Madiha S. Siddiqui
Madiha S. Siddiqui is an Associate Attorney with Akula & Associates, P.C., where she advises corporate clients on business immigration compliance in an ever-changing legal landscape. While assisting companies navigate immigration laws and policies, Madiha has developed a passion for providing strong and diligent representation to the firm’s clients. Madiha has also successfully represented clients in family and humanitarian-based immigration matters, including family petition, green card, naturalization, asylum, and VAWA cases.
Madiha graduated from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where she earned a full tuition scholarship and awards for top performance in multiple courses, including the Immigration Family Protection Clinic, International Law & Organizations, and Employment Law. In addition to earning the Outstanding Clinical Student Award and Commitment to Service Award in law school, Madiha was presented with the Distinguished Graduate Award by the dean and faculty for her scholarship, ethics, and service to the law school and legal community. As editor-in-chief of the Chapman Law Review, Madiha produced three scholarly issues, including one symposium issue on immigration law, and published a scholarly article.
Prior to joining Akula & Associates, Madiha served as an Associate Attorney at the international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, counseling corporate clients, including several Fortune 500 companies, on their rights to claim antitrust class action settlement funds. Madiha earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in Political Science, with a minor in History.
Madiha has been personally touched by the life-changing potential that successful immigration can bring. She greatly enjoys her role as a counselor in the immigration process and is honored to serve the immigrant community.
- California, Admitted 2015
Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law
- Juris Doctor (2015), Top 20%
- Editor-in-Chief, Chapman Law Review
- Full Merit Scholarship
- Distinguished Graduate Award; Outstanding Clinical Student Award; Commitment to Service Award
University of California, Irvine
- Bachelor of Arts (2012), magna cum laude, Political Science
- Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
- Dean’s Honor List; Political Science Honors; Chancellor’s Award of Distinction
- UC Regents’ and Alumni Associate Endowed Scholarships
- We Won’t Be Banned: Fighting the 2017 Muslim Bans, Council on American-Islamic Relations – California (2018).
- “The More Muslim You Are, the More Trouble You Can Be”: How Government Surveillance of Muslim Americans Violates First Amendment Rights, 18 Chap. L. Rev. 577 (2015).
Pro Bono Activities
- Volunteer Attorney, Naturalization Clinics (Public Law Center, CAIR-LA, & Asian Americans Advancing Justice, LA), 2013 – 2017
- Volunteer Attorney, Domestic Violence Assistance Program (Public Law Center), 2016 – 2017
- “Impact of Immigration Policy on Survivors of Family Violence” Panel, O.C. Family Violence Conference, November 2017
- “Diverse Women in the Law” Panel, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, February 2017
- “Professional Development Day” Keynote and Graduate School Panels, University of California, Irvine, January 2017