Muhammad Faridi takes office as New York City Bar Association President

May 28, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Muhammad Faridi, newly elected president of the New York City Bar Association, making history as the first Muslim-American to hold the position. Eagle Photo by Rob Abruzzese
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Muhammad Faridi was elected president of the New York City Bar Association at the organization’s annual meeting on May 21, making history as the first Muslim-American to hold the position. Faridi succeeds Susan Kohlmann in this prestigious role.

Faridi, a partner in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He currently serves as the independent civilian representative to the New York City Police Department’s Handschu Committee and has previously served on the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

At the City Bar, Faridi has held multiple leadership roles, including vice president, chair of the board, chair of the Capital Punishment Committee and co-chair of the Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers. His involvement extends to numerous committees, such as International Human Rights, the Rule of Law Task Force, and the Mass Incarceration Task Force.

Alongside Faridi, Sarah Berger of the New York State Unified Court System, Tracee Davis of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Hon. Lillian Wan, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, will serve one-year terms as the City Bar’s vice presidents.

Paula Edgar of PGE Consulting Group LLC and Joe Hamid of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP will continue their roles as Association Secretary and Association Treasurer, respectively. Kevin Schwartz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz will serve as chair of the Board of Directors, with Neysa Alsina of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation as Secretary.

The newly elected members of the Board of Directors include Ana Alfonso of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Anta Cisse-Green of IEEE, Jeremy Feigelson of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Michael Fernández of Cozen O’Connor and Karen Simmons of Brooklyn Law School.

In line with the City Bar’s commitment to diversity, the Board of Directors reflects a balanced representation: 13 women, 13 men, and 60% of members (15 out of 26) are from historically underrepresented groups.

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