Biography

Omar Khodeir is a qualified lawyer in Egypt and obtained his LL.M Degree from Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University.

Omar works closely with other Al Tamimi departments on different matters including labour disputes, financial crimes, arbitration, TMT and IP. He represents the firm’s clients in different litigation cases before all levels of UAE civil courts, including the summary, local and federal courts.

Omar also advises and represents major clients in many criminal proceedings, involving cybercrimes, fraud, breach of trust, insults and defamation, threatening others, bribery, bounced cheques, embezzlement of public funds, disclosure of secrets, theft, being under the influence of alcohol and sexual assaults.

Prior to joining Al Tamimi in 2010, Omar worked in a leading Law Firm in Egypt (Zaki Hashem & Partners) exposing him to general corporate matters. Following that, he was appointed by the Ministry of Justice in Egypt to become a Public Prosecutor.

During his two years in the Prosecution Office, he was exposed to a considerable experience in criminal law. His role as a Prosecutor involved:

  • Interrogating suspects and determining the appropriate criminal liability;
  • Investigating cases as assigned by the Public Prosecution Office;
  • Attending Court hearings as a representative of the Public Prosecutor’s office;
  • Ordering jailing of suspects criminals as allowed under Egyptian law and appropriate in the case under review; and
  • Preparing memorandums for presentation before the relevant Court in addition to memorandums identifying inaccurate procedural application by Egyptian law (for example lack of search warrants, illegal search of suspects).
  • Cases included homicide, suicide, theft; forced theft; fraud; forgery; demolition of properties; prostitution; accidents causing harm to public and private property, induced fire incidents, questioning injured victims from accidents at different local hospitals, sexual assaults, incitement to immorality and debauchery.

Memberships, CSR, Presentations & Trainings

Omar is part of Al Tamimi’s Children of Tomorrow CSR initiative, which provides guidance and practical advice to teachers in relation to the topic of child safety. He is a Regional Representative of LCIA-YIAG in the Middle East and a Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF).

He was a moderator and organizer on behalf of LCIA-YIAG for the MENA Young Arbitrators Conference held in Dubai on Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. He participated in a mock trial in the Health, safety & security Dubai forum.

Omar provided legal trainings to the staff members of the firm’s client such as Majid Al Futtaim and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. He spoke in eight radio shows at Pearl FM – Al Jalila Cultural Center for Children to discuss the new UAE law safeguarding rights of children. He also spoke at the New York University in Abu Dhabi to provide an overview on the UAE’s legal system.

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Recent Experience

  • Representing a governmental hospitality company and leading real-estate companies in different arbitration proceedings.
  • Advising and representing leading UAE Governmental companies and hospitality companies before the courts to successfully annul an arbitration award previously issued against it in different arbitration proceedings;
  • Advising an international company specialized in providing online news and social networking services. A confidential project requiring full review around the clock of news prior to being published to avoid any potential civil and/or criminal claims. (Please see Law Update Article on the firm’s website – June/July 2017).
  • Takedown of websites that were fraudulently created to impersonate one of the firm’s major clients.
  • Advising and representing a renowned international company in a case involving embezzlement of public funds worth AED 113,000,000.
  • Advising a prominent real estate company on an arbitration award worth AED 100,000,000 and drafting a settlement agreement to comply with the award’s dispositions.
  • Advising and representing clients on State Security criminal cases involving possession and entry of weapons to the UAE without a permit; (Please see Law Update Article on the firm’s website – August 2015).
  • Advising firm’s client on insults committed against a country, its symbols, flag, emblem and national anthem. (Comparative view showing the approach in 10 different eastern and western countries).
  • Advising a leading foreign university in Abu Dhabi on the common offences in the UAE. (Advice included a table of 80 conducts that are penalized under different UAE legislations, along with their range of penalties supported by previous judgments showing the actual penalties applied in practice).
  • Advising a leading foreign university in the UAE on the consequences in respect of an attempt to suicide committed by one of the university’s students and possible impact on other who fail to report.
  • Representing client in a hospitality dispute involving the removal of a well-known trademark from a hotel’s facade (Please see Law Update Article on the firm’s website – June 2016).

Language(s)

  • Arabic
  • English

Education

2009 – LL.M., Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University

2007 – L.L.B., Cairo University

Admission

2008 – Egyptian Bar Association