- University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
- J.D. – 2016
- Honors: Certificate of Distinction in Litigation Skills
- University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
- B.A. – 2013
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019-present
- Edward M. Post Award, 2014
- Kentucky Bench and Bar Scholarship Award, 2016
- Kentucky Judges Association Scholarship Award, 2016
- Kentucky, 2016
- Washington, 2020
Aida Almasalkhi devotes her practice to ensuring that victims of sexual abuse have full and fair access to justice, a privilege she came to appreciate in her formative years. As a child of immigrants and a first-generation American, Aida frequently visited extended family in Syria, her parents’ native country. During a 2010 visit, just prior to the Syrian civil war, she witnessed rising tension throughout the country. Under its dictatorship, ordinary Syrians were subjected to extraordinary injustices with no legal recourse. It was from that disturbing experience that she recognized the importance of the rule of law and American ideals of fairness and justice for all. This new appreciation led to her decision to participate in the United States’ legal system, eventually studying to become a lawyer.
While in law school, Aida excelled in trial advocacy, earning her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate of Distinction in Litigation Skills. Naturally gifted in the art of dispute, Aida pursued a litigation practice—first as a corporate defense attorney and now at PCVA as a legal advocate and representative for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She attributes her ability to successfully rebut defense arguments, negotiate favorable settlements, and win sex abuse cases at trial to her understanding of how defense counsel thinks, strategizes, and makes decisions.
An exceptional listener who works to accommodate an individual’s comfort threshold and goals, Aida becomes a trusted advisor. With discretion, empathy, and patience, she helps clients understand their options and potential outcomes. While navigating the sensitive, complex, emotional, and often painful conversations, she gives credit to injured individuals for having the courage to come forward—either privately through settlement or publicly through litigation. Whether the larger goal is to obtain acknowledgement of the wrongs, an apology, or accountability, Aida is committed to helping each individual PCVA client find the closure they need to heal through financial compensation.
Aida appreciates that, as a firm, not only does PCVA help sex abuse survivors navigate the law and win their cases, but it is also making a difference for future generations. Over the years, the firm has had a hand in establishing laws to disrupt institutional sexual abuse patterns, increase consequences for offenders, and benefit survivors.
- U of L Law Mock Trial Team Coach, 2017 to 2020