Hdeel Abdelhady entered private law practice in 2002, but she has not spent her years in law practice behind a desk counting billable hours. Ms. Abdelhady has engaged with diverse legal, business, public policy, and other communities in the United States and abroad. In private practice with two of the largest international law firms, Ms. Abdelhady has effectively represented and forged lasting relationships with U.S. and foreign banks, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other parties, both as outside and in-house secondment counsel. In large firm and independent practice, Ms. Abdelhady has handled transactions, regulatory compliance, and disputes matters.
Ms. Abdelhady has long been a leader in the American Bar Association, serving currently as the ABA Section of International Law’s Liaison to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, as a Senior Advisor to the Middle East Committee, and as a member of the Rule of Law Initiative’s Middle East and North Africa Council Board.
Since 2004, Ms. Abdelhady has served as an Adjunct Professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, from which she earned her JD. She has engaged with nonprofit organizations as outside counsel (including pro bono) and as a member of the Board of Directors of a Washington, D.C.-based, Gates Foundation backed nonprofit organization that advocates for women’s rights and as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advancing the rule of law in a North African country.
Blending her legal, business and international experience, Ms. Abdelhady has collaborated with DC Metro area private and public parties on enhancing foreign investment in and international engagement with regional biohealth and technology enterprises.
Ms. Abdelhady has over the years conceived and executed a number of legal, business, and professional programs and initiatives that have brought together major banks, companies, and professional and industry organizations to explore and inform on key legal, business, and policy issues.
An avid writer, Ms. Abdelhady has published in academic, industry, and news publications on business, banking and finance, policy, and foreign affairs. Her speaking engagements have covered banking and finance, international commercial and public law, and
With diverse legal and professional experience and a broad network, Ms. Abdelhady brings added value to client and professional engagements, asking questions that are not often asked and connecting the dots between legal, business, and policy matters involving the United States and foreign jurisdictions.