AMIN KASSAM / Director
Amin Kassam is Senior Counsel at Bloomberg L.P. where he also serves on the company’s Diversity Council. With over fifteen years of experience as a practicing lawyer, Amin specializes in litigating and advising on complex issues involving media, intellectual property, data security, privacy, and licensing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Aga Khan National Council for the USA. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Amin began his career clerking for the Honorable Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Chief Judge Hector M. Laffitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
SANIA KHAN / Director
Sania Khan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Sania also serves as the Muslim Communities Liaison for the Office, and is working on the Office's Religious Rights Initiative. She created a Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") course entitled “The Muslim-American Community: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends,” which was attended and webcast state-wide to hundreds of attorneys from the AG’s Office in 2015, as well as employees from 23 New York State agencies. The CLE was also held at the New York City Bar Association, and co-sponsored by the Muslim Bar Association of New York. Ms. Khan is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Class of 2009.
NAUSHEEN ROKERYA / Director
Nausheen serves as Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation's largest not-for-profit home health care agency. In this capacity, she provides advice and counsel to senior leadership on a variety of labor and employment matters. She was previously an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department at Proskauer. Nausheen holds a B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, with a concentration in Law & Society. She earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she served as co-founder and Vice President of the Muslim Law Students' Association.
NAFEES SYED / Director
Nafees Syed is an associate at Boies, Schiller, Flexner in New York City, where she does complex commercial and constitutional litigation. Nafees served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee under Chairman John Conyers. She also advised Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson on foreign policy, veterans’ affairs, and women’s issues. As a writer, Nafees has reached millions of readers and spoken to several media outlets on legal issues and current events. Nafees is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where she is also a fellow at the Information Society Project.
SHABBIR CHAUDHURY / In-House Chair
Shabbir is a Corporate Counsel at MetLife, where he focuses on financial products litigation and insurance and broker/dealer regulatory work. Shabbir received his BA from New York University and his JD from Fordham Law School.
SULEMAN MALIK / Social Media Chair & Webmaster
Suleman practices insurance defense and commercial litigation. He recently earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has published articles on important FINRA related issues, appeared on television, and has advocated for the Muslim community in his personal and professional capacity. Suleman graduated from Emory University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Theatre Studies.
ADEEL MANGI / Law Firm Chair
Adeel is a partner in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, concentrating his practice in complex commercial disputes. Adeel has particular experience in false advertising, pharmaceutical pricing and class action defense. Adeel was named a "2014 Rising Star" by the New York Law Journal, which recognizes the most promising lawyers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.
MAIMOONA ZIA / Member Chair *
Maimoona Zia serves as counsel to a global investment bank, where she advises on matters related to procurement transactions, intellectual property, and data privacy. She is also accredited as an arbitrator for a financial industry self-regulatory organization. Earlier, Maimoona advised companies in the financial services, renewable energy, and defense industries and served as director and delegations chair for a UN ECOSOC-accredited organization, where she led delegations of professionals and students to international legal and policymaking conferences. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Justice Robert L. Clifford Fellowship, and her B.A. from Saint Peter's University, in cursu honorum, summa cum laude.
SIDRA MAHFOOZ / Law Student Liaison
Sidra is currently pursuing her J.D. at NYU School of Law. She is interested in international law, business, and public policy. She received her bachelors, summa cum laude, in political science and psychology from Stony Brook University, where she was the president of the mock trial team and the pre-law society. She completed her honors thesis analyzing the proper legal framework in the context of targeted drone strikes. Before law school, she received a national scholarship to study Arabic for a year in Amman, Jordan. During this time, she also interned at an NGO advocating for the rights of migrant workers and volunteered at nearby refugee camps.
During law school, she continues to advocate for the rights of distressed communities. Sidra worked as a research assistant focusing on international human rights for Professor Satterthwaite, and as a clinic student in the National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is an active member of the International Refugee Assistance Program, where she has assisted clients resettle to the U.S., and a courtroom advocate for Sanctuary for Families, through which she provides legal assistance to victims of domestic abuse. As Co-chair of the NYU MLSA, she has also worked with several groups to organize events aimed at community-building and social/legal advocacy. She is also actively involved with MIST-NY, serving previously as a debate judge and currently as a basketball coach. She is truly grateful to MuBANY for their support and honored to serve as a law student liaison.