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Karima Tawfik

Karima Tawfik


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.  Karima regularly represents clients in federal district court, appellate matters, in the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as before the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, 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

  • Advise U.S. companies as to export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations, including OFAC sanctions programs.
  • Represented client in motion for bond in Middle District of Florida, resulting in grant of bond.
  • Represented client in motion to suppress briefings in criminal proceeding in Eastern District of Texas.
  • Represented U.S. manufacturer in successful antidumping investigation, resulting in favorable outcome by Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission.
  • Represented multinational company in successfully settling a garnishment matter in Virginia state court.
  • Advised U.S. healthcare companies on evolving federal and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements across over twenty state locations.
  • Advise clients on use of force laws and de-escalation best practices.