Matthew “Yusuf” Sykes specializes in civil litigation under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) involving local governments that infringe upon Islamic religious practices. Prior to joining Storzer & Associates, Mr. Sykes engaged in extensive studies of Arabic and Islamic Law in Fes, Morocco, where he lived after working as a litigator for Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., among other firms.
At Covington, Mr. Sykes’s practice involved a combination of Mass and International Tort Litigation, White Collar Defense and Investigations, as well as Government Contracts. In addition, Mr. Sykes worked as an associate at two large plaintiffs’ firms—Cohen Milstein and Motley Rice—where he represented governments, attorneys general, and other public entities in consumer fraud actions. For example, Mr. Sykes represented Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands in alleging the deceptive marketing of Takata airbags, the largest auto-related recall in U.S. history.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sykes served as a Skadden Fellow for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he mobilized the private bar in Philadelphia to provide pro bono services to disabled students involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Mr. Sykes clerked for former Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers Law School in 2011, where he was editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Journal.