Meet your new City attorney, Mujeeb Shah-Khan.
Press release after the jump.
CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Donnie Turlington
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-3769
City Council Names Mujeeb Shah-Khan New City Attorney
GREENSBORO, NC (April 19, 2012) – Greensboro City Council has named S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan as the new City Attorney. Shah-Khan joins Greensboro from the City of Charlotte, NC and will begin his employment on June 1. His selection concludes a national search, conducted by the search firm The Mercer Group Incorporated. The selection process included multiple interviews with the full City Council.
According to Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins, Shah-Khan’s tenure as a senior assistant city attorney for the City of Charlotte provided the depth of experience that Greensboro’s City Council was looking for in its candidate. “Mujeeb is coming from the largest municipal law office in North Carolina and his understanding of how to forge a strong legal team to represent both City Council and City staff was of utmost importance,” says Perkins. “We were looking for somebody who could take our legal team to new heights, while providing valuable and accurate counsel to the leadership body. With Mujeeb, I’m confident we found the right person to be our next city attorney.”
Shah-Khan, who has more than 17 years of experience practicing law, will oversee Greensboro’s legal department, including its six attorneys and a paralegal and administrative support staff. He will serve as chief legal counsel to Greensboro’s City Council, while also providing legal opinions and reviews of City ordinances, resolutions and amendments, and overseeing the representation of the City in all legal matters.
An assistant city attorney in Charlotte since 2002, Shah-Khan moved into the role of senior assistant attorney in 2007. As a senior assistant, he was responsible for serving as Charlotte’s legal counsel for its clerk’s office and was the city’s first-ever designated public- records attorney. Among his former duties, he represented multiple business units and departments for Charlotte, including the city’s finance department, solid waste services, civil service board, code enforcement, and firefighters’ retirement system. He also collaborated with Charlotte’s mayor, council, and council committees on various legal concerns.
Before joining the City of Charlotte, Shah-Khan was a civil litigator at two Charlotte law firms, including Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP and Poyner Spruill LLP. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University and a law degree from Mercer University. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Georgia.
In 2010, Shah-Khan’s peers in the Mecklenburg County Bar elected him to serve on the North Carolina State Bar Council, the body that regulates North Carolina’s attorneys. Shah-Khan has also served on various nonprofit organizations’ boards of directors, including Theatre Charlotte, Hands on Charlotte, and A Child’s Place, serving as board chair for Theatre Charlotte and Hands on Charlotte.
He is married to Cynthia Robbins Shah-Khan, and they have an 18-month-old son, Zain.