Waleed Nassar Named an “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC partner Waleed Nassar has been recognized as a 2019 “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in its inaugural list of top lawyers who serve as “agents of change” and have made an impact on equality through new legal strategies or innovative court cases.
As a trailblazing litigator, Mr. Nassar has stood up for the rights of Muslims and other marginalized groups throughout his career. In recognizing Mr. Nassar, the National Law Journal highlights his foundational experience clerking for a respected federal trial judge where he “was exposed to some key cases and more importantly her uncompromising ethos of how the law should be applied to effect equality for all.”
Mr. Nassar continued his career representing detainees in Guantanamo and Bagram, and serving as defense counsel in one of the highest profile international terrorism cases ever to have been brought in U.S. Federal Court. The publication further notes, “Nassar’s work includes representing Mohamed Soltan, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to life in prison in Egypt” on political charges, ultimately assisting to secure his release. It also notes his co-authoring of an amicus brief on behalf of former military officials involving the torture of Iraqi civilians by U.S. contractors at Abu Ghraib, which Mr. Nassar stated, “was a patriotic moment.”
Senior Partner Eric Lewis said of Mr. Nassar, “Waleed has demonstrated that you can be a first rate commercial litigator without compromising your principles or passion for justice. He is a superb lawyer who knows that human rights are inextricably an essential part of our professional obligations.”
In recognition of his excellence in the field of International Law, Mr. Nassar was selected as a 2017 Washington D.C. “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and is part of the steering committee of The American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. His practice embraces a broad range of complex legal matters, representing a host of foreign and domestic parties, as well as dedicating a significant amount of his practice to pro bono work.
Mr. Nassar was born of Egyptian émigré parents and raised in suburban Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.
The publication can be viewed online here.