Abed Awad is a founding partner of Awad & Khoury, LLP located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. His practice in the New Jersey-New York area focuses on general civil litigation, including complex matrimonial law, commercial law, Islamic law and international law.
Mr. Awad has native fluency in Arabic and is an expert in Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East. Mr. Awad has testified, consulted and/or provided expert reports for courts and attorneys throughout the United States and England concerning the interpretation and application of shari’a (Islamic law), Egyptian law, Moroccan law, Qatari law, Jordanian law, UAE law, Syrian law, Kuwaiti law, United Arab Emirates law, Palestinian law, Jordanian law, Lebanese law, Saudi Arabian law, Iraqi law, Libyan law, Pakistani law, Mail law, Indonesian law and Ja’fari law, among others.
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.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Awad was the Law Clerk for the Honorable George E. Sabbath of the New Jersey Superior Court. Mr. Awad is an Adjunct Law Professor at Rutgers Law School, Newark and has taught at Pace Law School and Seton Hall Law School. Courses taught include Matrimonial Litigation, Islamic Banking & Finance and Islamic Jurisprudence.
Mr. Awad is AV rated by Martindale and is a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Awad has published extensively in various publications including Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, New Jersey Law Journal, CNN.com, National Law Journal, Journal of the Legal Profession, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, The Nation, Middle East Executive Reports, Pace International Law Review, The International Lawyers (ABA) among others. Mr. Awad has more than 200 television and radio appearances as a political and/or legal commentator for numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, ABC, CNN, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al-Jazeera, Iqraa, the BBC, NPR, French 24 (Arabic), Dream TV and Al-Arabia.
In addition to his Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law, Mr. Awad holds a Masters in Near and Middle East Studies from the University of London, and a Certificate in Comparative Law also from the University of London.