Emil J. Ali is Associate Counsel with the Oregon firm of Carr Butterfield, LLC representing attorneys in professional conduct investigations and providing advice on compliance with conduct rules. As a former bar counsel at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), Office of Enrollment and Discipline, he investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorney misconduct and led a team of attorneys to draft the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. He formerly served as Special Assistant at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration.
As an active member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, he serves as Vice-Chair of its Ethics and Professionalism Committee and has presented on a variety of topics relating to best practices for attorneys to avoid regulatory complaints.
He is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland. Mr. Ali received his B.A. from the University of California – Irvine and J.D. from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
The award will be presented during the 2018 National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Louisville, KY.