Umair Khan / President
Umair serves as Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to New York Attorney General Letitia James, where he develops strategic litigation. He previously served as Counsel to then-New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, where he worked on a number of litigation and policy areas including healthcare, technology, and telecommunications. Umair was appointed by the Public Advocate to serve as a trustee of the $65 billion New York City Employees’ Retirement System and as her representative on the Audit Committee of The City of New York. Umair is a graduate of Albany Law School, where he was an Associate Editor on the Albany Government Law Review. He received his bachelors in Government and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University.
Sayeda Abbas / Vice President
Sayeda is a public interest attorney, fighting for low-income clients that cannot afford legal assistance. She is a Housing Staff Attorney at Manhattan Legal Services, and litigates to protect the rights of low-income tenants in New York City. She has been a long time advocate for justice for the poor and prior to housing, she practiced in the areas of asylum and consumer protection. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and her Bachelors in the areas of Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish from Rutgers University.
Mavara Agha / Treasurer
Mavara Agha is an associate in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group and works on a diverse range of civil and criminal matters. Her practice focuses on securities litigation, regulatory enforcement matters, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Prior to joining the legal community, Mavara served on former Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn’s Policy team and focused on initiatives related to social innovation, poverty and human services, sustainability and community affairs. Mavara is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as captain of the VIS Moot Court team and Student Government Vice President.
Shabbir Chaudhury / Secretary
Shabbir Chaudhury is Corporate Counsel at MetLife where he defends the Company and its officers in various lawsuits including class actions, securities related matters, and broker-dealer suitability, and serves as Chief of Staff to the Chief Counsel - Litigation. Shabbir also works on the Company’s litigation related accruals and disclosures, and supports the Company’s international litigation teams. Before joining MetLife, Shabbir was in private practice, where he focused on commercial litigation. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York where he defended the City and its employees in various tort lawsuits. Shabbir is a member of the New York City Bar In-House Counsel Committee and is a 2019 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. Shabbir is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and New York University.
Amin Kassam is Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for Bloomberg's Legal and Compliance Department. Along with litigating and advising on complex legal issues involving technology, intellectual property, and new media, Amin is responsible for the global operations of the Department along with overseeing its diversity and inclusion initiatives. Amin is currently a member of Bloomberg's Diversity Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Aga Khan Council for the United States. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Amin began his career working at the law firms of WilmerHale and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and clerking for the Honorable Chief Judge Hector M. Laffitte of the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico and the Honorable Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Saira Khan is the Deputy General Counsel of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, an infrastructure focused private equity fund headquartered in New York. Prior to that she was a member of the in-house legal team at GSO Capital Partners, the credit platform of The Blackstone Group, and before that she was an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, and Project Finance Group at White & Case. She completed both her Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as her Juris Doctorate degree, at the University of Texas at Austin. She is committed to supporting initiatives, both at and outside of work, that focus on increasing diversity and encouraging intersectionality and community building in New York. She is also passionate about promoting both education and the arts and is accordingly a patron of the The Citizens Foundation (a not for profit organization that builds schools in impoverished parts of Pakistan), is one of the founding members of the Storm King Art Circle, and is on the Junior Committee of the American Ballet Theater.
Sania Khan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. She has worked to challenge the addition of the citizenship question on the decennial Census, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, and the Muslim Bans. In addition, she works on issues related to voting rights, discrimination in the tech sector, and religious rights. Sania also serves as the Muslim Communities Liaison for the Attorney General’s Office. In 2015, she created a legal education course entitled “The Muslim-American Community: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends,” which hundreds of government attorneys across the state attended. The Course was also held at the New York City Bar Association, and co-sponsored by MuBANY. Sania is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Class of 2009.
Saima Zuberi Sheikh
Saima Zuberi Sheikh is an employment litigation associate at Baker Hostetler LLP, where she counsels and represents employers across different industries in a variety of employment matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, breach of contract, and restrictive covenant law. Saima is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Emory University and The George Washington University Law School.
Tawfiq Rangwala & Nilufer Shaikh - Large Law Firm
Tawfiq S. Rangwala is a partner in Milbank’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters in the US and internationally, as well as internal investigations across multiple jurisdictions and industries. Tawfiq represents multinational corporations and financial services firms in responding to a wide variety of government investigations, including before the DOJ, SEC, FINRA, OCC, CFTC, NY DFS, State Attorneys General, the UK FCA and SFO, and numerous other government authorities in Europe and Asia. Tawfiq has extensive experience handling matters relating to securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, anti-money laundering, FCPA, insurance law, cyber security, and kick-back, bribery and pay-to-play schemes. A key aspect of Tawfiq’s practice involves advising companies in crisis scenarios, including helping boards, audit and special committees and executive management contain reputational damage, develop a unified strategy for addressing parallel cross-border government investigations and civil litigation, implement remedial measures, and establish effective communications and PR campaigns. Tawfiq also handles a broad range of federal and state court litigation of complex commercial cases for a range of domestic and international clients.
Nilufer R. Shaikh is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Ms. Shaikh focuses her practice on the representation of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as strategic buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and minority investments across a variety of industry sectors, including health care, life sciences, information technology, software and consumer goods. Ms. Shaikh also has represented venture capital firms and emerging growth companies in debt and equity financing transactions. In addition to her transaction-based practice, Ms. Shaikh has provided general corporate counseling, advising senior management and boards of directors in areas such as corporate governance, strategic matters, contract negotiation and other commercial issues.
Abdul Hafiz - Law Student
Abdul Hafiz is currently a third-year law student at Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, Abdul serves on the executive board of both the Muslim Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association. Abdul received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Northeastern University. Abdul is also a lifelong New Yorker.
Alina Islam-Hashmi - Public Relations
Raima Jamal - In-House
Subhan Tariq - Small/Mid-Size Law Firm
Nausheen Rokerya - Labor and Employment