Amira Khan joined the Pels Law Firm, focusing her practice on a full spectrum of domestic matters. Amira’s practice concentrates on divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, property and asset division, business valuations and protective orders. Amira assists her clients during these highly contentious, often emotional times with compassion and empathy, reaching cost-effective resolutions that are best for her clients’ families. Amira is certified in collaborative law and can practice as a best interest attorney where she represents children in highly contentious child custody cases.

Amira was named a Maryland Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2019-2020, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and achievement. Only 2.5% of attorneys are selected to Rising Stars. Amira is currently admitted to practice in Maryland and eligible for waiver into the District of Columbia.

Where did you graduate from college? Where did you graduate from law school?
For undergrad, I graduated from George Washington and then went to law school at Widener, which is now called Delaware Law School.

Why did you want to study law? Did you always want to be a lawyer?
I always wanted to be an attorney; in my 5th-grade graduation ceremony, I had to say what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said that I wanted to become a lawyer. When I was little, my uncle was in law school–he is now a tax attorney–and as the oldest of four siblings, I was always the “bossy” one who spoke on behalf of my siblings.

What’s your favorite part about working at Pels Law?
I love the camaraderie and team spirit, as well as the flexibility. It’s a great place to learn new areas of law from so many esteemed attorneys.

What type of cases do you generally handle at Pels Law? Who is your typical client?
I handle a lot of civil disputes. My typical client is someone who has been wronged by a business or in a personal matter.

What made family law appealing to you?
My parent’s divorce when I was 19 years old had a great impact on my decision to become a family attorney. I love helping families in need and assuring them that although this time is very difficult, there is light at the end of the tunnel and they will get through this.

What types of cases within family law are you most passionate about?
I’m particularly passionate about domestic violence and custody issues.

What is your favorite case you worked on?
I enjoy working on divorce or custody cases that are able to reach resolutions that are in the best interests of families and children. I love when parents are able to put their differences aside in order to have the best resolution for their children.

What is your approach or philosophy when representing or winning a case?
Advocate as much as you can on behalf of your client and use all resources. Preparation is key in winning litigation so staying organized is very important.

Outside of work what other things are you involved in?
I enjoy traveling, cooking, spending time with my fiancé and puppy, and family. I also enjoy fitness and Orange Theory.

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Author and intern, Bella Neal, is a rising senior at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and hopes to pursue a career in law.