Sohail Mohammed was a Clifton lawyer with a small practice -- well-liked and respected around the region, but unknown everywhere else.
Then came 9/11.
In the tumultuous, fear-driven months following the attacks, the collegial immigration lawyer stepped into the center of a national storm.
Mohammed, just 37 at the time, fought in court for dozens of immigrants rounded up in a massive dragnet, publicly accused FBI agents of intimidating Muslims in North Jersey and provoked talk-show host Chris Matthews when he refused on national television to acknowledge that the hijackers were Muslims.
"It's a disgrace to link a religion with these terrorists," he said during an appearance on "Hardball."