ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL
Iranian American Bar Association
Middle Eastern Law Student Association
Law Student Mentorship Program
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Criminal Justice
Nevada State Bar
United States District Court
Nevada Justice Association
American Bar Association
Iranian American Bar Association
WHAT MARYAM'S CLIENTS SAY?
"Really cared about my case."
"Professional, quick, and compassionate."
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Why practice in Nevada?
While not quite “born and raised” in the State of Nevada, Nevada is my home. When I was six-years old, my family and I escaped from Iran and sought religious asylum in Pakistan. Fortunately for us, the United States and Catholic Charities sponsored and placed my family and me in Las Vegas. I was raised, attended school, and worked in Las Vegas my entire life and as I grew, I watched this amazing city grow with me. After briefly attending law school in Arizona, I could not imagine living or practicing law anywhere other than Nevada, so I returned to Nevada to be with my family, which is incredibly important to me. My mother and father fled from Iran and made Nevada their home to provide a better opportunity for me and my older brother. I am so incredibly blessed to now call Nevada my home too.
Why did you become an attorney?
Since I was six-years old, I knew that I wanted to help others. My family and I escaped from Iran due to religious persecution and I witnessed firsthand torture, abuse, and injustice for simply being different. Injustice exists in many forms and as I came to the United States, I knew that I wanted to help others. Shortly after my family and I were sponsored and placed in Las Vegas by the United States and Catholic Charities, my family was in a terrible car accident. As immigrants who were unfamiliar with the American legal system, this accident was even more stressful for us. As an adult, I was also the victim of another terrible car accident and witnessed personally the physical, emotional, and financial drain that an injury causes. During this difficult time, I was fortunate to have an incredible attorney that took care of every minor inconvenience while I focused on my recovery. When someone now suffers a devastating injury or loss, I want to be that person who answers the phone to provide encouragement and support. I want to be that person who shoulders the weight of advocating for a client while he or she focuses on recovery. Like my attorney, I want to provide my clients that same quality of representation by providing them the time, attention, and care they deserve.
What does the attorney-client relationship mean to you?
As an attorney, I am not only a fierce advocate but also a counselor for my clients during periods of great stress and uncertainty. From the beginning, my clients know that I am always available during this process, which is why I provide my personal cell phone number in case of an emergency. Accidents and family disturbances can occur at any moment, so I attempt to always be available and advise clients and potential clients alike about what they need to do and how to protect themselves after an injury, loss, or traumatic event. Throughout representation, I use my vast collection of experience in personal injury, family, and criminal law to dispel confusion, establish realistic expectations, and educate clients about all remedies.
What makes you different from other attorneys?
I am incredibly patient and strive to listen to and acknowledge the concerns of each client. After applying available remedies to these concerns and establishing realistic expectations, I then provide individualized, client-focused representation. Since not every case is the same and the needs of each client differ, I invest the time necessary during an initial consultation to ensure that the attorney-client relationship here is a good fit. If not, I will do my best to direct you to another attorney that may assist you. I am actively involved in each and every one of my cases, resolution- focused, and after spending years working for a District Court judge, I have witnessed firsthand the dangers of over-billing and outrageous attorney’s fees. I work tirelessly to obtain justice for my clients while also attempting to avoid emotionally exhausting and costly litigation.
Is there one case you will always remember?
As an attorney for one of the largest intellectual property firms in the United States, I filed trademarks worldwide for my clients. I once assisted a client with dozens of trademarks around the world—including China—which was a multi-tiered matter that required an tremendous attention to detail and the unpacking of a complex subject matter into manageable portions. Early in my career, matters such as this taught me the discipline required to approach a complex case, communicate effectively with clients and various administrative agencies, and never fear the unknown. Now, when preparing a new case for settlement, resolution, or trial, each element of a cause must be established by the appropriate evidentiary standard and complex matters such as this intellectual property client provided the experience to unpack difficult cases and effectively advocate for my own clients.
How do you prepare for a difficult case?
Absent those truly simple matters that may still require the careful guidance of a patient and diligent attorney, I prepare for each case as if it may become a difficult case. I do not like to be surprised and plan ahead to anticipate potential roadblocks or setbacks. I actively listen during an initial consultation to identify potential weaknesses that my client and I may have to overcome together. I encourage my clients to remain actively involved and ask questions throughout representation so that we can prepare for and adjust during an emergency. I always prepare for the worst but hope for the best in every case.
What advice do you frequently give your clients?
Be patient and ask questions that will alleviate your concerns. I am available day or night to answer the tough questions that keep you awake while you should instead be focusing on your recovery. During the course of our relationship, I will work hard to obtain the best possible result for you. Retaining an attorney is never enjoyable, which I know after being the victim of an auto-accident myself. Retaining an attorney that therefore puts your mind at ease, handles those minor inconveniences, and answers each of your questions and concerns promptly and honestly is my number one priority.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The personal, financial, and emotional recovery of my clients. It is that final handshake, decree, judgment, or check. It is earning the satisfaction and trust of my client and sincere hope that my clients never require my services again after an injury, loss, or traumatic family event.