Umair Khan / President
Umair serves as counsel to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. He provides proactive counsel on possible legal issues as well as litigation, investigatory requests, and audits. He also handles a number of policy matters 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.
Sabila Khan / Treasurer
Sabila Khan, Esq. is Director and Counsel at Scotiabank, where she advises on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters. Previously, Sabila worked as an associate at the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and as in-house counsel at BNP Paribas. Sabila is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and New York University. During law school, Sabila received the Jessup International Moot Court Award for Excellence in Advocacy. She is a member of the NAPABA Women's Committee and a native New Yorker.
Shabbir Chaudhury / Secretary
Shabbir Chaudhury is Corporate Counsel at MetLife where he works on financial products and securities litigation. Shabbir is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and New York University.
Yasmin has dedicated her career to public interest and social justice work. She clerked in the New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York before serving as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. She currently serves as the Supervising Attorney for the Driver Protection Unit at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Yasmin’s path to a career in the law is featured in a chapter titled, “Yasmin” in Moustafa Bayoumi’s “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America” (Penguin Press 2008). She is honored to serve on MuBANY’s Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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 & Amal Oummih- Women's
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.
Kulsoom Hasan - Members
Alina Islam-Hashmi - Public Relations
Raima Jamal - In-House
Subhan Tariq - Small/Mid-Size Law Firm
Nausheen Rokerya - Labor and Employment