Adv. Atika Raza
Atika has over a decade worth of experience as an expert educator and a legal professional. She is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the Blackstone School of Law. Previously, she was involved in academia as an Assistant Professor with the U.S. Federal Government and served as an associate attorney with Honorable Umar Atta Bandial. Ms. Raza also served as a Subject Matter Expert on Law and Politics for the United States Department of Defence.
She has also worked as an associate attorney with Ch. Annayat Ullah, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan. Her work with him specialized in Transactional and Property Law.
After her LL.M. from Washington University, she worked at Michael T. George P.C., a Saint Louis-based law firm that specializes in personal injury law. Her post graduate work heavily focused on Mediation and Arbitration. In her projects, she stayed connected with United States Mediation and Arbitration Services in Missouri and is a certified Alternate Dispute Resolution specialist. She has served as a mediator for Better Business Bureau of the United States.
As well as being a certified mediator, Atika is a licensed advocate of the High Courts and has worked on several high profile cases advising both private and corporate clients in Pakistan.
Adv. Usama Malik
Usama Malik is an Advocate of the High Court and a human rights activist. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of London and an LLM in international development law & human rights from the University of Warwick. Mr.Malik has experience working with some of the most notable names in the legal profession and is currently working as a senior associate with Ms. Asma Jahangir. He has previously worked with Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan. In addition, Mr Malik is a published author and his research papers have been published in leading international/national law journals including the human rights review of the American Bar Association. He also writes on various international and legal issues in the "DAILY NATION". Furthermore, he has worked on land mark cases including the orange line metro train case to protect the cultural heritage of lahore and cases in the supreme court involving the jurisdiction and tenure of Military courts.He has also worked extensively on the preservation of Freedom of Expression in the country and has drafted amendments to laws which marginalize religious minorities in Pakistan in collaboration with the European Union.
Barrister Waleed Ashraf
Barrister Mian Waleed Ashraf is a practising Advocate of the Lahore High Court who brings his dynamic and diverse legal experience to the AskLegal team. Waleed was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn, London, and thereafter pursued a Masters in Law from City University London.He is currently a partner at Lahore-based law firm, NWMS. He is also serving as a Director at the Human Rights Protection Centre.
He has also worked as an associate with HaiderMotaBNR, and Cornelius, Lane and Mufti. Waleed's area of expertise includes Constitutional and Civil law wherein he has provided research, drafting & advisory services to clients.
Waleed has lead multiple corporate organizations through legal queries in labor laws, taxation and company law. As a member of the legal advising team at HaiderMotaBNR, Waleed counseled many leading corporations including but not limited to DFID, Samsung, Servis Pakistan and Pakistan Petroleum Limited. He also took part in advising into the Baldia Town matter and worked with Packages on their land and property matters in their move from Lahore to Kasur.
Along with litigation, Waleed has extensive legal research skills on politico-legal matters. His most prominent works include drafting legal opinions on the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 and Baldia Town opinion. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at the Blackstone School of Law, Lahore.
Adv. Ujala Akram
Ujala has extensive experience in leading higher education institutes in the United States. Having held the position of Assistant Dean at Santa Clara University she now serves as Dean of the Blackstone School of Law.
Ujala has previously served as Director of Santa Clara University, and headed an academic department with the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
She has served as a Senior Advisor to the Graduate Law Programs at Indiana University and also worked on a USAID grant-funded project through which the law school’s LL.M. Program was offered at Cairo University and Alexandria University in Egypt.
Her legal practice includes work at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis, Faegre Baker Daniels LL.P., and on a project by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is a licensed High Court Attorney and has managed several high profile cases in Pakistan.
Ms. Akram’s specialized research and writings in the field of law and education focus on women's issues, minority rights, social justice, international protection of human rights, effective teaching methodologies; student learning styles. She's been teaching law to the University of London LL.B. students since 2013. Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice and her belief in making quality education and quality legal service accessible to all social classes.