Meet our Team

Joyce Williams


Founder & Managing Attorney

Email: joyce@armooh-williams.com


Joyce Williams, Esq. is a multiple award-winning, U.S. Supreme Court-admitted, international trade, business, and immigration attorney; a project development and finance change agent; a prolific legal author; and the visionary founder and managing attorney of Armooh-Williams, PLLC, an internationally-recognized Project Development and Finance, International Trade and Commerce, Immigration law and Corporate & Business Law firm headquartered in the Washington, DC Metro area.

A vibrant advocate, advisor, and international legal industry innovator, Joyce's legal career has included working at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in Incheon, South Korea; the International Law Institute in Washington, DC; the Kozolchyk National Law Center in Tucson, Arizona, and the Annapolis, Maryland-based SILLAC firm. In these positions, Joyce provided advisory services to countries and multinationals in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean on regional integration, harmonization of trade law, U.S Trade policies, and project development & finance.

Via her multiple vice-chair ships at the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, together with her leadership at the Africa Bar Association, Joyce has supplied technical assistance to numerous African governments on the use of Arbitration as a crucial tool to revolutionize existing commercial/trade strategies and effectively attract substantial direct foreign investments.

Joyce’s legal authorship/editorship includes serving as the Editor-in-Chief to the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Africa Committee's "Africa Law Today" Journal; and inclusion in "Go West, Young Woman, Grow Up with Your Passion: Careers In International Law" (Fifth Edition, Editor: Marcelo Bombau, ISBN 978-1-64105-334-1, American Bar Association Section of International Law, (2019).

Joyce's consistent speaking and panelist engagements have enlightened audiences on a variety of trending legal topics, such as regional integration, global migration, blockchain, and international project development and finance.

In her spare hours, Joyce tirelessly provides pro bono legal services for immigration clients earnestly pursuing the dream of U.S. citizenship.

Joyce serves on the Board of United Community and Asankrangwa Kroye Kuo. She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of The Institute for African Women in Law and a Social Ambassador for Youth Advocates Ghana. An avid soccer fan Joyce has embarked on a project to combine her legal skills and passion for soccer to fight human trafficking in soccer through her platform, ISOKA.ORG.

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PRACTICE FOCUS
  • Project Development & Finance
  • International Trade & Commerce
  • Immigration Law
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Bar Association
    • Presidential Appointee, Rule of Law-Africa Council Editor in Chief, Africa Law Today Journal, Section of International Law, Africa Committee
  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Policy Network, Ghana & Diaspora
    • Head of Diaspora & Special Advisor
  • African Bar Association
    • Special Advisor, International Programs & Partnerships
ADMISSIONS
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • The State of Arizona, Supreme Court
EDUCATION
  • Arizona Summit Law School (Juris Doctor of Law)
  • Campbell University (Bachelor of Arts Economics)
AWARDS
  • Diversity Fellow, American Bar Association, Section of International Law
  • Outstanding Committee Member, Africa Committee, ABA-SIL.
  • Outstanding Collaboration Between Committees on a Non-CLE Committee Program “Enhanced Supply Chain Security: Combating Human Trafficking and Other Smuggling Through Legitimate Trade.” ABA-SIL.
  • Heart of the Community Award, United Community Ministries
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Twi
PUBLICATIONS
  • Go West, Young Woman, Grow up with Your Passion. Careers In International Law, Fifth Edition. Editor: Marcelo Bombau ISBN 978-1-64105-334-1 American Bar Association-Section of International Law, Chicago USA (2019)
  • The Role of Harmonized Law in Regulating the Use of Digital Technology in the Global Trading System. Contractual Issues In Private International Law. Editors: Prof. Dr. Sibel ÖZEL / Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa ERKAN. ISBN 978-605-7909-50-3. 1. BASKI - İSTANBUL, AR ALIK (2018)
  • Joyce Williams, Editor, The Counsel, ABA International Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Vol 1 (2017).
  • Joyce Williams, “Analysis of the CISG Article 35-Conformity of the Goods in the Changing Power Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility”, Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific. ISSN: 17721644. (2015).
  • Glenys P. Spence and Joyce Williams, “The Applicability of the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) to Emerging and Developing Economies” Brazil and the CISG,” ISBN 978- 8566722- 31-4 (2015).
  • Joyce Williams, "Increasing Private Sector Participation in Ghana through the Adoption and Implementation of the CISG." Africa Law Today, Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2012).
PRESENTATIONS
  • Panelist: Africa Legal Conference, Washington College of Law, American University Annual Conference, Washington, DC (2019)
  • Panelist: Contractual Issues in Private International Law, Marmara University Annual Legal Conference, Istanbul, Turkey (2018)
  • Panelist: Rule of Law: Harmonization of African Laws to Achieve African Union’s Agenda 2063-Issues & Challenges. African Bar Association, 3rd Annual Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya. (2018)
  • Panelist: Regulating the unknown: What is Block Chain Technology and Why Should Governments in Africa Care. African Business Roundtable, Nairobi, Kenya. (2018)
  • Panelist: The Role of The Diaspora in U.S – Africa Trade and Investment. 17th U.S-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum: AGOA Summit, Washington D.C. (2018)
  • Anchor Person: The Role of Arbitration Practitioners in the Development of Arbitration in Africa. Fourth SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference, Kigali, Rwanda. (2018)
  • Panelist: Creating Sustainable Businesses in Ghana for Shared Economic Prosperity, Rethinking Non-Profits as a Business Model. Ghana Diaspora Business Development Conference, Washington D.C. (2018)
  • Panelist: Creating a Sustainable Business Environment in Africa, the role of lawyers and the Business Community. African Bar Association, 2nd Annual Meeting, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. (2017)
  • Speaker: Creating an Inclusive Bar: Opportunities and Challenges for Young African Lawyers. Young Lawyer’s Forum. African Bar Association, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. (2017)
  • Panelist: Pathways to Employment in International Law. American Bar Association-Section of International Law /Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Washington D.C. (2017)
  • Speaker: Understanding the Confusion surrounding the Trump Administration’s Repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). DACA Information Session, UCM-Progreso, Alexandria, Virginia. (2017)
  • Panelist: Examining the impact of the rule of law on realizing the benefits of international trade: the importance of formal, independent and impartial judiciary in Africa. Rule of Law Conference, African Bar Association, Harare, Zimbabwe. (2016)
  • Panelist: Adoption and Implementation of the WTO's Agreement on Trade Facilitation in the African Region. The New York-Africa Forum, Libreville, Gabon. (2015)
  • Panelist: Comparison of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention) (1958) and Ghana’s ADR Act 2010. The Evolving Spectrum in ADR Conference, Accra, Ghana. (2015)
  • Panelist: Conformity of the Goods in the Context of Corporate Social Responsibility. Trade Development through the Harmonization of Commercial Law UNCITRAL-UM Conference, Macau, SAR. (2014)
  • Moderator: The Legal Implications of Regional Integration Systems in Africa. Teleconference, (2014)
  • Panelist: The Wealth of Latin America and the Caribbean: Investing in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Webinar, Sept. (2014)
  • Speaker: Invest in Ghana: Do Business in Ghana. Symposium, Washington, D.C. (2014)
  • Panelist: Buyer’s obligations and risk of loss under the CISG. CISG Congress, Curitiba, Brazil. (2014)

