Abed Awad, Esq.

ABED AWAD is a partner and founding member of the law firm of Awad & Khoury, LLP. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s College, the University of London and Pace University Law School where he served as managing editor for Pace International Law Review. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Awad holds a Master of Arts in Near and Middle East Studies and a Certificate in Comparative Law from the University of London. He was admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York and the related federal districts, including the Third Circuit, in 1999. From 1998 through 1999 he served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable George E. Sabbath, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County.

Mr. Awad has extensive experience in the areas of complex matrimonial, Islamic and international law and commercial transactions. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Awad its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence. Mr. Awad is also a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers where he is a frequent speaker. Mr. Awad has dedicated his practice to serving the unique needs of his clients.

In 2002, Mr. Awad was selected as one of ten “Lawyers of the Year” by Lawyers Weekly (USA) for his groundbreaking decision enforcing the Mahr provision contained in a Muslim marriage contract. Mr. Awad is a board member of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Politically active in the Arab American community, Mr. Awad is a member of the Arab American Institute and was the co-chair of the Arab American Democratic Caucus of New Jersey and a member of the Affirmative Action Delegate Selection Committee of the New Jersey State Democratic Party. Mr. Awad was appointed to the New Jersey Electoral College in 2004.

As a frequent public speaker at bar associations, universities, conventions and political events, Mr. Awad lectures on subjects ranging from law, politics, gender, religion and culture internationally. Mr. Awad has appeared on numerous television channels including ABC, CNNfn, Al-Jazeera, Al-Qataria and Al-Arabia. From January to November 2004 he was the weekly democratic commentator on U.S. politics for Al- Jazeera. Mr. Awad has been quoted in numerous American newspapers such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Star Ledger, Village Voice and Chicago Lawyer among others.