Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association Annual Gala 2022



Distinguished Alumni Awards

Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi '00

Zahid N. Quraishi was appointed as a United States District Judge on June 23, 2021.  Zahid, who is of Pakistani ancestry, is the first Muslim American to serve as an Article III judge in the United States.  Zahid previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey in the Trenton Vicinage since 2019 where he was the first Asian-American to serve on the federal court in New Jersey.

Prior to his appointments to the federal bench, he was Chair of Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and his firm's first Chief Diversity Officer.  His practice focused on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation.

In private practice, Zahid had extensive experience representing clients with government enforcement and compliance issues involving potential criminal charges.  He regularly managed complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of corporations, and their officers, directors, and employees.  Zahid has represented both companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations involving violations of securities law, healthcare fraud, money laundering, computer crimes, environmental statutes, public corruption, and tax laws among other white collar areas of law.  His practice also extended to representing both corporations and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Zahid provided leadership in advancing the firm’s diversity and inclusion values, and assumed overall responsibility for overseeing its diversity and inclusion goals.

Before joining Riker, Zahid served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for over five years. He tried numerous federal criminal cases involving public corruption, financial fraud, perjury, firearms and narcotics offenses within the Special Prosecutions Division and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Government Fraud Units of the Criminal Division. 

Zahid’s government service and prosecutorial experience extends well beyond his years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  He previously represented the United States as an Assistant Chief Counsel and trial attorney with the Department of Homeland Security.  He also served as a military prosecutor and achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  In the Army, Zahid was assigned to the First Infantry Division stationed in Germany and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006 before he was honorably discharged.

George E. McPhee '92

Bio coming soon.

Jeanne LoCicero '00

Bio coming soon.