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Shifa Jamal Alkhatib

Employment and labor Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

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Ms. Shifa Alkhatib is the managing partner at HKM Employment Attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Alkhatib represents employees in all aspects of employment law matters. Prior to joining HKM Employment Attorneys, she served as a Public Defender for Maricopa County where she gained extensive jury trial experience. Ms. Alkhatib graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2013. As a student, she worked with the Arizona Justice Project, the ACLU, and the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Alkhatib also interned for an international NGO that advocated for prisoners rights. Ms. Alkhatib is a board member for the Homeless Legal Assistance Project and the Treasurer of the Central Arizona National Lawyers Guild.

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Licensed for 8 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2017
Updated 11/17/2022
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 03/17/2023

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HKM Employment Attorneys LLP
1 N 1st Street
Suite 711
Phoenix, AZ, 85004


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Posted by Delaney | September 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Easy Experience
Working with HKM was a very easy process. I was having issues at work and Shifa was quick to help and answered all my questions. She worked quickly to be in contact with others and kept in touch with me regularly to keep me updated. Hopefully I never have any other concerns or issues but if I do, I will be contacting her.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I had a GREAT experience with Shifa! Upon reaching out to her, I had a meeting within the week, and my issue (that had been ongoing for over seven weeks) was resolved within ONE week of my consultation! So grateful for my experience, 10/10 would recommend.
Posted by Marrandi | February 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Shifa has been amazing and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. She goes above and beyond for her clients! Professional , hardworking , and very good communication.
Posted by Chris | February 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
More Than I Could've Ever Asked for in an Attorney
After researching for two weeks, I chose to work with HKM Employment Attorneys and was paired with Shifa Alkhatib. At that time of choosing an attorney, I was very nervous and after talking to two other attorneys and then Shifa with HKM, I finally felt a little more settled with my decisions and only more as time passed. Before even moving forward with the case, Shifa ensured I had all the information up front, all my questions were answered, and everything I needed was done to perfection. (All the while I was dealing with massive PTSD and anxiety, in which I cannot begin to speak enough on how incredibly she handled me during such a hard time in my life, if not the hardest). I'd never dealt with anything before, like the issues I'd faced with this employer.. Shifa Alkhatib made me feel as though she truly had my best interest at heart. She understood what I was trying to accomplish, explaining everything along the way in full detail (which was very important to me as a VERY detail oriented person). I never had to wait to be contacted, she was always on the ball, on time and far exceeded what I had ever expected in an attorney, her communication skills far exceeded what I imagined! Now I may have taken the cake for her most difficult case, or close to it... However with the rapport Shifa built with me, the trust, respect (which is my biggest thing) and communication; I was able to finally let go of most of my anxiety surrounding it all, (solely because of my trust in Shifa) and just let it be what it would. She fought with every last legal tactic she had at her disposal, using outside professionals, consulting her partner etc. In the end, the case settled out of court and I could never say enough good things about Shifa and her team at HKM Employment Attorneys! Enough so, that yes, my case may have been her most/more difficult case(s), but regardless, she worked harder than I could've ever asked for or imagined. So yes, after everything was said an done I brought the office some donuts and a card, and Shifa, flowers and card with a thank you gift. Because that's what you do in my book when you're as grateful as I am.
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Posted by COLETTE | January 20, 2022
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Such a good Atorney
If you are looking for an employment attorney, it is because you are facing an important, complex issue. I called HKM, was referred to Shifa Alkhatib. After my initial conversation, I knew she was a great choice!!! She proved to be highly knowledgeable, very professional, an excellent tactical negotiator, and very client-focused. She was a beacon of hope at a time when my options appeared limited. Her legal expertise helped me fully understand the complex legal process, what my likely outcomes were and guide me through to the best options available. I cannot thank her enough for all she did for me with my situation, it meant a great deal to me and my family. I will always be grateful for her attitude of "Above and Beyond" to me as her client. Would give her 10 stars..., no, 100 stars if I could.
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Posted by Adam | January 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
10/10 Would Hire Again
I recently hired Mrs. Alkhatib to represent me in my employment case. I can't say enough positive things. First, she was methodical and strategic. She was able to dig into my case to determine the best strategy almost immediately. She then discussed the different options and the process that she felt would return the best results for me while leaving all my options available. She was very strategic in her communications with my employer's attorney and this produced the result I was looking for. Ms. Alkhatib's experience, knowledge, and ability to advise and guide me were exactly what I needed. I would recommend her for anyone in need of an employment law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Attorney!
Shifa represented my on an employment case where I was wrongfully terminated. My former employer is a large billion dollar company who does not shy away from employment cases. After Shifa presented the facts to the opposing counsel and mediator in a very precise manner and as result I received a stress-free settlement that was twice as much as I expected.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2020
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She's the best
She is great knows what she is doing and breaks it down for you know understand she's helped me out and explained it all to my understanding love her and her work thanks alot
Posted by Karen | October 3, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great experience & very informative
I consulted with Shifa. She was empathetic, helped me to understand my case more in-depth & was extremely informative. I highly recommend her and I am sincerely thankful for her time and expertise.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-475 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • HKM Employment Attorneys
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defenders Office
  • 2014 - 2019


