Aitzaz Ahsan and Associates was founded by Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan in the 1970s. In its early years, the firm quickly bacame known for its fearless and imaginative advocacy for the most demanding and daunting cases during the martial law regime of General Zia in the 1980s. Though still young, the firm was one of the leading entities willing to forcefully defend the opponents of the martial law regime, and to regularly challenge the regime's actions.
Upon the return of democracy to Pakistan in 1988, Mr. Ahsan became the Minister for Law and Justice in the 1988-1990 government of Benazir Bhutto. Subsequent to his time in office, Mr. Ahsan resumed a practice increasingly focussed on constitutional disputes, complex commercial litigation and white collar defense. The firm also became a regular feature in rankings of the top law firms in Pakistan.
Over this period, the firm has the unique distinction of representing three former and future Prime Ministers -- Ms. Bhutto, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, and Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani -- in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The firm continued to represent leading Pakistani industrialists and foreign multi-nationals in corporate and commerical disputes in both Pakistani courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.
Today, Aitzaz Ahsan & Associates continues to build on its reputation as the law firm for clients with the most difficult problems, the most complex legal questions, and the most intractable matters.
Mukhtaran Mai, in challenging the acquittal of her rapists before the Supreme Court
Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in successfully defending against numerous accountability references
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Former President of Pakistan, in successfully defending against numerous accountability references
Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, in challenging his conviction by an accountability court after his government’s overthrow by General Pervaiz Musharraf•Mr.
Yusuf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Pakistan,
in contempt charges before the Supreme Court.
Mr. Ifthikhar M. Chaudry, Chief Justice of Pakistan, in his suit against the President of Pakistan successfully challenging his unconstitutional dismissal from office
Mr. Imran Khan, Former Pakistan Cricket Captain and Leader of Tehreek-e-Insaaf.