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Rima Kikani

Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC

kikani-rima-0282Being a law student and studying for the bar exam afterward is hard enough. But for Rima Kikani, it became her lifeline. While finishing up her law degree, Kikani was diagnosed with a life-threating and rare medical condition leading to a lengthy hospital stay five days before graduation.

Kikani finished her degree and studied for the Maryland bar, which she ultimately passed, and became a practicing licensed attorney.

Still, Kikani does not consider this her most difficult challenge.

“I thought I knew what resilience meant, and that I had accomplished my most difficult challenge after I finished law school and passed the bar while fighting a rare medical condition. I was wrong,” she said.

“Each day, in the past five years of my practice, I have learned to adapt to long work hours, impossible legal issues, difficult clients, attorneys and judges, losses and numerous additional issues that plague the practice of law. I am still learning,” she added.

In addition to her law practice, Kikani regularly teaches, coaches and mentors students who are preparing to enter the legal profession. She currently serves as the mock trial coach at the University of Maryland, College Park, and was an adjunct professor of law from 2014 to 2018 for the University of Baltimore School of Law.

She received the Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Award in 2019 and the Best Committee Award from the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Council.

Kikani received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2011 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2014.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.