Ms. El-Khouri focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals, and has worked on matters before all levels of the federal courts, including presenting arguments in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeals. She is a co-chair of the firm’s Attorneys of Color Initiative. Ms. El-Khouri joined the firm after serving as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she advised the White House, the Attorney General, and federal agencies on major questions of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law. In 2018, she briefly served as Special Counsel (Minority Staff) for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ms. El-Khouri previously clerked for Judge Pamela A. Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, won the Bass Berry & Sims Intramural Moot Court Competition, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Before attending law school, Ms. El-Khouri worked for a nonprofit affordable-housing developer in Chicago. She is a first-generation American and speaks Spanish and French.