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2020-2021 BOARD




Theo is a Partner at K&L Gates and is a first-chair

International Trade Commission and District Court

litigator, and he also serves as one of the leaders

of the IP Litigation Group at K&L Gates. Theo

has extensive experience representing clients in

Greater China, throughout Asia, and in the

United States. 

Theo has received numerous awards and honors.

He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and

as a Washington Super Lawyer, and he recently

was recognized by the King County Bar Association as Mentor of the Year. Earlier in his career, the King County Bar Association named him Outstanding Young Lawyer. Theo served as the editor of the Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual for many years, and while in law school served as articles editor for the Yale Law Journaland managing editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review


Vice President

Maha is an attorney at The Apex Law Group.
Her practice focuses on corporate and   
intellectual property law. She currently

serves as the IP Vice-Chair for the King

County Bar Association. Her pro bono

practice includes volunteering with

Communities Rise,

Washington Lawyers for the Arts, and 

working in the community on issues and 

policies relating to racial equity.

Maha was born and raised in Pakistan, then lived in Singapore before
moving to the U.S. She holds a British law degree and Masters of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property and Policy from the University of Washington. When she is not working, she can be found at a park spending time with her six-year-old son or reading a book.




Immediate Past President

Omar Nur is an Attorney and Managing

Partner at Nur Law PLLC, where him

and his staff represent people with claims

stemming from car crashes,criminal

charges, and traffic tickets. Mr. Nur is very

active in the legal community having

previously served on the  Young Lawyers

Committees for the Washington State Bar

Association and Snohomish County Bar

Association, the Washington State

Association for Justice Board of Governors, and the MELAW board (of which he was President in 2014) to name a few. When he is not working or volunteering, Mr. Nur enjoys spending his time outdoors with his wife, daughter, and son.

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Talya Gonca West was born in

Turkey and studied law there. She 

moved to the United States after

earning scholarship to study an LLM.

She studied LLM at the

University of Oregon. In addition,

she attended UW Law School for a

second LLM and to be prepared for

WA Bar. She worked as a public defender in Marysville, Snohomish County. She is a WSBA Civil Rights Committee member. She volunteers as a pro bono counsel in several nonprofit organizations including NWIRP, NWIRP, TURKCHA, WIDEN and KCBA Neighborhood Clinics. Talya manages her own solo criminal defense and immigration practice in Bellevue, WA.  



Publicity Chair

Dua M. Abudiab is the Executive Director at the 

King County Bar Association (KCBA) and

previously was a public defender at the King

County Department of Public Defense – The

Defender Association (TDA). Prior to joining

TDA, she worked as a public defender at the

Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. 

Ms. Abudiab serves on the Lawyer’s Helping

Hungry Children (LHHC) board to help fight against child hunger. She is

the representative on the Gender and Justice Commission for the Washington Women Lawyers’ Board. She serves on the University of Washington Heart Health Campaign board. She volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital in their Child Life division where she gets to play with patients and siblings to minimize the impact of hospitalization. She also volunteers with North East Seattle Together (NEST) to help community members stay independent, active, and connected. She holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in Biochemistry and received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law.


Legal Clinic Co-Chair

Tanya Fekri was born in Tehran, Iran and she

and her family immigrated to the United States

in hopes to pursue the American dream. 

Tanya personally experienced the immigration

process first-hand and that is why she became

interested in immigration law. She attended

UW as an undergraduate student receiving

a double degree in Political Science and Law,

Societies, and Justice; and a minor in

Diversity studies. She went on to become an

ESL teacher and citizenship instructor for the Refugee Resettlement Office in Seattle. Tanya is the Co-Directing Attorney of the Student Legal

Services at the University of Washington and she manages her own solo immigration practice in Kent. 

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