When Muhammad Faridi arrived in the United States from a tiny village in Pakistan at the age of 12, he could speak only a handful of English words. Today, he is a Big Law partner, an example of the American Dream that he worries is fading.

Faridi, a commercial litigator at New York-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, came to the United States in 1994 from Bharth, a community roughly 15 miles from Kashmir with about 25 families, little electricity and no telephones.

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