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Emil J. Ali

Los Angeles

Direct: (310) 596-1234

Cell: (202) 556-3645

Fax: (310) 649-7890



Emil J. Ali focuses his practice on limiting and defending respondents in regulatory and professional conduct investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases with the goal of helping protect his clients' licenses and good name in two major industries--the legal and financial professions. His diverse experience affords him the ability to provide advice and counsel to licensed professionals including attorneys, investment advisors, broker-dealers, and registered representatives.

Emil's experience includes working within the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). While at the OED, he helped to promulgate the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. His unique experience affords him an understanding of the regulation of the legal profession. He also provides guidance to law firms and attorneys regarding employment transitions and the related conflicts, and represents some of the most well-known intellectual property firms in resolving ethical dilemmas.  As a registered patent attorney, Emil understands the nuances of patent prosecution and litigation, as well as the unique obligations of patent and trademark practitioners who practice before the USPTO.  His work includes focused efforts to understand the intersection of specialized IP & Ethics issues, including subject matter conflicts, PTAB and TTAB sanctions issues, as well as inequitable conduct and duty of disclosure issues.  Additionally, Emil is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR where he teaches legal ethics. Emil is also routinely retained as an expert in matters related to disqualification, conflicts, privilege, and confidentiality.

Emil's practice also includes assisting registered investment advisors and broker dealers in complying with SEC, State, and FINRA obligations. He helps advisors break away from wirehouses and form their own advisory firms, while ensuring compliance with the Broker Protocol, negotiation of promissory notes, and any FINRA arbitrations. McCabe & Ali LLP's national practice allows them to service advisors of all sizes across the U.S.

Emil previously worked for the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits Security Administration where he focused his time on issues related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His experience at the DOL allows him to help clients understand the complex provisions of ERISA, including fiduciary obligations.  Emil also spent time at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

In his spare time, Emil enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and working to improve the legal profession by working on lawyer well-being and diversity issues.



J.D., Howard University School of Law - Washington, DC

Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team
Student Bar Association Class Vice President
Faculty Bar Passage Committee

B.A., University of California - Irvine, CA

UCCS Scholar Intern
UCSA LobbyCore
Director, Model UN


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
USPTO (Registered Patent Attorney)


Professional Activities and Community Service

American Bar Foundation, Elected Life Member

American Bar Association, IP Law Section, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, Chair (Former Vice-Chair)
American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Diversity Committee Member
American Bar Association YLD Ethics & Professionalism Committee, Former Chair

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Committee on the Profession, Vice-Chair
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Board Member (Former 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
Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, Former Chair
American Inns of Court, Owen M. Panner Inn, Former Barrister
American Inns of Court, Howard T. Markey Inn, Barrister



IP Ethics Resources

Speaking Engagements

The professionals at McCabe//Ali speak at numerous events throughout the year for some of the largest bar organizations in the world, both online and in-person. Topics include Trademark and Patent Ethics, Malpractice Defense, IP and USPTO Ethics, and more.

IPethics & INsights Blog

A resource for intellectual property attorneys regarding patent and trademark ethics, professional liability, and discipline, including the latest USPTO and court decisions, trends, news, and analysis.

Custom CLE Programming

McCabe//Ali provides on-site or remote Continuing Legal Education programs customized specifically for IP practitioners, in-house counsel, risk managers, and para-professionals. Our programs, which are designed specifically for the needs of your organization, provide a simple, cost-effective, and efficient way to earn valuable CLE credit.

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