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Karima Tawfik

Associate

Washington, DC
 
 
 

How Karima Helps Clients

Karima Tawfik is a versatile lawyer focusing on international and cross-border issues, white collar defense, and civil practice including breach of contract, tort, and medical malpractice cases. Karima regularly represents clients in federal district court, appellate matters, in the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as before the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, and other governmental agencies. She also advises clients on COVID-19-related federal and state laws.

She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, where she worked on a wide range of cases and trials in Houston and along the United States-Mexico border, including passport revocation, criminal smuggling, employment, tort, and prisoner civil rights cases. Karima received the William W. Bishop Jr. Award for international law and a Certificate of Merit in international trade law from the University of Michigan Law School.

What Clients Can Expect

Karima is thorough in her research and communicates with clients on a regular basis to ensure that they are kept fully informed of developments at each stage of litigation. She also draws upon her clerkship experience to inform her approach to drafting legal briefs and representing clients in court.

Outside the Office

In her personal time, Karima enjoys swimming, biking, checking out the D.C. performing arts scene, and spending time with her family and friends.

Proof Points

  • Wrote motion for bond and motion to suppress briefings for client charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit drugs, and money laundering in criminal proceeding in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Wrote sections of briefing for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding motion for bond in criminal matter.
  • Wrote sections of amicus brief for United States Supreme Court in class action lawsuit on violations of the Stored Communications Act, cited by two Supreme Court Justices during oral argument.
  • Represented multinational company in successfully settling a garnishment matter in Virginia state court without need for court intervention.
  • Wrote briefings defending healthcare client in COVID-19 tort litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Drafted motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment defending healthcare client in COVID-19 tort litigation in California and Kansas.
  • Serve as Counsel for two breach of contract cases in D.C. Superior Court.
  • Advise U.S. companies on export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations, including OFAC sanctions programs.
  • Advise U.S. healthcare companies on evolving federal and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements across over twenty state locations.
  • Advised client on use of force laws and de-escalation best practices for client’s use of force policy.