McManis Faulkner congratulates Of Counsel Marwa Elzankaly for being named to The National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigators” list. The National Law Journal is a leading legal industry publication and part of the Law.com/ALM (American Lawyer Media) family.
The National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigators” award recognizes attorneys who have secured significant bench or jury trial victories, such as avoiding substantial damages, setting a legal precedent or overcoming an unfriendly jurisdiction.
In its coverage of the honor, the National Law Journal detailed Elzankaly’s and the McManis Faulkner team’s role defending Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim in the first successful challenge of an individual placed on a post-9/11 watchlist. The profile details the Ninth Circuit’s January 2019 en banc decision that the federal government acted in bad faith and that Elzankaly and the McManis Faulkner team are entitled to the vast majority of their $4 million in attorneys’ fees. Elzankaly explained that the court recognized her and the firm’s “extraordinary” work over 15 years “overturning [the District Court] three times on appeal, winning at trial and setting critical precedence for those wrongly placed on a government watch list.”
With more than 20 years of experience, Elzankaly handles securities fraud, antitrust, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and business matters. Her clients range from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Elzankaly is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the California Minority Counsel Program, and she previously taught a business law course at the University of California, Berkeley. She was honored with The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40 Lawyers” award in 2011 and the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Litigators” and “Top 20 Under 40” awards in 2009. Elzankaly earned her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law (1999) and her B.S. from the University of California, Riverside (1996).