Leila Abu-Orf

Leila Abu-Orf joined Burns Charest in 2020 after clerking for the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Leila graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2019. While there, she served as Articles Editor for the Loyola Law Review and was an oralist and brief writer for the First Amendment Moot Court team. She also participated in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice as a student practitioner in the criminal defense clinic, where she represented indigent individuals in Orleans Parish charged with misdemeanors and felonies.

A South Jersey native, Leila moved to New Orleans in 2009 to attend Tulane University for her undergraduate studies. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies and received the Senior Award in Excellence from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Leila lives in New Orleans with her husband Malcolm, their son Malik, and their two dogs, Hoagie and Bam Bam.


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2019
Tulane University, B.A., cum laude, 2013
Law Clerk to the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Admissions & Honors

State of Louisiana, 2019
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2020
William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar
Recipient, Association of Corporate Counsel Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, 2018
Panelist, “Building a Better Mentor: Creating High-Impact Mentoring Programs for Law Students of Color,” hosted by the Association of American Law Schools, January 2019
Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2022-2024



State ex rel Alden Morgan: A Small Step in the Right Direction for Louisiana’s Incarcerated Youth, 64 Loy. L. Rev. 239 (2018)


National Lawyers Guild
Palestinian American Bar Association