Ahmed J. Kassim

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Ahmed – a commercial and products liability litigator – is typically called upon to litigate challenging cases in difficult venues with significant amounts in controversy. He listens to his clients to create practical litigation strategies designed to get them where they want to be as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. While Ahmed helps his clients avoid litigation by mitigating their risks and seeking early conflict resolution, he does not flinch at aggressively litigating cases when necessary. His dedication to his work and his ability to effectively build client relationships has resulted in clients specifically selecting Ahmed to work on their matters.

A former chemical engineer, Ahmed 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 crafting streamlined discovery plans 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 depositions, motion practice, and settlement negotiations. Ahmed currently serves as regional counsel for two global telecommunications companies, working closely with the clients and national counsel on defense strategy and early resolution of asbestos exposure claims.

Over the years, Ahmed’s practice has evolved from being focused solely on products liability matters to a broad-based, comprehensive litigation practice. Ahmed has experience in complex commercial litigation, having represented clients in a variety of breach of contract actions and other business disputes. Ahmed increasingly counsels public accommodation clients regarding 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, Ahmed understands the stakes and helps his clients reach the most favorable resolution in the most economical way. Ahmed enjoys the narrative, investigative, and creative aspects of the practice of law.

Ahmed maintains an active pro bono practice that has included representing: a Chinese family in successfully obtaining asylum for their pro-democracy views; 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.

In addition to his clients, Ahmed is respected among his peers. He currently serves on the Federal Bar Council’s First Decade Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Sections. He has spoken on litigation-related topics at legal conferences and law schools. He is listed as a Super Lawyers New York Rising Star in the area of class action/mass torts (2018-2019).

Outside of the courtroom, Ahmed can be found eating his way through Brooklyn, snowboarding, or tinkering with motorcycles.

 

Representative Matters
  • Regional counsel for two global telecommunications companies in defense of asbestos exposure claims in New York and New Jersey.
  • Counsel for major consumer goods company in asbestos litigation and other product and premises liability matters.
  • Counsel for major tractor trailer manufacturer in New York asbestos litigation.
  • Defended automotive brake manufacturer in New Jersey asbestos litigation.
  • Defended automotive tire manufacturer in product and premises liability matters.
  • Defended international cosmetic retail chain in premises and general liability matters.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against sporting goods manufacturer in New York asbestos litigation.
  • Obtained pre-answer dismissal in federal court for global pharmaceutical company in failure-to-warn case.
  • Lead attorney in defending major military defense manufacturer in premises liability action in Bronx County and obtained summary judgment.
  • Assisted in the defense of a global pharmaceutical company in mass tort litigation involving prescription medication resulting in several defense verdicts.
  • Assisted in the defense of a global medical device company in mass tort litigation involving surgical implants.
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.
Honors and Awards
Speaking Engagements

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

Practice

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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