Amer Hakim, Esquire, is a litigator at heart. Whether he’s earning a million dollar judgment or working pro bono to protect the rights of an impoverished defendant, he is determined, dedicated, and relentless in the pursuit of justice for his clients.
Hakim was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of four. He will be the first to explain his family was dependent on welfare, that they had “nothing,” and that it made him a better person, the person he is today. Hakim began working at thirteen years old, and worked his way through college and law school. He explains that work ethic is what he brings from his youth to his practice, for the benefit of his clients.
Hakim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wayne State University. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He attended on an academic merit scholarship, and finished law school in only two years. He was consistently recognized as a member of the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement and graduated with Honors.
Hakim, now in his 15th year in the legal profession, began his career as an undergraduate student, working with a prominent Detroit law firm. He worked there as a law clerk while earning his degree and was hired after passing the bar exam. He learned the art of litigation, trying his first case just six months out of law school, winning a judgment for his client in a jury trial against the city of Detroit.
In 2004, inspired by his successes for his clients and a desire to expand the services he could provide, Hakim opened his own practice. He began to focus his attention on criminal work, bankruptcy, and business transactions. In the years that have followed, Hakim has handled hundreds of trials for his clients and thousands of depositions.
Through it all, Hakim remains most proud not of any one case, but of his firm, his partners, and their satisfied clients. Hakim has brought in million dollar judgments for clients, and handled complex criminal defense cases, including child pornography, rape, and murder charges with clients facing potential life sentences. Hakim explains that he treats all of his cases with equal priority, whether it’s a traffic ticket or a homicide case, each client is treated with respect and the firm fights to do everything legally and ethically possible to achieve the right result.
Outside the courtroom and away from his law practice, Hakim is a family man who places a high priority on community involvement. Hakim, his wife, and their three children live in Shelby Township. They are members at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Shelby Township and St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Utica. He calls his children his only hobby, and enjoys spending time at their sports practices and on family vacations.
Fadi Toma is an experienced and educated real estate and business attorney. His experience as Officer and Director of various businesses provides him with a unique insight into the complexities of running a business and the ability to forecast challenges businesses constantly face.
Toma focused his attention on business development throughout his education. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business at Oakland University. He attended University of Detroit Mercy Law School. In school he was recognized for academic achievement in contract law and property. He attended the Université de Nice in Nice, France for a semester to study international business transactions and comparative constitutional law.
After earning his Juris Doctor, he worked as in-house counsel for a large wireless retailer. His experience there included handling real estate transactions and licensing agreements before moving to a larger firm as a creditors’ rights attorney. In 2007 he opened his own law firm, with a focus on business law, before joining his partners at Hakim, Daman, & Toma in 2010. Since then, Toma has studied and developed a reputation for his knowledge of Contract law, real estate, business and immigration.
At Hakim, Daman, & Toma, he has focused his attention on real estate and business transactions. He has helped individual clients and companies to buy, sell, and lease property, handled loan workouts and restructures, business formation and dissolution, corporate and individual bankruptcy, financing, franchise agreements, licensing, land use, and zoning.
Toma also specializes in employment-based immigration and immigration solutions for investors and entrepreneurs. Toma is bicultural and bilingual which allows him to efficiently provide legal services to a diverse client base.
He has worked to develop start up businesses, ensuring their success and working with them through their early years of growth as a counselor and advisor.
Toma lives in Sterling Heights, with his wife and two-year-old son. He enjoys traveling and reading but his passion outside the office remains business. He has worked to buy, build, and sell start up companies, and also rehabilitates businesses. Of his “hobby,” he explains, “Some people like to build things, I like to build businesses.”
Eman H. Jajonie-Daman believes there’s more to being a lawyer than just legal work. Committed to the field of immigration, she has stood out amongst her peers for her professional dedication to pro-bono work and serving as a true counselor to her clients. With a passion for human rights and the core value that every person deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, she has focused her time and attention on advancing the interests of those struggling here and abroad.
Jajonie-Daman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the United States in 1979 with her family to escape Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. In America, her family promoted the value of education as a priority and the single best tool to overcome any obstacle. Her parents struggled and worked to put her and her siblings through school.
Jajonie-Daman earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Oakland University, where she graduated with honors. She earned her Juris Doctor at University of Detroit Mercy. On a scholarship, she studied international law and human rights at the University of London, England. She was involved with the school’s Moot Court program and was the President of her class.
After law school, Jajone-Daman opened her own practice, focusing on family law and business law, also assisting clients with Social Security Disability claims. In 1995 she joined her husband Namir Daman in practice, and the pair formed Daman and Daman, focusing on immigration law, which continues to be her specialized area of practice to this day.
Jajonie-Daman has a passion for persecuted individuals seeking asylum in the United States. She explains having come to America and made it her home; she understands the struggle for basic human rights that many immigrants suffer. In her years of legal experience, she is most proud of her success in helping immigrants, who make up the fabric of our nation, remain in the United States legally.
Jajonie-Daman is also a Magistrate in the 46th District Court; her jurisdiction includes Southfield, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms, Franklin Village, and Beverly Hills. She enjoys working on the bench to enforce state law, an opportunity she has had since 2008. She has tremendous respect for the legal system and all those who come before it, and as a Magistrate she feels she has an obligation to view everyone as innocent until proven guilty and entitled to their day in court.
Jajonie-Daman and her husband of 21 years have two sons at Michigan State University, ages 18 and 20. She enjoys traveling and her involvement with numerous organizations and associations, including the Oakland Country Bar Association, the Chaldean American Bar Association, Michigan Administration for Justice, the NAACP, Michigan Associates of Magistrates and Chaldean Chamber of Commerce. Jajonie-Daman is a writer, and enjoys editing legal work and mentoring young lawyers. She is often a guest lecturer, always seizing the opportunity to teach others about the law..