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Arizona State University
  • Global Studies
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • State v. Barrett
  • Not Guilty


  • Homeless Legal Assistance Project
  • N/A
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic

Honors and Awards

  • Book Scholarship
  • 2012


  • Law Journal for Social Justice
  • Torture of Children upon Interrogation
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • International Law Weekend
  • Globalization of Child Rights
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
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Employment and labor Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Shifa for years at a previous firm. During our time working together, I was able to see the amazing work that Shifa did and the great results she obtained for her clients. I highly recommend Shifa for any type of employment or criminal defense case."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shifa is a strong advocate who fiercely fights for employees against all types and sizes of companies. I have consulted with her on a number of cases and she provides a unique perspective while maintaining the big picture. She is knowledgeable, competent, and passionate. Anyone who retains her is in good hands."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shifa Alkhatib is a smart and dedicated attorney. Ms. Alkhatib is a strategist with years of experience fighting for her clients both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. She carefully analyzes her cases to determine the strengths and weaknesses to be able to marshal the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses. She works hard to get the most favorable result for her clients. I would have and have personally recommended Ms. Alkhatib to anyone who needs a strong advocate in their employment case."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shifa is an outstanding lawyer who takes a personalized and strategic approach to all of her cases. While working with her, I was able to see first hand how meticulous and prepared she was on each of her cases. I highly recommend Shifa."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shifa and I were attorneys together at a previous firm. I was always impressed by her analytical abilities and empathy. She truly cares for her clients and works hard to achieve a favorable outcome for them. I trust her work ethic and intellect and have referred loved ones to her in the past when they have experienced legal problems in the work place. There is no one I trust more to handle an employment issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked alongside Shifa for years. I watched first-hand and she spent countless hours fighting on behalf of her clients for the best possible outcome. Shifa cares deeply about her work and her clients. She is professional, intelligent, and understands the human-side of practicing law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shifa and I met when we both were involved in the same non-profit organization that worked to help indigenous countries, impoverished communities, and people in dire need. Since then, Shifa has used her passion and her legal knowledge to help so many people. Her legal career has assisted countless homeless individuals to achieve a better life, hundreds of indigent people accused of crimes to not be swallowed by our criminal justice system, and now, numerous individuals who face discrimination and inequality in the workplace. Shifa is one of the first people I turn to for legal answers and assistance. Not only does she have a strong grasp of the law, but she has the kindness and the passion to truly want to help people. I cannot say enough about Shifa as a lawyer, as a friend, and as a human. Any client would be fortunate to have her by his/her side."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Shifa together on numerous cases that resulted in fantastic outcomes for our clients. She is passionate and results driven in the courtroom and is sympathetic to the needs of her clients throughout the entire legal process. I highly recommend Shifa for any type employment or criminal defense case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shifa and I were co-counsel on a drug possession case, which went to trial. It was a true pleasure working with Shifa. She is very responsible, and dedicated to her work. Her trial skills are sharp. I highly recommend Shifa."
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Phoenix Employment and labor Lawyer Shifa Jamal Alkhatib
Shifa Jamal Alkhatib
Employment and labor Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 8 years
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