What are your areas of specialty?
Corporate Law, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Governance, Compliance.
What kind of matters do you enjoy the most?
I love a challenge, so any case where there are various moving pieces and a client wants the best for the business but it requires deep thinking outside the box and creative problem solving skills.
What is the most impactful work you have done throughout your career?
I worked on a pro bono case where the client escaped terrifying conditions in Sudan and was seeking asylum in the US. I started on the case as a law student and for the first two years I helped her share her story throughout New Jersey at many legal conferences where various court judges would attend by translating her Arabic story for any and everyone who would listen. During my final year in law school, I was on her legal team that helped her finally win her asylum case. She is now working on getting her mother and kids to the US as well.
Tell us about your academic and professional background.
I graduated with my Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA. I also hold a Bachelor Degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Throughout my time in law school, I interned at various firms on matters ranging from criminal, civil, landlord/tenant, and health law. After passing the New Jersey Bar, I moved to Dubai and worked in-house for a family-owned global group of companies. This is where my passion for corporate restructuring began, as I successfully managed a restructuring project that included over 15 entities, both on shore and off shore. Before joining lecocqassociate, I spent sometime in private practice working on commercial litigation matters and a high-profile case within the DIFC’s jurisdiction.
How many languages do you speak?
Two–English and Arabic. I learned some Spanish during a law semester abroad in Mexico and am able to manage a basic level of conversation.
What made you want to be a solicitor/lawyer?
After 9/11, I (11 years old at the time) watched as my mother was falsely accused of wrongdoing and officers tried to rip her hijab off in their efforts to “properly investigate” the situation. While she ended up walking away from this unfortunate situation after she was found innocent, it sparked a fire in me to go to law school. My pro bono hours since then have been spent helping less fortunate people with any legal issues that might arise.
Business aside, what do you enjoy doing when you are not in office?
I love to cook and learning new recipes. I enjoy all kinds of fitness activities but especially running, weight lifting and yoga. I also like getting lost in a good book. During the Dubai winters, I love camping in the mountains at Ras Al Khaimah.
What is your secret talent?
I have two: 1) I am an exceptional swimmer and hold records back home from my years of competing before I attended college and 2) I can dance/teach salsa, bachata and merengue.