Nuzayra counsels U.S. and international clients on obtaining and protecting trademarks and copyrights, branding strategies, IP portfolio management, trade secrets, and commercial matters. She has extensive experience working with startups across a broad range of industries including commercial cannabis, biotechnology, design, fashion, and entertainment.
One of the first attorneys to successfully obtain federal trademark protection in the cannabis industry, Nuzayra was named in the Daily Journal‘s ‘Top Women Attorneys’ for 2017. Since 2015, she has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Southern California for intellectual property, an award made to only 2.5% of attorneys in the region. She is often featured in legal outlets as an expert in intellectual property, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.
Nuzayra holds the distinction of being both a California attorney and a barrister in England and Wales, having been called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in London. Prior to joining Heath Steinbeck, she worked for several years as a senior attorney in a boutique law firm serving California’s emerging commercial cannabis business. She also served as in-house counsel for a boutique jewelry design firm, specializing on intellectual property registration and enforcement.
Nuzayra received her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and International Trade from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where she was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. In the UK, she received law degrees from BPP Law School in Leeds and Northumbria University, graduating with honors, in Newcastle. She is fluent in Bengali, and proficient in Hindi and Urdu.