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Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

Civil Rights Litigator & Appellate Attorney
  • Appeals & Appellate, Civil Rights, Employment Law
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Summary

Ayesha N. Khan has extensive civil rights and appellate experience, having formerly served as a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice and as the Legal Director of a national civil rights organization. She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, every federal circuit, and state appellate courts throughout the country. She has also litigated extensively at the trial level in federal and state courts nationwide. Her clients have ranged from private individuals to commercial entities, local school districts to municipalities, and state governments to the United States.

She concentrates her practice on two areas. She is an appellate generalist who represents individual and corporate clients throughout the country in matters involving a virtually unlimited array of subject areas, including business disputes, constitutional questions, civil rights issues, and family law. She also represents individual plaintiffs in trial-level civil rights cases involving, among other things, sexual harassment, racial profiling, and LGBTQ issues. She is an aggressive, thorough, and compassionate advocate for her clients.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Class Actions
  • General & Commercial Litigation/Trials
  • Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyright & Patents
  • Personal Injury & Products Liability
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Maryland
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1st Circuit
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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4th Circuit
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5th Circuit
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6th Circuit
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7th Circuit
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8th Circuit
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9th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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11th Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner, Litigation and Appellate Practice
Potomac Law Group
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Deputy Chief
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Appellate Section
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Legal Director
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
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Staff Counsel
ACLU National Prison Project
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Associate
Covington & Burling
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Education
University of California - Berkeley
J.D. (1989)
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Honors: Order of the Coif (rank: top 5% of class); Women in the Public Interest Scholarship
Activities: CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW; Articles Editor, BERKELEY WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. | Philosophy
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Honors: Degree Awarded with Highest Distinction, Rank: Top 3%; James B. Angell Scholar; University Honors 1984
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Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar  # 426836
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Maryland State Bar Association
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Women's Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Attorney Fees under the Prison Litigation Reform Act: Interpretations and Challenges
13 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION AND ATTORNEY FEES (Clark Boardman Callaghan Pub., Steve Saltzman ed., 1997)
Holy Headache: Is Bufferin’ an Adequate Prescription for the Rev. Phelps?
2010 CARDOZO L. REV. DE NOVO 388 (2010) (lead author, with Michael Blank)
The Application of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to the Segregation of HIV-Positive Inmates
65 WASH. L. REV. 839 (1990)
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: When Nondiscrimination Principles Collide with Religious Freedom
Maryland Bar Journal (forthcoming in July/Aug. 2017 issue)
Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't: The Pitfalls and Pratfalls of Complying with the Establishment Clause
Municipal Lawyer Magazine
At a Crossroads: The Intersection Between Religious Liberties and Nondiscrimination Principles
PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE? RECONCILING NON-DISCRIMINATION PRINCIPLES WITH CIVIL LIBERTIES (U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ed., 2013)
Websites & Blogs
Website
Partner, Potomac Law Group
Contact & Map
Rock Creek Law, LLC
5309 Burling Terrace
Bethesda, MD 20814
Toll-Free: (301) 246-0346
Potomac Law Group, PLLC
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: (202) 836-7136
Fax: (202) 318-7707