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Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  • Member, New York state bar

  • Member, Maryland state bar

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Service Award, Immigration Section, Maryland State Bar (2012-2013)

  • Baltimore’s Best Lawyers, Baltimore Magazine, 2003

  • Recipient of Advocacy Division Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2009

  • Outstanding Service Award as AILF Ambassador, AILA DC Chapter, 2007-2008


  • Harvard University, LL.M., 1990

  • University of Nairobi, LL.B., 1979

Professional Memberships

  • Chair-Elect, American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter 2014-2015

  • Vice Chair,American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter 2013 – 2014

  • Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter 2012 – 2013

  • Chair, Maryland State Bar Immigration Section, 2012-2013

  • Treasurer, American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter 2011 – 2012

  • Secretary, Maryland State Bar Immigration Section, 2011-2012

  • Treasurer, Maryland State Bar Immigration Section, 2010-2011

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, D.C. Chapter

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Maryland State Bar Association



  • Fluent in English, Swahilli conversant in Arabic


Languages spoken: Arabic, Spanish, English

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    25 years
  2. Family: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Klaudia Hall

    Naima is a very experienced and well respected attorney in the legal community. Naima contributes greatly to our immigration bar by volunteering on several committees. To name a few, Naima is the Chair-Elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter and past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Immigration Section where we have been working together. We have also participated together at the National Day of Action for several years. In addition, Naima is a frequent speaker at the immigration law conferences where she is educating fellow attorneys on different aspects of the immigration law. I have found her to be not only extremely dedicated to our profession but also very compassionate. Next to her busy work schedule, Naima finds time to help immigrant children on a pro bono basis. She is a real asset to our bar and immigrant community alike. I am honored to endorse Naima!


    Klaudia Hall Immigration Attorney
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  • Sharareh Borhani Hoidra

    Ms. Said is a fantastic & highly knowledgeable immigration attorney. She is well known in the legal community and provides truly zealous advocacy despite having over 20 years of experience! She is still passionate about her work and it shows.


    Sharareh Hoidra Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ste 219
5513 Twinknolls Rd
Columbia, MD, 21045


NYCurrently registered 199107/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel Rating in Immigration LawLead Counsel2014
State Legislation Co-ChairAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2010
Advocacy Division AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2009
Top Lawyers, BaltimoreBaltimore Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyNaima Said & Associates1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationSecretary2011 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Chair2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Chair-Elect2014 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Vice Chair2013 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Secretary2012 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2011 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Special Juvenile ImmigrantsN/A
State-side WaiversSuccess!
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Publication nameTitleDate
Baltimore MagazineBaltimore's Best Lawyers2003
Harvard Law NewsThree Delegates to Rome1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawLL.M - Master of Laws1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maryland State Bar AssociationNavigating Potholes to US Citizenship2011
Maryland State Bar AssociationCriminal and Non-Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility2011
AILA-DC 2010 Chapter ConferencePractical and Creative Immigration Solutions in Tough Times2010