Ambereen is an attorney with The Justis Law Firm LLC with expertise in Superfund law and litigation, international environmental law and policy, treaty law and negotiations, energy policy, energy efficiency, short-lived climate pollutants, and strategies to accomplish national environment, energy and climate commitments.
She was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in and near Overland Park, Kansas. Ambereen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies at the University of Kansas and graduated with honors. Her work on women’s economic empowerment in South Asia has influenced her entire professional career, which often intersects with gender and women’s rights. Ambereen graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she earned several honors including a CALI award for Environmental Law and Policy, and the Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship, awarded by the Jackson County Bar Association. She also worked for The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In 2008, Ambereen was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for one year. During her Rotary year, Ambereen traveled to Egypt and earned her Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She designed her LL.M. thesis around her proposal to use virtual laboratories as a model to level the playing field for innovators and entrepreneurs in emerging economies. In 2010, she was selected among a competitive pool of academics to present her thesis at the University of California Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, at the 10th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference.
After graduating from law school, Ambereen clerked at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where she worked extensively on complex cases and matters arising in trial and motion practice in the Court. She lived in Washington, DC for almost a decade, and founded Shaffie Law and Policy, a firm that specializes in international environmental law.
Ambereen’s high-level policy advice directly contributed to the global adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. In her international climate practice, Ambereen advises governments, multilateral institutions and stakeholders on both treaties. She also runs pilot projects implementing the Kigali Amendment in major countries including Indonesia and Egypt.
Ambereen is admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri, and is a member of the American Bar Association.
Ambereen has language abilities in Urdu, Spanish, and Arabic. While growing up, she was a competitive musician and played classical music for over a decade, and enjoys diverse types of music. She loves hiking, swimming, yoga, and finding local health food places. Of the almost 30 countries she has traveled to and worked in, Rwanda and Vietnam are her current favorites. Ambereen is passionate about making environmental laws work in the communities and countries that she serves.