Abdullah M. Azkalany



Abdullah Azkalany is a commercial litigator with a focus on clients in the agribusiness space. He represents clients’ interests before and during litigation, both offensively and defensively. With rigorous research and incisive writing skills, Abdullah helps to establish and execute compelling arguments with an eye toward the early and efficient disposition of cases.

Abdullah leverages his multifaceted legal education to bring a wide-ranging perspective to litigation matters. He developed his legal writing and research skills as a judicial extern to the Hon. Christopher McDonald on the Iowa Court of Appeals and as a research assistant to a constitutional law professor. He excelled as an oral advocate, earning recognitions as early as the fall of his first year of law school, and was ultimately selected a member of the Order of Barristers, a prestigious accolade given only to those with demonstrated outstanding oral advocacy skills.

Abdullah’s practical experiences during law school inform his strategic litigation planning. As an advanced criminal defense student attorney, he represented clients facing felony charges, regularly negotiating with county attorneys and arguing motions before the court. His summer clerkship in the legal department of a Fortune 500 company based in Iowa provides him with insight into the workings of a sophisticated in-house legal team.

Personal Interests

Abdullah prides himself on the quality of his relationships. His family, friends and fiancé mean the world to him. He loves to exercise, cook and cheer for his favorite soccer club, Arsenal.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa




Drake University Law School
J.D. with high honors, Drake Law Review (media editor) (2019)

University of Iowa
B.A. in Political Science (2014)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • A Comparative Examination of the Doctor-Patient Privilege in State and Federal Court in Iowa
    67 Drake L. Rev. 495, 2019

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Through the Drake University Criminal Defense Clinic, Abdullah represented clients through various stages of criminal proceedings, including arraignments, pretrial conferences and sentencing hearings. He obtained favorable results for these pro bono clients through negotiations and adversarial hearings.

Professional Associations

  • Iowa Bar Association


  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers — Robert J. Kromminga Award for outstanding representation in the criminal defense clinic
  • The Order of the Barristers — National Member
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