Mohammad B. Shihabi
Mohammad Shihabi was born in Los Angeles, California and attended high school in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Mohammad received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. During his time at law school, Mohammad worked as a Student Attorney for the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, where he represented low-income clients in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Superior Court and the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings on a variety of cases that included claims of wage theft and denials of unemployment compensation benefits.
After law school, Mohammad worked at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, where he enforced civil rights statutes and court decisions involving elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education, including those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, and sex. During his time at the Department of Justice, Mohammad investigated school districts and statewide education programs across the country, and was instrumental in negotiating, successfully executing, and monitoring settlement agreements that tackled discriminatory practices at schools and state departments of education across the country, including segregation, sexual harassment of students, and denial of equal educational opportunities for students who are English Language Learners.
Prior to joining Messner Reeves, Mohammad worked for the Law Enforcement Bureau of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where he was tasked with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations through the investigation and prosecution of claims alleging violations of the law.