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Attorney embraces uniqueness of personal injury law practice

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News   

Fahd Haque’s father, sister, three aunts and several cousins all hold medical degrees; his grandfather was one of a select few to graduate from medical school following Pakistan’s independence from India in 1947; and his grandmother was one of the first female physicians to graduate from medical school in Karachi, Pakistan.

“I’m one of a few that endeavored a career as a physician, but realized my stronger suit is representing injured victims, not healing them,” Haque says. “And now, I’m the first licensed attorney in the family.” 

Haque is an attorney at the Southfield firm of Moss & Colella, P.C., where he previously worked as a law clerk.

“My desire to practice personal injury litigation has grown much fonder after learning that every client is unique and you need to carry an open-mind to truly relate to your client,” he says.

“For me, it’s extremely rewarding to hand a client a check that represents my hard work in securing their wage loss, or placing a call to assure them their medical bills have been paid-in-full,” he says.

Haque earned his undergrad degree in political science from Wayne State University.

“It’s a versatile degree that opens the door for several great career opportunities—and since there is no traditional pre-law program, political science serves as the de facto pre-law degree,” he says.

He went on to earn his J.D. at the Auburn Hills campus of WMU-Cooley Law School, where he appreciated the focus on gaining real-life experience.

“The vast network of alumni and contacts with law firms and various government offices opens the door for students to get their feet wet and hit the ground running after graduation,” he says.

An internship with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office was the first experience that opened Haque’s eyes to the world of litigation.

“It was a fast-paced environment, where I was constantly arguing bond motions to negotiating terms of plea agreements for gun and drug possession crimes, nearly 50-60 per day, against seasoned attorneys,” he says.

He also gained valuable experience as an extern at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office.

“It helped me better understand that many indigent individuals can be severely misunderstood at times and their constitutional rights may be overlooked because of previous transgressions,” he says. “This externship helped me mold my personality to become more open-minded.”

He also clerked at the Oakland County Circuit Court.

“It was a great experience to see how seasoned attorneys presented and argued motions, performed voir dire, and trial litigation,” he says.

A native of Epsom, a few miles southwest of London, England, Haque grew up in Michigan. His parents are originally from Karachi, Pakistan; his father, Shuja Haque, is a psychiatrist practicing across the metro Detroit area, and his mother is a tenured professor at Eastern Michigan University for the School of Health Sciences. His older sister, Maheen Haque, is an ophthalmologist.

Haque makes his home in Oakland County’s Orchard Lake, where he enjoys exercising to keep his body and mind balanced and focused; and golf.

“It’s a crime to live in Michigan and not enjoy the spoils of the beautiful outdoors,” he says.

He also enjoys traveling to explore the world and experience different cultures; and is a self-termed “foodie.”

“Upscale or food truck, food is life,” he says. 
 

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