Emil J. Ali provides legal representation of professionals across many regulated industries to limit, defend, and deflect liability in regulatory and professional conduct investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases. His diverse experience affords him the ability to provide advice and counsel to licensed professionals including investment advisors, broker-dealers, registered representatives, and attorneys.
Mr. Ali formerly investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorney misconduct at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). While at the OED, Mr. Ali helped to promulgate the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, which are based upon the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. His unique experience affords him an understanding of the regulation of the legal profession. Mr. Ali has routinely presented and written regarding best practices for professionals to avoid regulator complaints. He also provides guidance to law firms and attorneys regarding employment transitions and the related conflicts. Additionally, Mr. Ali is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR.
Mr. Ali also spent time at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. There, he worked closely with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prosecute a variety of crimes in the District of Columbia.
Mr. Ali previously worked for the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration where he regulated group health plans and promulgated regulations under the Affordable Care Act. His experience at the DOL allows him to help clients understand the complex provisions of ERISA, including fiduciary obligations, and the Affordable Care Act. Emil also managed the commercial regulatory affairs program at Providence Health Plan where he led a team of professionals to provide regulatory compliance assistance for a multi-billion-dollar health insurance issuer.
Emil has represented clients before the SEC, various state securities regulators, state accountancy boards, the USPTO, and within state and federal courts. Emil regularly counsels clients on a wide range of other corporate compliance and general counsel matters and acts as outside general counsel to a number of companies.
Emil also blogs about issues pertinent to the IP community:
J.D., Howard University School of Law - Washington, DC
- Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team
- Student Bar Association Class Vice President
- Faculty Bar Passage Committee
- UCCS Scholar Intern
- UCSA LobbyCore
- Director, Model UN
District of Columbia
USPTO (Registered Patent Attorney)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE
American Bar Association, IP Law Section, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, Vice Chair
American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Member
American Bar Association YLD Ethics & Professionalism Committee, Former Chair
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Liaison to Policy Implementation Committee
2018 Rosner & Rosner Lawyers Professionalism Award
Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member
Coro, Former Health Leaders Fellow
District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program, Former Volunteer Attorney
Oregon State Bar, Intellectual Property Section, Member
Oregon State Bar, Securities Regulation Section, Member
Oregon State Bar, Diversity Law Section, Member
INSIGHTS AND PRESENTATIONS
PLI’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2020 (San Francisco), Practising Law Institute (July 15-17, 2020)
How to be a CCO, Carr Butterfield, LLC (October 24, 2019)
Presentation to the ABA House of Delegates Regarding PMBR, American Bar Association (August 12, 2019)
CLE: Welcome to the Tech Sector—Ethics for IP & Technology Attorneys (Ethics), American Bar Association (August 9, 2019)
Ethics of Contract Drafting, Multnomah Bar Association (June 13, 2019)
University of Dayton School of Law - 29th Annual Program In Law and Technology (PILT) Seminar, Trademark Representation: Ethics of the Rise in Foreign Filings (June 7, 2019)
Strengthen and Update Internal Risk Management, ABA CPR (May 31, 2019)
Trademark Representation Risks : Best Practices For Reducing Malpractice And Ethics Complaints, Strafford (May 8, 2019)
Protecting Your On-Line Reputation without Losing Your License, ABA CPR (April 23, 2019)
Recommendation and Report to the Assembly Regarding PMBR, ABA YLD Ethics and Professionalism Committee (January 26, 2019)
University of Dayton School of Law - 28th Annual Program In Law and Technology (PILT) Seminar, Ethics for IP Professionals: The Three C’s – Communication, Conflicts, and Client Trust Accounting (June 8, 2018)
Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section, Ethics for IP Professionals: The Three C’s – Communication, Conflicts, and Client Trust Accounting (May 2, 2018)
Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, The Nuts & Bolts of SEC Whistleblower Claims & How the Recent Digital Realty Case Changed the Landscape (March 21, 2018)