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Faris Rashid

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Faris Rashid

Faris Rashid takes what he calls a practical approach to his work as a technology attorney at Greene Espel. That means assessing business implications in addition to legal ones when litigating intellectual property disputes, trade-secret cases, and business disputes related to technology.

“­The most valuable lawyers have full command of the legal issues but are able to take themselves out of the legal framework and look at a problem from all angles,” Rashid said. “­That’s the kind of practical thinking and problem solving I strive to offer.”

Rashid, who earned his law degree magna cum laude at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, takes satisfaction in understanding sophisticated technology issues and then explaining them in a way that jurors and judges can understand.

“Teaching an audience about a complicated problem builds credibility and helps them see things from your client’s point of view,” Rashid said. “If you do it right, the audience doesn’t even realize they’re being persuaded.”

His experience includes cross-examining scientists ranging from hydrologists to entomologists in trials and conducting depositions across the country, and more recently in London and Hong Kong. Rashid has also stood for oral argument on a range of issues in high-stakes cases.

Rashid’s parents emigrated from rural Bangladesh, and he is among the first of his family to be born in America. Rashid said he has been able to “participate in the American story” in a way that makes him feel “very lucky.”

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