March 20, 2023

Partner Shaimaa Hussein, Co-Chair of Willkie’s M&A Litigation Practice Group, has been honored by Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) for her outstanding pro bono service and commitment to justice.

She was recognized on March 15 at LSNYC’s Jazz for Justice benefit, with Willkie pro bono counsel Stacey Kushlefsky presenting her with the award. In her remarks, Stacey emphasized how Shaimaa has strived to help those in need at every step of her career, including in hard-fought immigration, criminal and housing pro bono matters. “One thing about Shaimaa,” Stacey said, “she does not give up or give in.”

Shaimaa’s leadership in pro bono complements her achievements as a top corporate litigator. Earlier in her career, Shaimaa held an externship at Mobilization for Justice, where she assisted low-income New Yorkers with landlord/tenant matters – an area in which she remains active. Through her work with LSNYC, Shaimaa has successfully litigated against landlords to make much-needed repairs for low-income tenants to ensure their residences are safe and habitable. Also through client referrals from LSNYC, Shaimaa secured asylum for gay men from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and continues to partner with LSNYC assisting immigration clients, housing clients, and transgender and gender nonconforming individuals with name changes.

She is currently leading a class action on behalf of over 300,000 public housing residents against the New York City Housing Authority for failure to provide heat and hot water during one of New York’s coldest winters.

Shaimaa has received numerous other awards for her pro bono service, including the Federal Bar Council’s Thurgood Marshall Award and the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award.

Willkie has long partnered with Legal Services NYC to provide civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. In connection with the Jazz for Justice event, which raised funds for the non-profit, partner Anne Barrett also served on the benefit committee.