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About Me

Imani is Of Counsel at Murad Defense, P.A and currently practices in the area of estate planning, including a specialty practice in Islamic estate planning. Imani also provides services as an expert consultant and/or witness on cases involving Islamic issues.

In addition to her private practice, Imani is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Imani also speaks nationwide on issues related to American Muslims. National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and WCCO Radio featured Imani as a guest. Minnesota Law and Politics magazine and the book A Peace of My Mind by John Noltner also featured Imani's work. Several venues invited Imani to speak including the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Advocates for Human Rights, and colleges and universities across the country. Imani teaches several Continuing Legal Education courses for a variety of organizations on Islamic issues throughout the Twin Cities.


Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Second District Ethics Committee, Investigator 2010-present

  • Landmark Center Board of Directors, Board Member 2009-present, Chair of Building and Events Committee 2010-present

  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Barrister level member 2010-present

  • William Mitchell Alumni Board of Directors, Board Member 2006-2012, Student Affairs Committee Chair 2009-2012

  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Board Member 2006-2011


Published Works:

Women's Rights in Islam regarding Marriage and Divorce, Family Law Forum, Vol. 18, no. 3, Minnesota State Bar Association publication (Summer 2010).

Women's Rights in Islam regarding Marriage and Divorce, William Mitchell College of Law Journal of Law and Practice, 4 Wm. Mitchell J. L. & P. 3 (April 2011).


Professional Background

Imani was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 2004. Imani served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Lloyd Zimmerman in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County, Minnesota, following her graduation from William Mitchell College of Law.

Imani then worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. She was selected to run the housing repair project where she represented hundreds of indigent tenants enforcing their rights to livable housing through rent escrow actions, unlawful detainer defense, and emergency tenant remedy actions. Imani successfully argued a case at the Court of Appeals and did significant community outreach in her time at Legal Aid. Imani also worked with the Ramsey County Public Defender's Office and handled many cases involving a variety of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses.


Educational Background

Imani received her B.A. in English Literature magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001. She then went on to earn her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2004. While at William Mitchell, Imani participated in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court and she argued at the national competition. Imani also received the Student Award of Merit and the Women in Law scholarship.


Community Volunteer Work:

  • Special Olympics Volunteer

  • Islamic Resource Group Senior Speaker

  • Former chair of ISW-EM Girls Youth Group

  • Former vice president/board member of MYLA Youth Scholarship Board of  Directors



Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Estate Planning: 50%



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Steven Murray Coodin

    I know Imani to be a very caring attorney who pays extremely close attention to detail. She also teaches law students and I am willing to bet that her students will make excellent attorneys as well if they learn to practice the way Imani does. I would recommend Imani in the area of estate planning to anyone.


    Steven Coodin DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Murad Defense, P.A.

333 South 7th Street
Suite 2850
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice200406/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2013
Judge Varco Pro Bono Service Award10th District Bench2013
Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer2009
Student Award of MeritWilliam Mitchell College of Law2004
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMohammad, Schiks & Jaafar, P.A.2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWilliam Mitchell College Of Law2007 - Present
Public DefenderRamsey County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2008
AttorneyLegal Aid Society Of Minneapolis2005 - 2007
Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Lloyd ZimmermanHennepin County District Court2004 - 2005
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Second District Ethics CommitteeInvestigator2010 - 2013
Warren E. Burger American Inn of CourtBarrister2010 - Present
Landmark CenterBoard of Directors, Former Chair Building and Events Committee2008 - Present
Minnesota Justice FoundationBoard of Directors2006 - 2011
William Mitchell Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors, Chair of Student Affairs Committee2006 - 2012
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Margaret Stewart v. Lori AndersonAffirmed- victory
Abdulkarim M. Dahir v. Al-Amal School, Al-Amal School Board, Al-Amal School PTA, et alSummary Judgment granted- victory
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Publication NameTitleDate
William Mitchell Law Journal of Law and PracticeWomen's Rights in Islam regarding Marriage and Divorce2011
Family Law Forum (Minnesota Bar, Family Law Section)Women's Rights in Islam regarding Marriage and Divorce2010
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Legal Services Round TableAdvice for Working with a Culturally Diverse Clientele2013
Family Law InstituteWorking with Family Law Clients from Diverse Cultures2013
10th District Equal Justice Committee MeetingWorking Effectively with Muslims2013
Ramsey County Bar Association CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2012
National Mock Trial CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2012
Motor Vehicle Accident Committee CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2012
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2012
Diversity in Practice CLE"Breaking the Template: A Women's Conversation on Diversity within Diversity"2012
Apple Valley Law Library CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2012
Ramsey County Bar Association CLE seriesWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2011
Ramsey County Bar Association CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2011
Minnesota CLE WebcastGetting to Know Your Muslim Client2011
Family law conferenceMarriage in diverse cultures panel2011
William Mitchell Alumni CLE seriesWorking with Muslims2010
Washington County Law Library CLERepresenting Muslim Clients2010
Statewide Judges' ConferenceWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2010
Ramsey County Bar Association, Diversity CommitteeRepresenting Muslim Clients2010
Ramsey County Bar Association CLEWomen's Rights In Islam Regarding Marriage and Divorce2010
Federal Public Defenders CLEWorking Effectively with Muslim Clients2010
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ConferenceWorking with Muslim Clients2008
Minnesota CLEUnderstanding Diverse Cultures2008
Briggs and Morgan CLE lunch seriesWomen's Rights in Islam2007
Advocates for Human Rights CLEWomen's Rights in Islam2007