Maria Rafique
Of Counsel

Bar Admissions:

  • High Courts, 2005 (Punjab Bar Council)
  • Lower Courts, 2003 (Punjab Bar Council)


  • LL.M. (Cornell)
  • LL.B. (Punjab)
  • B.A. (Punjab)


MARIA RAFIQUE did her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of the Punjab (Kinnaird College) in 1998; her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University Law College, University of the Punjab in 2001; and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Cornell Law School, Cornell University in 2007. She also holds a Diploma in Environmental Law (D.E.L.) from the University of the Punjab (University Law College, 2003).

Ms. Rafique has served as an Associate at Mujtaba Jamal Law Associates, Lahore (2003-2004); Zafar, Iqbal & Raja, Lahore (2005-2006); and Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz, Lahore (2008).

Ms. Rafique also served in various capacities with the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) (2009-2017) and as Legal Manager, Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (2018).

Ms. Rafique is the settlor and trustee of the Pakistan Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (PIAM), Lahore (2012-present) and has remained Co-Executive Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre, Lahore (2008-2009).

Ms. Rafique has remained Visiting Lecturer at the School of Law and Policy, University of Management and Technology, Lahore (2012-2013) and the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore (2008).

Ms. Rafique was appointed Of Counsel to Azam & Rai in 2019 and handles energy (oil and gas) matters for the Firm’s clients.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy (Oil and Gas)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Punjab Bar Council
  • Lahore High Court Bar Association
  • Lahore Bar Association
  • Pakistan Institute of Arbitration and Mediation
  • Pakistan Environmental Law Association
  • International Center for Dispute Resolution Young & International
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers


  • English
  • Urdu