Mission

Abdulwahid Law Firm’s mission is to pursue justice for its clients with integrity, compassion, and rigor.

 

Values

Integrity: You can expect us to represent you with the highest degree of transparency, honesty, and ethical conduct. Earning and maintaining your trust is something we take very seriously.

Compassion: When you to come to Abdulwahid Law Firm, you will be treated with respect and understanding. We seek to serve you with empathy, not judgment, as well as with sensitivity to your particular needs.

Rigor: As a client, you can expect us to work tirelessly and diligently on your behalf. No case is too small to deserve our full and careful attention.

 

Abdulwahid OsmanAbdulwahid Sheikh Osman, J.D., LL.M.
Principal Attorney

I believe that justice begins with human dignity. As the founder of Abdulwahid Law Firm, I am committed to treating you with understanding and respect, whatever your background. As a former refugee myself, I have been in the same boat as many of my clients. I know what a challenge it is to face the complexities of new legal and social services systems. As a former Hennepin County Human Services Officer, I learned that compassion, empathy, and dedication are the keys to providing exceptional service to people in need. These experiences drive me to serve others in their pursuit of justice and a better life for themselves and their families.

I am an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota. I am well versed in a variety of legal areas and can accommodate the needs of a variety of clients. I am proud to be a Somali Minnesotan, with roots in my adopted community and my culture, as well as a global outlook. I live in Minneapolis with my wife and four children. I serve on the boards of several community-based organizations.

My individual practice is not only motivated by the desire to serve others, but also by a “big picture” understanding of the law. I have more than 10 years of teaching and research experience at the University of Minnesota Law School. I am an expert in the areas of Comparative Constitutional Law, International Law (including Human Rights Law), Islamic law, and the Rule of Law. I was the founding Chair of the Somaliland Law Reform Commission, working to build a post-conflict justice system. I also taught university-level courses through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Hargeisa, Somalia. In 2012, I was appointed by the Somali Transitional Government to be a Senior Policy Advisor on Justice and Rule of Law to the President of Somalia. In this role, I conceived, organized and successfully executed the first ever Somali National Dialogue on Justice Reform. I am a frequent guest speaker at universities and colleges, as well as a commentator for local and international media outlets (including BBC, VOA, and local Minnesota media).

This legal policy work has endowed me with a deep understanding of how individuals interact with the law and what is needed to best serve their needs. My unique, multicultural perspective helps guide my clients through the U.S. legal system successfully.

 

Education

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Master of Laws (LLM), British Common Law & Islamic Law, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B) (Hons), International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan

 

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit

 

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

 

We Speak:

  • Somali
  • Arabic