Shahzeen Karim is an Associate Attorney at Akula & Associates,P.C. She represents clients in employment and family-based immigration. Prior to joining this firm, Shahzeen successfully represented family and humanitarian-based immigration matters, including family petition, green card, naturalization, asylum, VAWA and U-Visa cases for a non-profit agency and her solo practice. Before moving to Dallas in 2014, Shahzeen litigated felony and misdemeanor cases as a Criminal Defense attorney in Chicago.
She earned her J.D degree from DePaul University College of Law with focus on litigation and criminal law. Shahzeen graduated with honors with joint B.A. degrees in Criminal Justice and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her undergraduate and law school career, Shahzeen trained teams and competed in national Mock Trial tournaments winning multiple awards along the way, and interned at the Cook County State Attorney’s office in Cook County. Since her graduation, Shahzeen has and continues to provide pro bono services for agencies such as the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Mosaic Family Services and the Human Rights Initiative. Sensing the fear and gap between abused immigrant clients and law enforcement during her volunteer work, Shahzeen moved her specialization to immigration law in 2016 and used her criminal law background to consult non-citizen defendants about immigration consequences of specific criminal charges and convictions.
Shahzeen is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Illinois and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She is an active member with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).
Shahzeen is fluent in Bengali.