Attorney Maryam Ghayyad practices immigration and nationality law, including the full spectrum of family-based, employment-related and individual immigration matters. She also represents clients in divorce and family law cases, including custody and placement of minor children, paternity, grandparents' rights, and post-judgment matters affecting families.
Maryam, who is fluent in Spanish and English, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which allows her to remain current on frequent changes in immigration law. Maryam has spoken to youth groups and young adults on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Madison and Janesville, Wisconsin. She has also volunteered as a bilingual attorney at the Family Law Assistance Clinic to help meet needs of unrepresented family law litigants.
In 2018, Maryam received an "Up and Coming Lawyer" award by the Wisconsin Law Journal for her work in the legal field, her firm, and the overall community.
Previously, Maryam worked as a law clerk at an immigration law firm, as a summer associate for a Milwaukee firm (where she gained experience in civil defense litigation), and as a law clerk at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections - Office of Legal Counsel.
Upon earning her law degree from the UW Law School in 2012, Maryam received the 2012 Bercovici Prize for Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy for excellence in the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. She graduated summa cum laude from UW-Madison in 2005.
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2013
- Wisconsin, 2012
- University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 2012, J.D
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005, B.A. Major: Journalism
Awards & Recognition
- Up and Coming Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal (2018)
- Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) (2018)
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Conference & Leadership Summit, Chosen Attendee (March 2017)
- Imogene Hand Carpenter Scholarship (2004)
- Wisconsin Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award (2004)
- Bercovici Prize for Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy (2012)
Associations and Memberships
- AILA - Chicago Chapter, Member (2017)
- AILA - Wisconsin Chapter, Member (2012-Present)
- American Bar Association (ABA), Member
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
- Dane County Bar Association Law Day, Volunteer (2012-2016)
- Family Law Assistance Clinic, Volunteer (2013-2015)
- Featured in article "Ghayyad finds niche in immigration, family law" in Wisconsin Law Journal "Up and Coming Lawyers" issue (September 2018)
- Interviewed for "Undocumented vs. Illegal: How do journalists refer to immigrants?" The Cap Times (August 2017)
- "Making sense of Trump's first executive orders on immigration" In Business magazine (January 2017)
- Interviewed for "What’s Hot, What’s Not: Wisconsin Practice Trends 2016" on the topic of immigration law, Wisconsin Lawyer magazine (February 2016)
- Updates on DACA, Parker High School, Janesville, WI (2017)
- "Immigration and the Uncertainties of 2017"-Presentation and Discussion, UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center (December 2016)
- Immigration Updates-Presentation and Discussion, Edgewood College (November 2016)
- "Immigration Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)" (August 2013)
- "New Rule for the I601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver" (March 2013)
- "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)" (August 2012)
- "Employment Based Immigration: Principles and Practice" (July 2013)
- "Overview of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Process" (April 2013)