Attorney Kimberley Motley has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most respected and successful international human rights lawyers. The former beauty queen, (Mrs. Wisconsin-America 2004) is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, Motley traveled to Afghanistan when she became the first and only foreign lawyer to ever litigate in Afghanistan’s Courts. She has been practicing law internationally, primarily on human rights issues, for over twelve years and her practice has grown to where she represents people on every continent.
Her success has included but is not limited to, securing the first Presidential Pardon for a woman charged with adultery which subsequently decriminalized running away as a crime in Afghanistan, successfully working on international child abduction cases which resulted in the return of British and Australian children ages ranging from 2 years to 8 years old, successfully working in Bolivia on stopping the legalization of child rapes under the age of 6 through the representation of a forensic doctor, successfully working towards the release of Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia.
Bringing her vast knowledge, experience, success record and steadfast ethical standards to each case, Motley challenges outdated illegal cultural norms and focuses on laws that are underutilized. In 2012, she was the first attorney to be given the title of Honorary Legal Representative to Her Majesty’s Ambassador and the British Embassy in Afghanistan – a title that she has maintained under five UK Ambassadors and continues to maintain.
Her expert legal work has earned international attention with segments on the BBC, CNN, NBC, as well as profiles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, London Times, The Washington Post, among many others. In 2014, Richard Branson named her as one of the fourteen most inspirational people. Recently, Motley has also been working on Black Lives Matters cases in the U.S. which includes fighting against police corruption and for criminal justice reform. She is also the CEO and founder of Motley Legal Services and the Justness Project.
Motley has given a TED TALK with over a million views entitled “How I Defend the Rule of Law” that outlines some of her groundbreaking human rights work. An award winning international documentary highlighting her work entitled “Motley’s Law” was released in 2015. Forever the DJ, Motley is also developing a comic book about a superhero team of lawyers and investigators who travel around the world fighting cases. In 2020 a book about her unusual life and legal practice entitled LAWLESS was released.
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