Clients describe Asaad as aggressive and passionate about the law and their interests, and they rely on his ability to provide solutions-oriented advice for complex and high-risk circumstances.
A business and commercial litigator, Asaad knows and understands his clients’ businesses, helping them address day-to-day issues, comply with applicable laws and regulations and protect their companies in litigation. He works with regional, national, and international businesses, high-net-worth individuals, and nonprofit entities on issues ranging from intra-corporate/shareholder battles, employment and labor disputes, estate and trust litigation, products liability and insurance/indemnification issues.
He frequently serves in the role of outside counsel for nonprofit and cultural organizations. In addition, he guides a growing number of business clients on corporate governance, best practices, information security, compliance, dispute resolution and international transactions. As co-chair of the firm’s Health Law & Pharmacy Law practice, Asaad offers his substantial knowledge and legal acumen to businesses in these highly regulated fields.
Asaad also handles client matters involving allegations of white-collar crime and regulatory non-compliance, as well as First Amendment issues, professional misconduct, and attorney ethics. He regularly appears in state and federal court and before arbitration panels.
Asaad is passionate about the law, with an ongoing commitment to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into shaping the practice of law in New Jersey. He serves on both the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charges Committee and is a trustee for both the Bergen County Bar Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.
Assad is a leader supporting increased diversity in the legal profession and is instrumental in ensuring all voices are heard in addressing changes to court rules and new legislation related to court practice. He is involved in specialty bar associations and committees that impact how judges explain controlling legal principles to juries as they evaluate guilt and innocence during trials.
Asaad has served as a member of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board since 2011 and is presently the vice-chair. He is a frequent author and presenter on topics, including white-collar crime, compliance, insurance coverage, and diversity.
He has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2017.
- American Bar Foundation, fellow
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Board of Trustees
- Bergen County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
- American Bar Association, member
- Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, lifetime member
- National Asian-Pacific Lawyers Association, member
- Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, member
- National Association of Muslim Lawyers, member
- New Jersey State Bar Association General Council, member, 2011-2014
- New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, member and co-founder, board member, four-term president 2008-2014
- American Bar Association Advisory Panel, member, 2008-2013
- New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, 2009-2013, and chair, 2012, Diversity Trailblazer Award Criteria Review Subcommittee
- Muslim Bar Association of New York, member and co-founder, two-term vice-president and board member 2006-2011
- American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee, vice-chair, 2007-2008
- New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, member, 2016-present
- New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charges Committee, member, 2014-present
- New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board, member, 2011-present
- Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Board of Trustees, member, 2017-present
- Bergen County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, member, 2020
- Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, member, 2012-2014
- New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, member, 2009-2011
- Co-Author, “Implicit Bias: Considerations for Employers to Avoid Liability Stemming From its Impact,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2023
- Co-Special Editor, “Tax Law,” 10-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, December 2019
- Co-Special Editor, “View From the Judiciary,” 13-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, June 2018
- Co-Special Editor, “Cybersecurity,” eight-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, December 2016
- Author, “Ethical Considerations for Attorney Marketing 2014,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, July 2014
- Co-Special Editor, “Compliance,” 13-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, June 2014
- Special Editor, “Young Lawyers,” 11-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, August 2013
- Author, “Is FCPA Insurance Coverage Right for Your Company?,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Newsletter, April 5, 2013
- Special Editor, “White-Collar Crime,” 10-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, February 2013
- Author, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What American Companies Doing Business Overseas Need to Know,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, February 2013
- Author, “Foreign Corruption Endangers Bottom Lines in America,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Newsletter, June 8, 2012
- Co-Special Editor, “Business Development and Marketing,” 15-article New Jersey Lawyer Magazine issue, April 2012
- Author, “Ethical Considerations for Attorney Marketing,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2012
- Co-author, “The Future of Business Development for New Jersey Law Firms in 2012,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2012 (with Susan B. Storch)
- Author, “Welcome to the City of Bytes? A Survey of Traditional Methods Employed in the International Application of Jurisdiction over Internet Activities, Including a Critique of Suggested Approaches,” 14 N.Y. INT’L L. REV. 43, 2001
- Comment, com, “Exempting Deep Pockets: A Criticism of Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and an Appeal for More Protection,” originally published online Aug. 1, 2000
- Case Summary/Decision, 13 N.Y. INT’L L. REV. 123, 2000, “In re Impounded,” 178 F.3d 150 (3rd Cir. 1999)
- Speaker, “We All Lose Sometimes – Here’s How the Most Successful Attorneys Make It Count,” Continuing Legal Education at NJSBA, March 27, 2023
- Panelist, “Tips for Effectively Dealing With Inside and Outside Clients,” ABA Section of Litigation, March 26, 2019
- Panelist, Judicial Clerkships, North American South Asian Law Students Association, March 26, 2016
- Speaker, “The FCPA & Why It Matters,” Continuing Education Seminar at Leaf, Saltzman, Manganelli, Tendler & Miele, LLP, August 23, 2012
- Speaker, “Know Your Rights” Presentation, Princeton University, June 19, 2010
- Panelist, “Legal & Financial Seminar for New York/New Jersey Area Mosques & Nonprofits – Nonprofit Governance 101: What Every Muslim Nonprofit Leader Needs to Know,” Muslim Advocates, March 6, 2010
- Panelist, “Muslim Americans and the Legal Profession after September 11,” Yale Law School’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference, February 20, 2010
- Panelist, “Sixth Annual Constance Baker Motley Symposium: Diversity at the Downturn,” New York State Bar Association, January 25, 2010
- Panelist, “Legal Advocacy Activism,” Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals, March 27, 2008
- Quoted, “Bergen County Bar Association removes pronouns from bylaws to make wording more inclusive,” NJ.com, December 29, 2022
- “Designing a Facilitation Payments Policy to Minimize Liability and Retain Flexibility (Part Two of Two),” The FCPA Report, August 8, 2012
- “Designing a Facilitation Payments Policy to Minimize Liability and Retain Flexibility (Part One of Two),” The FCPA Report, July 25, 2012
- “Muslims in the American Legal Profession,” radio interview and discussion, WBAI 99.5, Radio Tahrir, September 6, 2011
- Quoted, “Christie Blasts Critics of New Judge,” The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2011
- Quoted, “Superior Court Nominee Rose to Prominence as Key Voice of N.J.’s Muslim Community,” The Star Ledger, February 13, 2011
- Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2001-2002