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Furqan Mohammed

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Furqan Mohammed is a counselor and litigator who takes the time to understand the business of his clients.  He has litigated and advised clients in a diverse array of practice areas, including breach-of-contract, business torts, trade secrets, noncompetition agreements and other employment-related issues, privacy and data, commercial foreclosures, and patent and intellectual property.  Furqan has handled all aspects of litigation representation, from pre-litigation demand letters and negotiations to trial preparation and appellate briefs.

Fusing his interests in technology and the flourishing halal market—and utilizing his broad litigation and counseling background—Furqan has developed a niche practice helping companies that focus on halal, Muslim-centric and/or Shariah-compliant products and services.  Furqan has also published on various topics within the halal industry, including halal food regulations and Islamic wills and estate planning.

Furqan also maintains a busy pro bono practice. He previously managed (and still volunteers at) a legal clinic at the Indo-American Center in Chicago that caters primarily to the indigent South Asian community. Furqan received CVLS’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and 2017 for this commitment. Furqan also volunteered with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC); he received its Champion of Justice Award in 2016.  Furqan also has acted as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in disputes over the guardianship of a minor, and drafted estate planning documents for Chicago’s first responders (i.e. police officers and firefighters) through the Wills for Heroes Foundation.

Furqan graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 and from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2011, where he served as the President of the Muslim Law Students Association. Furqan serves as an adjunct professor at both institutions and regularly speaks at panels for pre-law and law on the practice of law.

Furqan has been recognized as an Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and identified on the Lawyer of Color’s Second Annual “Hot List” for the Midwest Region.

Related Employment

  • Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2012-2017, Summer Associate 2011
  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office, Chicago, IL, Law Clerk, 2010
  • North American Spine Society, Burr Ridge, IL, Law Clerk, 2010
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL, Research Assistant, 2010
  • Judicial Extern to The Hon. Ronald A. Guzmán, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009

Professional Recognition

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Distinguished Service Award, 2017
  • Listed as an “Illinois Rising Star” by Illinois Law & Politics, 2016 – 2017
  • Domestic Violence Legal Aid Clinic (DVLC), Champion of Justice Award, 2016
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Distinguished Service Award, 2014
  • Honoree in Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual “Hot List,” 2014

Professional Leadership

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Junior Board, 2016 – present
  • South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (formerly IABA), Vice President of Community Relations, 2016
  • Muslim Bar Association of Chicago, BigLaw and In-House Subcommittee Chair, 2016
  • Indian American Bar Association (IABA), Vice President of Pro Bono Affairs, 2015

Publications
2016
PECA 2015: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF PAKISTAN’S PROPOSED CYBERCRIME BILL
UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, 15Click Here to Access
04.08.2016
US HALAL FOOD REGULATIONS . . . ARE YOU UP TO SPEED?
Food Navigator-USA.comClick Here to Access
09.2015
WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY: HOW TO DRAFT A STATE- AND SHARIA-COMPLAINT WILL
Chicago Bar Association RecordClick Here to Access
2012
EXTRACTING LESSONS FROM ILLINOIS’ 2010 SPECIAL ELECTION FIASCO: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT’S DECISION IN JUDGE V. QUINN AND THE SPECIAL ELECTION REQUIREMENT OF THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT
32 Northern Illinois University Law Review 295Click Here to Access
2012
PROTECTING PAKISTANI LABORERS POST-EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT: RECOGNIZING RIGHTS AFTER THE DEVOLUTION OF POWER
9 Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review 265Click Here to Access
2012
EXPLORING POWER POLITICS AND CONSTITUTIONAL SUBVERSIONS IN PAKISTAN: A POLITICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF INSTABILITY IN PAKISTAN
7 Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review 229Click Here to Access
Presentations
10.2016
LITIGATION PRACTICE AND STRATEGY: INITIATING CIVIL LITIGATION 
Speaking Engagements
Co-Presenter
National CLE Webinar hosted live and now available on-demand by AudioSolutionz
08.2016
BRAND “U”: BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY 
Speaking Engagements 
Panelist
Jumpstart Preview and Preparation Program 
Hosted by the Chicago Consortium of Law School Diversity Professionals for Diverse Incoming 1Ls
02.2016
LAW SCHOOL 101: A PRIMER ON LAW SCHOOL AND THE LEGAL MARKET FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 
Speaking Engagements 
Panelist
Loyola University Chicago (sponsored by the Pre-Law Society)
02.2016
LITIGATION AND TRANSACTIONAL PRACTICE AT LAW FIRMS: WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BECOMING AN ASSOCIATE 
Speaking Engagements 
Panelist
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
06.2013
EFFECTIVE INTRODUCTION AND USE OF EVIDENCE WITH WITNESSES 
Speaking Engagements 
Lorman Educational Services
03.2013
MUSLIMS AND THE LAW: A Q&A WITH PRACTICING MUSLIM ATTORNEYS 
General Events
Panelist
Loyola University Chicago
EDUCATION
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Highest GPA in Division, December 2011, Loyola Law Journal, Staff Editor; Loyola International Law Review, Executive Editor of Articles
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.S., Psychology, summa cum laude, 2008
ADMISSIONS
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • South Asian Bar Association of Chicago
  • Muslim Bar Association of Chicago
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Urdu/Hindi