Mr. El Ashmawy is an experienced and highly regarded litigator with extensive experience in courts throughout New York City. Mr. El Ashmawy is currently the head of the firm’s Criminal Defense Practice, and has extensive litigation and court room experience in New York City Criminal Courts in all five boroughs. Mr. El Ashmawy fights for the best outcomes possible for all of his clients.
Mr. El Ashmawy also appears frequently in Supreme Court handling divorces, custody, family offense and child support cases always putting the client first and advocating passionately for the best results.Mr. El Ashmawy’s entire career has been in litigation. He began as a summer litigation associate at a No-Fault Insurance Firm where he regularly appeared before judges in Bronx Civil Court, successfully arguing motions and engaging in all aspects of trial practice. Mr. El Ashmawy then served as a prosecutor of child abuse and neglect cases in the Family Court Legal Services division of the Administration for Children’s Services. It was during this period of time Mr. El Ashmawy truly began to flourish as a litigator, gaining the respect of judges and colleagues by his court room acumen and passion to see the right outcomes for children and families.
Mr. El Ashmawy was so driven and well regarded that after just two years of service at ACS, he was accepted to the assigned counsel panel, after receiving glowing recommendations from Judges, and colleagues from all sides of the table. Mr. El Ashmawy has served on the First Department assigned counsel panel since November of 2011 and is certified to represent parents in child abuse and neglect cases, child support “willfulness” proceedings, child custody and visitation cases, and family offense proceedings in both Bronx and New York Counties.
Mr. El Ashmawy has been dedicated to public service throughout his life. Mr. El Ashmawy enlisted in the United States Navy at 17, and left for basic training immediately after completing high school in inner city Brooklyn. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. El Ashmawy enrolled in John Jay College of Criminal Justice, from which he graduated, cum laude, with a degree in Government, with a concentration on law, policy and society. Mr. El Ashmawy also served in the Navy Reserve for over 10 years, achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and was honorably discharged from the Reserves in 2012. Mr. El Ashmawy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.