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Hamid is the founder of karmacounsel.org. In 2008 he had a revelation. He realized that many people were facing legal issues of great complexity while at the same time were growing unhappy with the stagnant nature of the legal industry, which favored billable hours, high fees, and no guaranteed results. Many clients expressed interest in a more ethical way of obtaining legal help. Using principles of Buddhist philosophy, Hamid decided to accept a few cases on a donation basis. The results were amazing. In these initial cases where Hamid donated his time without regard to compensation and where his clients donated what they could afford to Hamid–as opposed to having a binding contractual fee agreement–the results were always extremely positive for both the client’s case and Hamid’s practice. Cases were won, new friendships and connections were formed, and Hamid’s practice grew. Upon searching the Internet for other donation-based legal services providers, Hamid found few to none. This website was Hamid’s way of spreading the idea of donation-based legal services across the country.
In 2011, The Karma Counsel Foundation was formed as a California Public Benefit Corporation (non-profit). When Hamid relocated to Arizona in 2012, the entity was changed to Karma Counsel PLC, which currently operates this website. Although not a form non-profit entity, all profits are donated to charity. In addition to running karmacounsel.org, Hamid is a certified yoga teacher and directs teacher training programs in Phoenix. He conducts an annual retreat to Haramara Retreat Center in Sayulita, Mexico every year. Hamid is also certified in Thai Massage, with extensive studies in Thailand. Information about Hamid’s teaching is available at www.hamidyoga.com.
Hamid holds a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law and a Bachelor of Music from NYU. He is licensed to practice law in both California and Arizona and admitted to all Arizona federal and state courts as well as the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hamid cleaned for the Honorable Earl H. Carroll, U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.