Board Members

Ehsan Chowdhry

President

Ehsan F. Chowdhry, ESQ., currently serves as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. He has over ten (10) years experience as a licensed attorney in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (voluntarily inactive). He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the district of New Jersey.

He attended Rutgers College of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania and earned his LL.M. Masters of Law degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Pennsylvania.

Ehsan has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the American Bar Association’s National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Trial Advocacy and is the only prosecutor on that list. He is also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as an “Advocate” and is currently on his way to completing his designation as a “Master Advocate.” Ehsan has multiple awards and honors conferred upon him, such as becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award and been accepted for inclusion in the Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer for 2015.

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Romi Saleh

Vice President

While working towards his Master’s in Diplomacy at Seton Hall University, Romi Saleh studied about the injustices in the world. Romi saw how even the system in the United States was designed to work against the people. Even though the rule is “innocent until proven guilty” that’s not always how the United States worked. He felt an obligation to help people and decided to go to Law School.

In law school Romi studied the American justice system while working at the public defender’s clinic. He also channeled his experience at Mercedes Benz corporate to help people start businesses. In fact, Romi was so successful in Law School, he was inducted into Phi Delta Phi International Honors Society – the oldest legal fraternity in the Western Hemisphere. After Law School Romi decided to practice in New Jersey where he was born and raised.

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Asad Rizvi

Second Vice President

Asad Rizvi serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association. Asad is an Associate in the Labor and Employment Department at Fox Rothschild LLP in Roseland, NJ where he represents businesses in a variety of labor and employment litigation and counseling matters. Previously, Asad served as Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Kathleen Tomlinson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to his federal clerkship, Asad was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York Law Department, Labor and Employment Law Division where he defended the City of New York in state and federal court litigation.

Beyond this professional experience, Asad served on the Board of Directors of the Muslim Bar Association of New York in 2012-2013. In that capacity, Asad was invited to speak at the 2013 National Association for Law Placement Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Chicago, IL where he delivered a presentation on religious accommodation in the workplace. In 2012, Asad received the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Diversity Fellowship for his efforts as a bar leader.

Asad received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 2010. At. St. John's, Asad co-founded the Muslim Law Students Association and was a recipient of the Bronze Pro Bono Service Award for his service as a volunteer with the Sanctuary for Families Courtroom Advocates Project, the Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic, and externship at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. Asad received his B.A. from Rutgers University, graduating high honors in 2005.

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Ma'isha Aziz

Treasurer

Ma'isha Aziz, the current Secretary of NJMLA, serves as a Municipal Court Judge in Lawnside, NJ and runs a private law practice in Voorhees, NJ. Her practice covers several areas including collections, real estate, estate planning, and matrimonial issues, among other areas.

Ma'isha received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1997 where she was on the Dean's List and received the Judge William Henry Hastie Scholarship. Ma'isha received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rutgers University School of Business in 1994 where she was on the Dean's List and received the Faculty Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Education and the Minority Alumni Council Outstanding Senior Award. Ma'isha regularly teaches CLE courses across the Garden State.

Website: http://www.maishaaziz.com/

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Nadia Bandukda

Secretary

Nadia represents clients in an array of labor and employment matters, both in litigation disputes and counseling.

She has represented employers in claims involving alleged wage and hour violations, single and multi-plaintiff discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, national and local pay equity issues, Americans with Disabilities Act Title III and Title VII issues and ERISA litigation involving claims for benefits.

Nadia also advises clients on compliance with federal state and local employment laws and drafts workplace policies and handbooks for employers and human resources departments. She also offers training and drafts presentations on various topics.