Ahmed J. Kassim

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Mr. Kassim – a commercial and products liability litigator – listens to his clients in order to create litigation strategies that balance risk and opportunity. He offers them solutions to their business and legal challenges that range from savvy negotiation and conflict resolution to aggressive litigation.

A former chemical engineer, Mr. Kassim leverages his background to achieve favorable results by working with his multinational clients to navigate complex scientific and medical issues related to product liability matters , which typically involve chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and asbestos. A skilled litigator, adept at large-scale discovery management and trial preparation, clients have entrusted him with all aspects of their cases from lead counsel on individual matters to mass tort team member responsible for discovery, depositions, motion practice, and settlement negotiations. Mr. Kassim currently serves as regional counsel for two global telecommunications companies, working closely with the clients and national council on defense strategy and early resolution.

Over the years, Mr. Kassim's practice has evolved from being focused solely on products liability matters to a broad-based, comprehensive litigation practice. Mr. Kassim has experience in complex commercial litigation, having represented clients in a variety of breach of contract actions and other business disputes. Mr. Kassim increasingly counsels public accommodation clients with respect to website accessibility litigation under Title III of the American with Disabilities Act. Whether the issues revolve around products liability, commercial disputes, or violations of the ADA, Mr. Kassim understands the stakes and helps his clients reach the most favorable resolution in the most economical way.

Mr. Kassim primarily practices before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. He is listed as a Super Lawyers New York Rising Star in the area of class action/mass torts (2018-2019).

Mr. Kassim maintains an active pro bono practice that has included representing: a Chinese family seeking asylum for their pro-democracy views and protests; petitioners in post-conviction proceedings seeking expungement of their criminal records; plaintiffs alleging that their constitutional rights were violated during an arrest; and, most recently, New Jersey Office of Public Defender clients as appellate counsel.

Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann G. McCormick in New Jersey Superior Court.

When not working, Ahmed can be found eating his way through Brooklyn, snowboarding on various East and West coast mountains, or tinkering with motorcycles.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Gibbons P.C., New York, New York, Associate, September 2009 – March 2017.
  • Hon. Ann McCormick, State of New Jersey Superior Court, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Law Clerk, September 2008 – August 2009.
  • BASF Corporation, Mount Olive, New Jersey; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; South Brunswick, New Jersey, Associate/Engineer, January 1997 – May 2000.
Organizations/Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Publications
  • Co-author: "Navigating Website Accessibility Claims," New York Law Journal, March 20, 2017.
  • Co-author: "Preferential binding of cisplatin to mitochondrial DNA of Chinese hamster ovary cells," Mutation Research Letters, 346: 221-30, 1995.
  • Co-author: "Preferential incorporation of 3'-azido-2',3'-dideoxythymidine (AZT) in telomeric sequences of CHO cells," International Journal of Oncology, 7:1057–1060, January 1, 1995.
Speaking Engagements

"Hot Topics In ADA Compliance: From Websites to Reasonable Accommodations," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2017.

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Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ, J.D., 2008

  •  Online Editor, Rutgers Conflict Resolution Journal

University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business, Rochester, NY, Certificate of Management in Finance and Accounting, 1996

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1996

Contact Address

156 West 56th Street, Suite 803

New York, NY 10019-3800

Phone: 212.265.6888

Fax: 212.957.3983