Law degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Pennsylvania. Mr. Chowdhry has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the American Bar Association’s National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Trial Advocacy and is the only prosecutor on that list. He is also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as an “Advocate” and is currently on his way to completing his designation as a “Master Advocate.” Mr. Chowdhry has multiple awards and honors conferred upon him, such as becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award and been accepted for inclusion in the Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer for 2015.
John Vandenberg is a co-founder of Hogan & Vandenberg LLC. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia chapter. He is also a member of the the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service Liaison Committee. Mr. Vandenberg is the author of immigration law columns in Funtimes Magazine and Jornal dos Immigrants. In 2007, he was named a Top Lawyer in Main Line Today magazine. In 2012, he received the Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award in recognition of his outstanding mentorship to the Philadelphia Chapter of AILA. Mr. Vandenberg graduated from the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA. While at Villanova, he served as the President of the International Law Society and was a co-founder of the Islamic Law Forum. Upon graduation from Villanova he was honored to receive the Faculty Recognition Award for his contributions to the law school. Mr. Vandenberg earned his Bachelors Degree in Middle Eastern Studies (with Departmental Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Vandenberg is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Immigration Courts nationwide. He is a member in good standing of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Asad Ba-Yunus is an Administrative Law Judge for the federal government. A graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, where he was a note and comment editor for the ABA's Administrative Law Review. After earning his JD he served as a criminal prosecutor and later as a civil litigator for over sixteen years before being appointed to the bench.
Mr. Ba-Yunus also formerly served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Society of North America, chairing its Legal Affairs Committee, and most recently served as a member of the interim board of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML).