NORWALK, Conn. -- Uswah Khan got into law because she wanted to help people, and she believes she can accomplish that with the new family law firm she has opened in Norwalk.
At Fairfield Family Law on East Avenue, Khan specializes in divorce, custody, prenuptial agreements and other family law matters. Along with her knowledge of the law, Khan has a calmness about her that her clients feel helps them through the process of going to court.
"I explain everything to them and try to take the fear out of the court system," Khan said.
Khan grew up in Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High School, where she was the first female president of the student council. After attending Fairfield University, Columbia University and Pace Law School, she returned to her hometown. Her children attend Side by Side Charter School.
Her father was a lawyer in Pakistan, but she said what drew her to law was a sense of justice. Khan said that is particularly important in dealing with family law cases.
"It's about getting justice for people. They're going through a hard time in their life. If my client is a 55-year-old woman who has never been in control of the money, I want to help her to make sure that can move on with her life," she said.
In addition to her law practice, Khan also serves on the Governor's Advisory Council on Special Education as a parent representative and on the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. She works on these committees to make recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly on legislation related to discrimination and civil rights issues. She has also led legal education seminars for Asian Americans on topics such as family law and domestic abuse.
She also writes a blog, Diary of a Divorce Lawyer, based on her experiences and interesting cases she encounters.
"It's a mixture of the human side of law, along with giving people advice and insight," she said.
"The No. 1 complaint I hear from people about their lawyers is that they don't pay attention," Khan said. "I'm not like that. I'm attentive and responsive to my clients. They're individuals to me, these are their families I'm dealing with, not just names on a file."