Since 2008, Ali “Ari” has led the Firm’s efforts in corporate and litigation matters, including complex matters before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco), United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles), United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and in California state courts, where he was first admitted to practice law.
In addition to serving as the managing attorney of the Firm, Ali has held positions with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, various technology companies, WilmerHale LLP, and the City of Boston Law Department.
His law practice is primarily dedicated to litigation, transactional, and dispute resolution services, including going to trial, ensuring fair business practices and fair competition, and providing defense and prosecution of commercial litigation claims, such as for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, patent, consumer, fraud, and complex matters, as well as overseeing corporate governance matters for private companies. His vision for efficient, effective legal strategy has continued to garner client praise.
Ali’s experience includes the following:
- Lead trial counsel.Trial victory for the Firm. Breach of contract action, held before the Hon. Ronald E. Quidachay, of the Superior Court, County of San Francisco. The Firm’s client awarded costs and attorney’s fees, as the prevailing party in the matter.
- Lead trial counsel. Case No. CU12-078757, California Superior Court, before the Hon. Sean P. Dowling. Led trial efforts on behalf of the Firm’s client, the plaintiff, after filing a complaint for breach of contract, unfair business practices, and employment law claims. Victory for the Firm. The trial court entered judgment in favor of the Firm’s client in finding that Defendants’ corporate officers and directors’ business practices violated California Business and Professions Code § 17200 in their individual personal capacities separate and apart from the corporation. Attorney’s fees and costs awarded to the client.
- Lead trial counsel. Patent Litigation, defense of, based on claims of infringement of visual voice mail technology, in Klausner Technologies, Inc. v. Halloo Communications, Inc., Case No. 6:12-cv-00174-LED (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas).
- Corporate Governance. General Counsel, California Institute of Computer Assisted Surgery, Inc., Doctorbase, Inc. Corporate representation and in-house counsel, including organization, formation, mergers and acquisitions, employee matters, financings, stock transactions, intellectual property and contracts.
- Lead trial counsel. Settlement through Mediation. The Firm represented the plaintiff-employee in Case No. CGC-14-538165, for wrongful [employment] termination (discrimination based on race and ethnicity, religion) in the Superior Court of State of California, County of San Francisco. Case settled favorably for Firm’s client prior to trial and involved claims for, inter alia, wrongful termination and violation of the Unfair Competition Law, California Business and Professions Code § 17200.
- Lead trial counsel. Representation of employee-plaintiff for wrongful termination [discrimination based on gender and sex] in Superior Court of State of California, County of San Francisco. Case settled for Firm’s client well in advance of trial for a confidential settlement amount.
- Lead trial counsel. Defense of small business in claims under California Labor Code. Case resolved quickly in favor of Firm’s client in less than a year, with no concession of liability.
- Appellate Litigation. Successful affirmance of trial court’s decision, before three-judge appeals panel before the Sixth District Court of Appeals, affirming ruling on First Amendment, free speech, tort, defamation, and Anti-SLAPP issues.
- Lead trial counsel. Representation of defendant, the CEO of the company, in a three-week jury trial, before the Hon. Sean P. Dowling in the Superior Court of California. The Firm won dismissal of the plaintiff’s main claims, via directed verdict motion, before case submitted to jury.
- Lead trial counsel. Representation on behalf of plaintiff-patentee in litigation styled as California Institute of Computer Assisted Surgery, Inc. v. Med-Surgical Services, Inc. et al. Patent and technology litigation based on IP portfolio consisting of methods and apparatuses for robotic surgery and medical applications.
- Co-Lead trial counsel. Representation of Plaintiff in patent litigation, in Lung Sheng Ind. Co., Ltd., v. Spyder, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:11-cv-02036 (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).
- Co-Lead trial counsel. Representation of defendant in patent litigation in Asyst Tech., LLC et al. v. Eagle Eyes Traffic Ind. Co., Ltd et al., (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin).
- Lead trial counsel. Representation of defendant in patent litigation in USB Technologies v. Sanho (U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles).
Ali graduated from Suffolk University Law School (J.D.) in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a member of the Suffolk University Law Review.
In 2007, Ali’s article relating to the federal law known as the Americans With Disabilities Act, was published in Volume 40, No. 2 (March 21, 2007) of the Suffolk University Law Review. The publication has been cited numerous times by other legal journals and publications.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University. Other than work, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, reading, and the great outdoors.