Abed Awad is a founding partner of Awad & Khoury, LLP located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. New Jersey/New York practice focuses on general civil litigation and business advice, including complex matrimonial law, commercial law, Islamic law and international law. Awad has native fluency in Arabic and is a national expert in Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East.
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. In 2007, the ADC awarded Mr. Awad with the Community Activism Award.
In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Awad holds a Certificate in Comparative Law & a Masters in Near and Middle East Studies from the University of London (School of Oriental & African Studies). Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Awad was the Law Clerk for the Honorable George E. Sabbath of the New Jersey Superior Court.
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, with more than 200 television and radio appearances. Mr. Awad has appeared on ABC, CNN, CNNfn, Al-Jazeera, Al-Qataria, Al-Arabia, CBC, BBC World Service, Al-Arabia, Channel 4 (England) among others. Mr. Awad has been quoted in numerous American newspapers such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Star Ledger, Bergen Record, Village Voice, New Jersey Law Journal and Chicago Lawyer among others.
Awad is an Adjunct Law Professor at Rutgers Law School, Newark and has taught at Pace Law School and Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Awad received an AV rating by Martindale, which is the highest Peer Review rating reflecting the highest professional excellence and is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Awad is a contributor and the U.S. Editor of ShariaSource, which is a new initiative of Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program.
Awad was a Managing Editor on Pace International Law Review and has published extensively on different areas of law in various publication including the International Lawyer, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, New Jersey Law Journal, CNN, National Law Journal, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, and The Nation, Star Ledger, Jurist, among others.