Omar M. El-Halwagi is currently a labor and employment attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Omar graduated from both The University of Michigan Law School and The Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a joint JD/MPA. At Michigan, Omar was a Darrow Scholar, and at Harvard, he was a 2016-2017 Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. During his time in graduate school, Omar served as a National Law Student Representative on the American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, was co-chair of both the Harvard Kennedy School Muslim Caucus and the Michigan Law Muslim Law Students Association, and gave a TEDx talk entitled "When Faced with Islamophobia, Will You Be an Ally?".
Before moving to climates that had temperatures in the negatives, Omar attended Texas A&M University, where he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar, the first one from A&M in seventeen years. He then went on to work for the City of Houston as an internal consultant and developed the City's Lean Six Sigma training program, which brought in millions in savings to the City, improved efficiency and employee morale, and was even heralded as part of Mayor Annise Parker's legacy. And while many years have passed since his time working for the City, his commitment to Houston is still evident through the roles he plays as Programming Chair for the Rothko Chapel, Board Member for the Arab American Education Foundation, and as a member of the Young Person's Council for the Houston Urban Debate League.