About Hassan Shibly

Hassan Shibly has established himself as one of the world's most reputable civil rights attorneys. He has over a decade of experience in community service and is an internationally renowned consultant for non-profits and philanthropist. He has guided CAIR-FL to become one of the largest American Muslim civil rights organizations through his knowledge and experience. He has defended those whose civil rights have been violated, becoming a globally quoted, outspoken attorney.

Childhood and Education

Hassan was born in Syria's Damascus. He immigrated to the United States at the age of four. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Magna Cum Laureate University. He attended the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he graduated near the top of his class, on a number of scholarship scholarships.


Shibly clerked for the Honorable Eugene H. Nickerson in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York following his graduation from law school. Before moving to Tampa, Florida to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAIR-Florida, the state's largest Muslim civil rights organization, he worked as an attorney at two prestigious law firms in New York City.

Under the direction of Hassan, CAIR-Florida has become one of the nation's leading Muslim civil rights organizations. He has also played a significant role in forming alliances with people of various religions and ethnicities.

Hassan Shibly is not only the CEO of CAIR-Florida, but also a licensed attorney in the state of Florida. He has represented Muslim clients across the nation who were victims of discrimination, harassment, and violations of civil rights. Additionally, he offers free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area.

Shibly spreads his message of justice and civil rights through public speaking and social media marketing, lobbying and political advocacy, traditional media appearances and interviews, and fundraising.

He has also founded an Islamic educational publishing house and Help Yateem USA. A charity dedicated to empowering orphans in Africa. Hassan has raised millions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes, including the protection of civil rights in the United States and the assistance of people in other countries.

As an attorney, Mr. Shibly has represented Muslim victims of discrimination, harassment, and civil rights violations across the nation. In the Tampa Bay area, he has also provided free legal services to low-income individuals and families. Shibly is licensed to practice law in both Florida and New York.

He has criticized FBI harassment, profiling, informant recruitment, and entrapment of the Muslim community. Over the years, he has fought for the rights of Muslim prisoners, particularly those held in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions.

He has taken on controversial cases while maintaining his integrity and speaking the truth to power. In one such instance, he defended a Palestinian man held without charges by the Israeli government for over a year.

In addition, he has worked to free American Muslims wrongfully incarcerated on terrorism-related charges. Hassan Shibly has been a leader in the fight against anti-Muslim prejudice and hate crimes. He has also worked to build bridges between law enforcement and the Muslim community.

He has been an outspoken critic of the Muslim ban and other anti-Muslim policies and statements by the Trump administration. Moreover, he has filed lawsuits challenging the ban's constitutionality.


Hassan has received numerous awards and commendations for his work as an attorney for civil rights and community leader. In 2014, he was honored by the Florida Bar Association as "Attorney of the Year." In 2016, he was named one of the "50 American Leaders Who Are Changing the World" by the Huffington Post. In 2017, he was selected by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center as one of the fifty "Most Influential Muslims in America."

Other notable honors and awards received by Shibly include:

The Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association (2011)
The New York Civil Liberties Union's Liberty and Justice Awards (2012)
The Florida Commission on Human Relations' Unsung Hero Award (2013)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Making a Difference Award (2014)
The Florida Muslim Bar Association Award for Promoting Justice (2015)
Stetson University College of Law's Award for Lawyer of the Year (2016)
The Florida Justice Association's Champions of Justice Award (2017)

Shibly has been a consistent media commentator on matters of national significance, appearing as a contributor on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.

His philanthropic endeavors have included establishing a publishing company for traditional Islamic education and Help Yateem USA, an organization dedicated to empowering orphans in Africa. Hassan Shibly has raised millions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes, including the protection of civil rights in the United States and the assistance of people in other countries.

In addition, he has provided legal assistance and support to a large number of Muslim refugees and immigrants.