Dilara Islam joined the Real Property Tax Certiorari Law and Condemnation Litigation Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP as an Associate.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Islam was a Claims Specialist with Nationwide Insurance where she reviewed management and professional liability claims under insurance policies providing coverage for directors and officers, employment practices and cyber matters.
During law school, she served as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Deborah Kaplan, New York State Supreme Court. She also interned for Gallo Vitucci Klar, LLP in Woodbury and was a research assistant where she edited casebook materials for a first-year Property course.
She earned her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 2021 and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Adelphi University in 2016.
At St. John’s, Ms. Islam served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and was a recipient of a Catalyst Public Interest Fellowship. She also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion; as a Mentor in the Student Mentor Program; and participated in the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute.
At Adelphi University, Ms. Islam was Class President of the Student Government Association; earned a Dean’s Scholarship and a Recognition Award Scholarship; and was recognized by the prestigious honor society Omicron Delta Kappa as an Emerging Leader.
Before she entered law school, Ms. Islam worked for two years as a Knowledge Management Assistant for Latham & Watkins, LLP, where she profiled deal documents for each practice group in the firm’s database, including the tax department.
She is admitted to practice in the state of New York.
Ms. Islam also served as a mentor for Read Ahead, based in New York City, where she assisted elementary school students with their literacy and social skills. She is conversant in Bengali.