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Khalifah L. Shabazz, Esq., Managing Attorney

Khalifah L. Shabazz was born in Paterson, New Jersey and is presently a resident of East Orange New Jersey. She attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus New Jersey, where she was recruited to Concordia College on a full athletic basketball scholarship. She graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelors Degree in 1998. She then entered the City University of NY School of Law, where she obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree. Khalifah is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Early Public Service Experience

While in law school, Khalifah was committed to public service. She volunteered at the Main Street Legal Defense Service, which was formed to provide legal defense to those with economic challenges in Queens, New York. She also volunteered with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, which was another organization formed to provide free legal defense for indigent residents of New York, New York.

Khalifah has always emphasized the importance of educating people of their legal rights. As such, she began doing legal research and collecting legal statistics for DonDiva magazine. She also authored an article which was published in DonDiva magazine entitled "Shut Up, You Can't Save Yourself," which was written to provide insight about the right to remain silent (Miranda rights.)

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District Attorney Experience

After graduating law school, she became an assistant district attorney in Bronx, New York. She was assigned to the trial bureau, where she successfully prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases. During her time at the Bronx district attorney's office, she began to sharpen her skills as a criminal trial attorney, conducting numerous jury and bench trials.

Private Practice

After leaving the Bronx district attorney's office, Khalifah began focusing on personal injury matters. She tried numerous cases on behalf of injured parties and negotiated millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of injured victims. Some of Khalifah's most noteworthy accomplishments included receiving a six-figure jury verdict for a client who was slashed during a bar assault and negotiating a monetary settlement on behalf of an individual who was discriminated against by Burger King due to a hearing disability.

While employed as an associate at a Newark law firm, Khalifah was counsel to several urban school districts, municipalities and public housing authorities throughout New Jersey. During that time, Khalifah was responsible for providing defense on behalf of public entities for legal claims such as employment/personnel matters, laws against discrimination, Title 59 claims, collective bargaining agreements and numerous other legal matters affecting public entities.

Khalifah also served as corporation counselor for the city of East Orange as she was charged with management of the law department, which consisted of covey or assisted corporation counsels specializing in litigation, employment and real estate tax, redevelopment contract, worker's compensation and various areas of law impacting municipal government.

Khalifah also serves as deputy counsel to the board of chosen freeholders for the county of Essex, where she assists in the development of ordinances and resolutions on behalf of the freeholder board.

Khalifah continues to serve as counsel for various municipal entities throughout the state of New Jersey. She is a well-respected attorney who has a wide range of experience in various areas of law, which has enabled her to develop and maintain a diverse body of clients.