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Attorney Profile : Nafiz Ahmed

Owner / Attorney / Managing Partner

Nafiz M. Ahmed was born in Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo, California. He grew up in Burlingame and attended Burlingame High School. While at Burlingame High School, Nafiz competed on the junior varsity and varsity football team. He was also the varsity wrestling team captain. After graduating Burlingame High School, Nafiz enrolled at the University of California at Davis. While at U.C. Davis, Nafiz served as a justice on the U.C. Davis Supreme Court for two years. He authored the majority opinion for all of the court’s decisions during that time period. Nafiz loved being a U.C. Davis Aggie. However, he graduated early from U.C. Davis in three years in order to go to law school sooner. At Santa Clara University School of Law, Nafiz competed in Honors Moot Court and discovered his true passion for constitutional and criminal law. Nowadays, when he is not representing clients charge with crimes like domestic violence, theft, or drug possession, Nafiz likes to unwind by working out at his local boxing gym and surfing on the weekend. When Nafiz isn’t trying to be the world’s best dad and husband, he is hanging out with his American Bulldog, Chihuahua, and friends watching the U.F.C. or the San Francisco 49ers.

FIREARMS AUTHORITY

  • National Rifle Association – Northern California Attorney (N.R.A. referral list)
  • KGO News Talk 810 – Gill Gross – Interview regarding Firearms

ADVANCED DUI TRAINING

  • DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing – Student Course
  • DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing – Instructor Course
  • Advanced Roadside Detection Impairment & Enforcement

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings
  • The Impact of 2009 Case Decisions on DUI Prosecution and Defense Expert Witnesses
  • A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Perspective on Common Firearms Issues in California

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012 – 2016
  • Top Lawyers in California, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • AVVO rated 10 out of 10

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

EDUCATION

  • Santa Clara University School of Law,
  • Santa Clara, California
  • J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, California
  • Major: Economics

 

Attorney Profile : Shari Sukaram

Owner / Attorney / Managing Partner

I decided to work in litigation as a young girl.  From a young age, many close to me were entangled in the legal system.  I quickly learned responsibility, leadership and how to be an advocate for others.  These experiences led me to become a San Jose defense attorney, to fight for people who are struggling to overcome their pasts and clear the path for the future.

Prior to establishing Ahmed & Sukaram, I graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Psychology.  I received my J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2007.  I served as a certified legal intern for both the District Attorney’s Office of Alameda County and the District Attorney’s Office for Santa Clara County and worked as an intern for the San Diego Unified School District Office of the General Counsel.

Currently, I have dedicated my career at Ahmed & Sukaram to protecting and fighting for the rights of others.  The majority of my work is in assisting juveniles with delinquency cases and with school expulsion-suspension matters.  I am a strong believer that children, even those who make mistakes, have a golden opportunity to achieve their dreams if they are given a chance, shown that they should believe in themselves and put on the proper path.

My goal is not only to be a zealous advocate, but one who is sympathetic and understanding as to the emotional and mental impacts that the legal process can have on you and your loved ones.

Should you have a legal question and wish to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to assist you and if I am unable to do so, I will be happy to provide you with some additional resources.

PUBLISHED WORKS

Juvenile Law: Procedures, Defense Strategies, and Challenges in the Beginning Stages of Detained Juvenile Delinquency Cases

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law,
  • San Francisco, California
  • J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego, California
  • B.A.
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Psychology