Zarmina Panah


Of-Counsel

Email: zarmina@armooh-williams.com


Zarmina focuses her practice on international business, business immigration, international trade, and intellectual property.

Zarmina studied law in Germany, England, and the United States. She has an LLB degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, an LLM from the City University, London, England, and the American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. She also studied English and European Law at the University of Law in London. She was a comparative law fellow at Osgoode Law in Toronto, Canada. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York.

Before joining the firm, Zarmina worked at various law firms and institutions in Germany, England, and the United States. For the last two years, she worked with an international law firm in the Washington DC region.

PRACTICE FOCUS
  • International Business
  • Business Immigration
  • International Trade
  • Intellectual Property
ADMISSIONS

The State of New York

EDUCATION
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany, LLB
  • The City University, London England, LLM
  • American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C, LLM
LANGUAGES
  • German
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Urdu
  • French

Sousan Diraz


Associate Attorney

Email: sousan@armooh-williams.com


Sousan Diraz specializes in international trade law, with an emphasis on free trade agreements, immigration law, and international business law. She is fluent in three languages and holds an LLM in International Law and Legal Studies from American University, Washington College of Law.

Sousan’s previous legal internships and volunteerism include pivotal immigration and civil rights work for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR), Ayuda, and Neighborhood Legal Services.

PRACTICE FOCUS
  • International Trade Law
  • International Business Law
  • Immigration Law
ADMISSIONS
  • New York State Bar Association
EDUCATION
  • American University Washington College of Law, L.L.M. (International Law)
  • Mansoura University, Egypt, LLB
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Arabic

Victor Olabode Munis


Foreign Consultant

Email: victor@armooh-williams.com


Victor Olabode Munis, a seasoned attorney who serves as a foreign legal consultant at Armooh-Williams, providing legal advisory services in financial services. His practice areas include Energy & Natural Resources Law, Banking & Finance Law, Insurance Law, Corporate/Commercial Law, International Trade Law, Property Law, and Arbitration.

Before joining the firm, Victor was a partner at TRLPLW Solicitors & Advocates in Nigeria, West Africa, specializing in oil and gas, the shipping industry, the power industry, and land rights. He additionally conducted significant research on investor guarantees, as commissioned by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and has supplied legal services to the largest hydropower plant in Nigeria.

Victor also recently worked with a team of international lawyers on the privatization of the PHCN power company in Nigeria, wherein he represented a consortium that won the concession of two of the country's largest hydropower plants. He additionally served as a legal adviser to the Association of Power Generation Companies in Nigeria.

In his reserve spare time, Victor tirelessly mentors' students at the University of Manchester's "Manchester Gold Mentoring" program in London.

PRACTICE FOCUS
  • Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Banking & Finance, Insurance
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • International Trade
  • Property Law
  • International Arbitration
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Vice Chair: (Membership & Policy) Cross-Border Practice Management Committee
    • Vice Chair: (Communications), Africa Committee
  • Member, Young International Arbitration Group
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Member, Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA)
ADMISSIONS

Nigerian Bar

EDUCATION
  • The University of Manchester LL.M (International Business & Commercial Law) 2009-2010
  • Nigerian Law School B.L (Bar Vocational Course: License to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor) 2006-2007
  • University of Lagos LL.B (Hons.) 1994 – 2000
OTHER COURSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Thomson Reuters Compliance Training: Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (Global) 2018
  • London Institute of Business & Management: Anti-Money Laundering Course 2019
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • French - Conversational
  • Portuguese - Conversational
  • Yoruba
AWARDS
  • Top 40 under 40 Lawyers - Nigerian Legal Awards 2016
  • Dealmaker of the year - TRLPLAW Awards 2015