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Habbal, Ratib
Language: Arabic Translation:  No    Interpreting:  Yes   
Language Combinations:

English <> Arabic 

Fields of Speciality:

Legal, business, court, interpreting at fast paced lectures, and Muslim religious lectures.

ATA Certification:
Michigan Court Certified Interpreter:

Qualified Arabic Interpreter by the State Court Administrative Office--ID#  Q 11828
Approved Arabic Interpreter by the Oakland County 6th Judicial Circuit Court.

International Certification:

Certified Arabic Interpreter by the Arab Professional Translators Society, License #30039

Member Description:

Ratib HabbalHello,

Thank you for visiting my profile. My cellular phone: (248) 390-5910
I started providing Arabic interpreting services in 1994 at a court case in the 36th District Court of Detroit. 
I am currently working full-time as an Arabic Interpreter in the legal field, and I am also an active mediator at the Wayne County Circuit and Probate Court.

Mission Statement: Focused on making your conversation with the LEP (Limited English Proficient) respondent as effortless as possible.  

  My credentials include:

1. Certified Arabic translator by the Arab Professional Translators Society.

2. Qualified Arabic interpreter by the Michigan Supreme Court. 

3. Approved Arabic Interpreter by the Oakland County 6thJudicial Circuit Court of Michigan.

4. Approved interpreter by the Michigan Department of State.

5. MBA (Masters of Business) degree from Wayne State University.

My experience includes working at: 

  • Federal Courts: US District Court-Eastern District of Michigan, Assistant US Prosecutor's Office, Federal Defender Office, Social Security Administration ODAR hearings, US Asylum interview in Chicago, US Immigration Court in Detroit, and USCIS immigration interviews in Detroit
  • District Courts: 36th of Detroit, 19th of Dearborn, 31st of Hamtramck, 20th of Dearborn Heights, 21st of Garden City, 41st of Sterling Heights, 35th of Plymouth, and 52nd of Troy
  • Circuit Courts: Wayne County 3rd Circuit, Oakland County 6th Circuit, Macomb County 16th Circuit, Wayne County Friend of the Court, and Wayne County Juvenile Division
  • Michigan Agencies: Workers Compensation Agency, Secretary of State (driver's licence exam), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) office
  • Other: Polygraph (lie detector), depositions at law offices for personal injury cases, independent medical examinations for workers comp cases, victim interviews at the Detroit Police Department, and insurance company interviews at PI attorney offices.

Memberships include: State Bar of Michigan-ADR section, Detroit Bar Association, and National Language Service Corps.

Publications: Top signs that you need to look for a better Foreign Language Interpreter in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly newspaper, October 3, 2011.

Recommendation from Federal Judge Robert H. Cleland stating (Page 2): "Finally, the court clarifies that Mr. Habbal is not the “official translator,” as such, for Defendant’s case--though the court would be satisfied if he were, as he is one of the most professional, meticulous, and efficient translators who have appeared before the court.

Lecturer at MiTin Session titled:  Best Practices for Court Interpreters on Sat. Apr 25, 2015.

Marketing Yourself as a Foreign Language Interpreter on Sat. Sep. 16, 2017.


7 great reasons to call Ratib first:

 1. Quick response regarding my availability: I reply to emails on my cellular phone, and I always reply to voice messages as soon as I can. I never outsource my work to others. 

2. Guaranteed on time arrival: I arrive at least 30 minutes early. (my motto: Early is the new "on time", and on time is the new "late")

 3. Reconfirmation: I always reconfirm the day before the appointment.

4. Professional image: I always dress professionally and wear a name tag.

5. No Liability: US citizen with government clearance and listed as a government contractor with PTAC.

6. No Accent: I speak both English and Arabic without an accent because I grew up in the Detroit area, and I spent most summers of my life in Syria.

7. Strict adherence to the Code of Ethics: Outlined by the State Court Administrative Office.

My average service rate is $60 per hour

 (2 hr. Minimum. Travel time from Canton, MI 48187) 
I welcome your call or text directly to my cellular phone at (248) 390-5910.

Ratib Habbal.                                                                                          updated Sep. 2017

mailing address:

42807 Ford Rd. #108

Canton, MI 48187


City: 42807 Ford Rd #108, Canton State: MI
Country: USA Zip Code: 48187
Cell Phone: (248) 390-5910
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