Palestinian American Bar Association

About Us

Mission Statement

The Palestinian American Bar Association (PABA) is dedicated to fostering legal excellence and community engagement within the Palestinian American legal community.   PABA is a voluntary bar association and provides a platform for legal professionals of Palestinian descent to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the advancement of the practice of law in the United States through educational initiatives, scholarships, mentorship programs, networking opportunities, legal aid programs, and other initiatives.

We are committed to upholding the principles of justice, fairness, and equality. We strive to empower members of the Palestinian American legal community by promoting a deeper understanding of our community and the challenges we face daily as Palestinians. PABA provides a voice for Palestinian American legal professionals at a time when our voices have been silenced, overlooked, or intentionally distorted.

We aim to use our collective skills and expertise to turn the legal profession into a force for positive change for all Americans.

Board of Directors

PABA has recruited distinguished members of the Palestinian American legal community who uphold the highest level of professional integrity and excellence to serve as members of its initial Board of Directors.

The activities engaged in by the Board of Directors on behalf of PABA are conducted solely in each Director's individual and private capacity and on a volunteer basis. Any references to employers, organizations, or other affiliations in the Directors’ biographical summaries are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to represent any affiliation between PABA and any referenced employers and organizations.
Peter Farah
Ali Alsarraf is a Special Counsel at Jenner & Block LLP, where he represents clients in high stakes domestic and international disputes and investigations. Ali is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Human Rights & Global Strategy, Investigations, Compliance & Defense, and International Arbitration practice groups, and its DEI Protection Task Force. Before joining Jenner & Block, Ali served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann M. Donnelly of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before clerking, Ali was a litigation associate at a top law firm in New York. Ali maintains an active pro bono practice involving immigration, civil rights, and prisoner rights matters.

Ali is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Class of 2024 and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Social Impact Incubator 2024 Cohort. He is the President of the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago. He also co-founded and is the Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Inclusion and Justice, which is dedicated to standing up against hate, bigotry, and discrimination affecting Arab and Muslim communities.

Ali earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and his undergraduate degree from DePaul University.  He resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife and two children.
Peter Farah
Peter Farah is currently the Vice President, ESG, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary of The J.M. Smucker Co., a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer and pet food products in North America.  In his current role, he has primary responsibility within the Legal Department for mergers and acquisitions, securities, and finance, and he leads the Company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts.  Peter also manages the Legal Advisory and Transactions, Real Estate, and Sustainability teams and serves on the Company Leadership Team, ESG Governance Council, Sustainability Steering Committee, and Issues Advisory Council.  

Prior to joining The J.M. Smucker Co., Peter was a Corporate Partner at Dykema Gossett PLLC and Schwartz Cooper Chartered in Chicago, Illinois and a Corporate Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.  Peter also serves on the boards of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, the Arab American Bar Association of Ohio, the National Arab American Bar Association, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Make-A-Wish, and Old Trail School.

Peter received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College.  He resides in Cleveland with his wife and three children.
Dalal Hasan
Dalal Hasan is currently an in-house attorney at a global technology and Fortune 500 company where she provides strategic and legal advice on global compliance with a range of global legislation impacting the tech industry.  She is an experienced compliance executive and attorney with over 14-years experience building, developing, and implementing compliance programs and advising and defending large publicly held multinational corporations in high-risk global investigations and regulatory actions.

Dalal earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in International Politics and Middle East Studies from Georgetown University.
Jill Keblawi
Jill Keblawi is in-house counsel at a global hospitality and Fortune 500 company.  Jill currently focuses on executive compensation matters for the company with expertise in equity compensation, public disclosure and corporate governance relating to executive compensation, and compensation and benefits matters in corporate transactions.  Jill has broad experience in employee benefits law, including tax-qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.  Prior to her in-house role, Jill practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LPP, both in Washington, D.C.

Jill received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  Jill resides in the Woodlands Texas with her husband and three children.
Gabriel Khoury
Gabriel Khoury is a first-generation attorney and the child of Palestinian immigrants. His Palestinian heritage and passion for social justice drove him to pursue a career in law.

As a fintech attorney, Gabriel specializes in digital assets and blockchain-related matters. He assists financial technology companies in navigating the complex regulatory landscape surrounding cryptocurrency and other blockchain technologies. His expertise includes advising on corporate matters, money transmission, anti-money laundering, artificial intelligence, esports, and online gambling-related legal issues. Additionally, Gabriel actively participates in immigration pro bono practice.

Gabriel Khoury earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor for the Georgetown Technology Law Review and worked as a student attorney in the Communications & Technology Law Clinic. He interned at various institutions, including the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a video game law firm, and an intellectual property litigation boutique.
Jawad Muaddi
Jawad Muaddi is Counsel at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, based in the New York Regional Office.  Previously, Jawad practiced at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and focused on litigation and government investigations.  Before entering private practice, Jawad served as a law clerk to Chief United States District Judge Mark E. Fuller of the Middle District of Alabama.  

Jawad graduated from Emory University School of Law and received an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Maryland.  Jawad previously served on the board of the United Taybeh American Association.  He resides in Bronxville, NY with his wife and two children.
Jalal Shehadeh
Jalal “Jay” Shehadeh is the Managing Partner at Shehadeh Giannamore, PLLC.  He focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and banking.  His prior experience includes serving as the Executive-Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors of U.S. Century Bank.  He also previously served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

In addition to career focused activities, Jalal dedicates time to philanthropic activities, primarily related to the subject of Palestine-Israel.  He is also a board member of the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations (COSMOS).  

Jalal grew up in Palestine from the age of 8 until he was 16. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, from Florida International University in 2009 with a Law Degree and from Florida International University in 2017 with a Master’s of Law in Banking Regulations.  Jalal currently lives in Coral Gables, FL with his wife, Katherine Shehadeh, and his two sons, Amir and Nasir.


What purpose does PABA serve?
PABA endeavors to address the existing gap and offer a platform for Palestinian American legal professionals to engage in networking, exchange ideas, enhance career progression, and, most importantly, offer crucial support as we navigate our identity as Palestinian American legal practitioners operating within the United States.