Education and Background
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and moved to California in 2001. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with honors and high distinction in 2006, and I earned my law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 2009. The honors I received at Hastings, include CALI and Witkin awards in Constitutional Law II, United Nations Systems, and International War Crimes Prosecution. My published scholarly articles include: “Legal Implications of the Enemy Entity Designation of the Gaza Strip” published in the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review (32 Hast. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 643 (2009)); “International Legal Dimensions of Conflict in the Gaza Strip” (with George Bisharat, et al.) published in the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (38 Denv. J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 41 (2009)); “Freedom Thwarted: Israel’s Illegal Attack on the Gaza Flotilla” published in the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law (4 Berkeley J. Middle E. & Islamic L. 1 (2011)). Immediately before law school, I was an intern for the 165th Civil District Court of Harris County, TX, Honorable Elizabeth Ray and, while I was in law school at Hastings, I worked as an associate in Brussels, Belgium at the Mossawa Center, European Union Office, and at the Al Mustakbal Foundation for Strategic and Policy Studies, a think tank in Ramallah, West Bank.
Legal ExperienceI am admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California and have been admitted to practice pro hac vice in Texas and Ohio. I began working at Aiman-Smith & Marcy in 2011. Recognizing my interest in securities law, in 2014 the firm sponsored a sabbatical for my LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in securities regulation from UCLA School of Law, where I was a Dean’s Fellow and graduated in the top 10% of my class. Securities cases and complex employment cases pose challenging legal issues. I relish this complexity and especially enjoy using my advanced legal understanding to determine the best way to approach a case and achieve the greatest possible recovery for the firm’s clients.