Abdullah Salim, JD, Esq.

Abdullah Salim, JD, Esq.

Title: Attorney at Law
Company: Law Office of Abdullah Salim, JD, PC
Location: Beltsville, Maryland, United States

Abdullah Salim, JD, Esq., Attorney at Law at Law Office of Abdullah Salim, JD, PC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil rights law.

Mr. Salim achieved a Bachelor of Arts in ancient history and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 before attaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the George Mason University School of Law in 1981. Influenced by his family history, Mr. Salim’s father was the first African-American to run for governor of North Carolina, as well as a civil rights leader, licensed dentist and minister whose home was bombed due to his activism. Taking from his father’s work, he quickly found his niche in civil rights law as a way to contribute to the betterment of society and hold those in positions of leadership accountable. A humanitarian at heart, Mr. Salim has dedicated 30 years of his career to serving those deprived by society and educating the privileged.

Admitted to practice law in Maryland in 1983, Mr. Salim commenced his professional career out of his private practice, Law Office of Abdullah Salim, JD, PC. Specializing in immigration naturalization and civil and human rights, he flourished in his role until 2014. Simultaneously, he was a history consultant with Abdullah Salim & Associates for 30 years and an adjunct professor of law at Hagerstown Community College in the early 1990s. Notably, since 2014, Mr. Salim has excelled as a ship captain of Historic Tours of America. In addition, he has served the U.S. Coast Guard as licensed master captain since 2011, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a flotilla commander since 2009 and civil rights coordinator since 2015. To add to his positions, he has been a trustee of the A.L. Richardson Scholarship Fund since 1984.

Renowned for his career success, Mr. Salim was the recipient of the Immigration Law Award from Ayuda Neighborhood Services in 1981 and was honored for Courageous and Visionary Efforts to Establish African and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Additionally, in 2015 and 2016, he was the recipient of Outstanding Leadership Awards from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He attributes his success to his family background, as well as his knowledge and understanding of the law. Presently, Mr. Salim maintains affiliation with the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, International Platform Association, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, National Bar Association and American Society of International Law. Likewise, he is involved with the Alumni Associations of George Mason University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as Phi Delta Phi.

Prior to his career in law, Mr. Salim was a morning news carrier for the Charlotte Observer Newspaper and a librarian assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the 1960s. He was a writer and researcher for Pride Inc. in 1970, a teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools in 1970 and 1971 and a senior appraiser and claim representative with Aetna Life and Casualty Company from 1971 to 1978. At the end of the 1970s, Mr. Salim also served as a manager of Associated IV Theaters and a public transportation manager for D.C. Barwood Cabs. Between 1981 and 1984, he was a manager for E&S Consultant and a material damage consultant for Crawford & Company.

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