MEET OUR TEAM

Bio: Ex–Colonel, worked in Dubai Police for 25 years. After his retirement in 2003, he joined the Bar Association as a registered UAE Attorney before all levels of UAE Courts and Tribunals.
Bio: Founder and Managing Partner, Firas is the driving force of the firm providing not only his expertise in highly complex, high value litigation and arbitration cases but also the firm’s vision.

Mr. Firas Al Shoufi

Managing Partner

Bio: Wearing two hats as Chief Operations Officer and Head of Arbitration, Sharon is responsible for the firm’s day-to-day operations and management of the firm’s many arbitration cases.

Ms. Sharon P. Stultz-Karim

Chief Operations Officer Head of Arbitration

Bio: Raed is our Head of Litigation and has extensive experience with more than 15 years in the legal profession. Fluent in both Arabic and English, he specializes in litigation and dispute resolution, plus commercial and construction disputes.

Mr. Raed Kanj

Head of Litigation

Bio: Bio: Bringing along her vast experience and expertise as a qualified solicitor (England and Wales), Madeleine adds a unique service for our expat clients by heading our Family Law practice. Madeleine represents and advises UAE based expats on family law matters including divorce and child protection through the Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or English Courts.

Ms. Madeleine Mendy

Head of Family Law Department

Bio: A key member of our office staff that ensures our firm operates efficiently, Accounts, IT, and Administrative Manager Muhammad is fluent in 3 languages: English, Arabic and Urdu.

Mr. Muhammad Shabbir

Administration Manager

Bio: A highly experienced Business Development Manager, Vitaly has more than a quarter of a century's expertise in business development and expansion. He holds a PhD from the Swedish School of Economics and is fluent in English and Russian.

Mr. Vitaly Shiptisn

Business Development Manager

Bio: Our dynamic Public Relations Manager Aygul is in charge of promoting the firm’s image and reputation in the region. As well as holding a Masters in banking and finance, she is fluent in English, Turkish, Russian and Azeri.

Ms. Aygul Adigozalova

Public Relations Manager

Bio: Senior lawyer and a PhD holder in international law, Dr. Maria has a track record exceeding 14 years’ experience in the legal field. She handles arbitration, commercial and corporate matters, as well as real estate and advisory / due diligence endeavors and international transactions...

Dr. Maria Laura Voda

Senior Legal Counsel

Bio: Senior Litigation Lawyer, Samir has over 2 decades of experience with a specialty in criminal cases. He's won ground breaking criminal cases in Abu Dhabi High Federal Court and Dubai Courts, and speaks both Arabic and English.

Mr. Samir Ghonam

Senior Legal Consultant

Bio: Ramadan is a senior litigation lawyer who has handled more than 800 real estate cases in his impressive 12-year career as a lawyer. He speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Ramadan Nagy

Legal Consultant

Bio: A knowledgeable and diligent lawyer, specialized in criminal and real estate law, Ahmed holds almost a decade of rich litigation and advisory experience. Ahmed speaks both Arabic and English.

Mr. Ahmed Ghazaly

Legal Consultant

Bio: An experienced and energetic member of our team with more than a decade's expertise in litigation, Mohammad Salah handles labor law, family law and rental disputes. He speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Mohammad Salah

Legal Researcher

Bio: Oleysia is our IT, telecommunication and intellectual property law specialist. She has an impressive track record spanning more than 20 years and can speak both English and Russian.

Ms. Olesya Kolko

Legal Researcher