Our Legal Team

From the Desk of Atty. Syeda M. Madani

Estate planning often makes people feel uncomfortable. No one likes to think about what will happen after they pass on, but that does not mean that estate planning needs to be a difficult process. The future is unpredictable, but you can take steps to be prepared so that your loved ones are well cared for after you're gone.

I am committed to helping you understand that this difficult process can be manageable.  I am here to educate you on the value of planning for you and your loved ones.  I understand each client situation is unique. My approach to estate planning is to listen, understand, and to tailor your estate plan to meet your individual financial and personal goals.  I truly care for my clients and go out of my way to make each person feel comfortable and welcome as I help with their estate planning needs.  This is why I prepare each estate plan specifically designed for you, based on your life circumstances, family situation, personal and business assets, and goals.

I will help you to make the best decisions regarding the protection and preparation of your estate. You may not realize how much estate planning can make a difference for you and your loved ones.  I will advocate ensuring that your affairs are settled according to your wishes. I am here to speak with you on what options you have in planning your estate to help you navigate through this manageable estate planning process.

Atty. Madani's Education & Training

 

B.A. Degree

Benedictine University, 2004

Major: Social Sciences

Minor: Secondary Education

St. Benedict Merit Award

 

Juris Doctor Degree

The John Marshall Law School, 2014

Asian American Academic Scholarship

Continuing Student Scholarship Recipient

 

 

Judicial Extern

The Honorable James E. Sullivan

Circuit Court of Cook County

 

 

Legal Intern

18th Judicial Circuit

DuPage County

 

 

Atty. Madani's Professional Activity

 

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

 

Associations

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Chicago Bar Association

DuPage Bar Association

 

 

Leadership

Commissioner on Persons with Disabilities

City of Glendale

 

Media & Public Speaking

WCEV-Chicago Dying with Dignity and the Law

ISNA Convention

Long Term Care: The Stages of Family Caregiving (2016)

Taking the Reigns: Dealing with Death and Dying with Dignity (2015)

Legal Columnist, The Muslim Journal

School Immunizations

Dying with Dignity: Advanced Directives

Preparations for Advance Care Planning (end of life care)

Hijab at Work

Knock Knock: How to Respond to Law Enforcement

Ready to get started on your will or trust?

Janaan Hashim

Areas of Practice:
Post-Conviction Relief (Expungements/Sealing Records)
Mediator

Bar Admission:
State of Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Janaan Hashim is a native of Washington, DC and has lived in Chicago for over 20 years. Janaan is one of the original founding partners of Amal Law Group, LLC focusing her legal skills in criminal defense and her newest passion through the law, serving as a mediator. Prior to this, Janaan worked at the State Appellate Defender’s Office with over 100 other attorneys as an Assistant Defender, filing criminal defense appeals ranging from simple theft to first-degree murder.

Cali Awards: Constitutional Process II; Appellate Brief Writing

Outside the office, Janaan is an adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary where she team-teaches “Religious Pluralism and the Ministry” and “Arab Reawakening! Christian and Muslim Arabs in Chicago.” She has also been an adjunct professor at both Loyola University and American Islamic College where she taught Arabic.

Janaan carries an active community service calendar as you can hear Janaan on Tuesday nights on WCEV’s Radio Islam program where she hosts its live call-in talk show produced by Muslims for the mainstream American market. Janaan has volunteered with Radio Islam since 2001 as both a producer and host, interviewing a wide range of well-known intellectuals, activists, civil servants and leaders.

Janaan also maintains a steady public speaking schedule having been invited to share her thoughts on Shariah, women in Islam, Islam and the media, and the Interfaith movement spanning from Australia to Spain and throughout the United States. Janaan also served two three-year terms as Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions; member of the Sound Vision Foundation Board of Directors; and member of the Alumnae Board of Mary Baldwin College.

Janaan spends her summers in Jordan studying classical Arabic, and in the fall of 2010 she joined two Nobel Peace laureates and five other women in a special delegation to Palestine and Israel to learn of and to support the non-violent resistance movement that is gathering strength and momentum.

Janaan earned her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, where she earned an academic scholarship her second year and participated on an award-winning National Appellate Moot Court team. She earned her BA degree magna cum laude and With Distinction from Mary Baldwin College, double majoring in Communications-Broadcasting and Sociology-Social Work. She also successfully completed a 40-hour course through the Illinois State Bar Assocation to become a mediator.

Email: jhashim@amallaw.com

Farrah Qazi, Esq. - Of Counsel

Of Counsel - Areas of Practice: Estate Planning Contract Law Business Law Bar Admission: State of Illinois Supreme Court U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Farrah Qazi brings over 10 years of experience to Amal Law Group, LLC in an of-counsel capacity covering business law, contracts and estate planning. Farrah has handled multi-million dollar contracts for large and small businesses as well as provided critical guidance during contracts negotiations and settlement. Her ability to diffuse a contentious situation with clarity and a sense of humor often helps her clients avoid costly litigation fees and fruitless negotiations. Farrah enjoys securing her clients’ futures by providing valuable tools to protect their assets in case of injury or death. Such advance planning is critical to ensuring the health and well-being of her clients and her families. She has a particular interest in providing women with the tools to understand their own financial portfolios so they can take ownership of their estates. Farrah Qazi passionately advocates for such international human rights as education, healthcare and freedom from violence and intimidation. To that end, she writes on her blog and submits articles to several magazines and online platforms, As editor of Rizzarr, she produces articles that intend to enlighten and inspire others to “do good’ in the world. She is a tireless advocate for women and children’s rights, and has represented clients in domestic violence, VAWA(Violence Against Women) and human trafficking cases. Farrah founded a national hotline for Muslim women suffering from domestic abuse. She provides free counseling, legal expertise and referrals to countless immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse. She also serves as a volunteer and on the board of several charities and not-for-profits including Sonia Shah Organization, ConnectHer, 10x10 Gathr Films, and Humanity First. Farrah Qazi received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in Political Science, with minors in English Literature and Spanish Language. She speaks four languages and is an avid reader, travel junkie, foodie wannabe.

Nikia Marie Bilal, Esq.

Areas of Practice: General Litigation Bar Admission: State of Illinois Supreme Court U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Nikia Marie Bilal is an original founding partner of Amal Law Group, LLC, embracing its vision and willing to advance her career through the firm while also hoping to move forward the Western impression of Muslim women. Nikia was born and raised in Chicago and she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law. Her academic excellence and commitment are evidenced by the numerous scholarships she received throughout her education. Nikia understands the anxiety that can accompany legal proceedings and draws on her experience within the legal field, to help clients navigate through the system and achieve results. Nikia is an frequent public speaker and active in the community volunteering much of her spare time to IMAN (Inner-City Muslim Action Network). Nikia majored in communications earning her B.A. degree from Loyola Univeristy, Chicago. Email: nbilal@amallaw.com