Nusrat brings over two decades of legal experience, a balanced legal approach, a proven record of outstanding courtroom and trial advocacy, and a dedicated commitment to integrity to the court. Nusrat is dedicated to the spirit and application of the law and has the legal insight, integrity, and compassion to bring change to the trial court.
The oldest of five children, Nusrat grew up in a close-knit family in York, Pennsylvania. Her father, a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and a nurse with the PA Department of Corrections, and her mother, a homemaker, taught Nusrat the importance of fairness, empathy, and respect for the law. While attending Swarthmore College, the world opened up for this small town girl, and she was exposed to novel concepts of equity and social justice. Her childhood ethics merged with the unique perspectives gleaned from a liberal arts education, and she began to develop and understand how she would contribute to her community.
After graduating from Temple University Beasley School of Law, Nusrat put her education and values to work as a judicial law clerk, representing the injured, the elderly, and union workers against insurance companies and corporate interests. Nusrat learned that every person, regardless of the value of a claim or an injury, wants and expects to be treated fairly by the court. Over her eleven years as a personal injury attorney, Nusrat gained the skills to prepare her for the challenges that lay ahead.
In 2010, after a decade as a personal injury attorney, Nusrat opened The Rashid Firm in Chester, Pennsylvania. After representing a pro bono custody client, Nusrat saw that her skills would be better used in a different practice area – criminal defense and family law. Putting her trial advocacy and courtroom skills to work serving the voiceless, Nusrat has become a leading legal advocate in Delaware County courts for individuals and families in crisis. She has developed a stellar professional reputation amongst her colleagues and the bench and has consistently worked to bring justice and equity to the underserved.
Nusrat has been recognized as a leader in her community. She has been the recipient of the 2017 Chester Democratic Committee Service Award, 2014 CHOICES Woman of the Year Award, and the 2017 Charles Gordon Consistory #65 Chester Masonic Lodge Community Service Award. She is an active supporter of local youth sports programs, neighborhood civic associations, grassroots feeding programs in Chester, the Crozer Library, the Chester Boys & Girls Club, and the Delaware County Bar Association Outreach Program. Nusrat has been a frequent panelist and guest lecturer at community legal symposiums providing educational and civil information to the community.
In 2019, we have the opportunity to build a stronger, more accessible, balanced and diverse court dedicated to administering fair and equal justice and increasing public trust and confidence in the legal system