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Emil J Ali

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 6 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 11 years
    California - CA 12 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2017
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2012
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Emil

Learn Emil’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    We represent intellectual property practitioners and law firms in ethics matters before OED and various state bars. We also advise law firms on best practices in lateral movement and conflicts policies.

  2. Securities and investment fraud
    We represent investment advisors, broker-dealers, and securities professionals in enforcement actions, registration, and compliance matters.

Emil 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. He also is a frequent lecturer in the field of legal ethics, including as an adjunct professor of law.


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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2024
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USPTO OED and State Bar Matters
I want to give Emil my absolute strongest possible recommendation. I had a serious criminal record. Yet through Emil’s guidance, I fully disclosed my criminal record and received positive moral character determinations from: (1) the USPTO OED based on my application alone, with no further questioning; and (2) the State Bar with only one round of emailed questions. I heard back from the USPTO about 1-2 months after passing the Patent Bar and from the State Bar about 3-4 months after sending in my initial application. I could not have done this without Emil. I selected Emil after speaking with multiple other attorneys. From the moment I hired him, I knew I made the right call. Emil helped me not only spot complex legal issues, but also tackle them in a way that preserved my reputation and career path. For anyone in the IP space facing ethical dilemmas or navigating the moral character process, Emil is the go-to professional. His deep understanding of ethics law and the unique duties of IP Practitioners provided invaluable peace of mind. Be sure to check out his blog! Emil’s expertise also extends far beyond IP matters. His guidance through the State Bar moral character application process was unparalleled. He is an invaluable asset for anyone facing ethical or moral-character issues from any state licensing board. His personalized approach ensures that each application reflects the full depth of a client’s character and professional integrity, positioning them for success. What sets Emil apart is not only his comprehensive legal knowledge or unique experience working at the USPTO OED, but also his proactive approach to spotting potential challenges and his genuine commitment to his clients’ success. Emil is more than just a lawyer–he is a trusted advisor, a strategist, and, when needed, a friend who understands the stakes involved. His attentiveness, thoroughness, and empathy truly stand out.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2023
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Legal Ethics Counsel
Emil has considerable expertise in the USPTO’s OED investigation and knows the rules well. He not only helped resolve the issue he was hired for but also foresaw potential challenges down the road and provided to me viable solutions to avoid pitfalls. Without his instrumental guidance and legal network my struggle in this process could have been much longer and deeper. Emil is truly a great lawyer with knowledge, skills, and passion that I can count on.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
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Excellent Legal Ethics Attorney!
Another CA legal ethics attorney strongly recommended Emil to assist me with my application to the CA Bar. More specifically, he helped me with my CA Moral Character application through every step of the process. His assistance and guidance was so effective that I was not given an informal review to discuss my moral character issue further. The affidavit and evidence I submitted were enough to explain my situation, and the CA Bar deemed approved me with no further issues. Emil is very attentive, thorough, empathetic, and an all-around great attorney and human being. I strongly recommend anyone to do a consultation with him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2023
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Brings a whole army!
Emil is like the friend you have had since childhood that knows how to make you feel. He is half psychologist and friend and half lawyer in your court. He always brings his “A game” to battle the USPTO’S OED and he was able to tell me exactly what they would say in response to everything. Once he stepped up, things changed for the better. I could not have done this without him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2023
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Phenomenal IP Ethics Attorney
There are very few ethics attorneys in the intellectual property ("IP") space. Fewer still are competent to tackle ethical questions about trademarks and patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). Emil has previous work experience with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO, making him uniquely qualified to offer IP ethics guidance. I like his pragmatic application of ethics law for IP practitioners who turn to him for guidance on thorny ethics questions. Because I practice in this area of law, Emil is a great attorney to consult with about those questions. This helps me rest easy knowing I am working proactively with a highly qualified attorney to avoid issues down the road who has seen the inner workings of the USPTO. He has helped me clearly navigate difficult questions I encounter as an IP (specifically trademarks) practitioner.
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Posted by Dan | June 7, 2023
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Sr. Patent Attorney
Emil is prompt, thoughtful and pragmatic. He is an attorney of the highest caliber. Without his guidance and expertise the damage that could have occurred to my standing in the Patent Bar would have been catastrophic. Emil is truly a lifesaver.
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2022
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Great Experience
Emil made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. I spoke with at least 4 other attorneys and Emil instantly helped me feel at ease. Throughout our engagement he gave me good perspective and course, and ultimately resolved the issue I was facing. Would strongly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2021
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Really great experience
Emil was recommended to me by a former colleague. He is an excellent attorney and is extremely knowledgeable about his areas of practice. Emil quickly brought himself up to speed with my legal issue and greatly helped. I can recommend him because he is highly communicative, he returned emails and calls quickly. Emil clearly explained my legal options and helped me choose the best path forward. He worked tirelessly to resolve my issue and I am really grateful for his help. Based on my experience, Emil is someone I can easily recommend to others.
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Posted by Amanda | June 13, 2021
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Emil was absolutely vital!
I was connected to Emil by a colleague when I decided to depart my previous firm and start my own RIA. He was instrumental in helping me understand the terms of my employment agreement and formulating a plan for my exit. As expected, things got a bit rocky after my departure and Emil's guidance was absolutely vital. He got me through a very tumultuous and stressful time and was so helpful and supportive, not to mention incredibly responsive. His legal guidance was essential and I am grateful to have him on my team!
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Posted by Elizabeth Rizzo | June 9, 2021
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Assisted when no one else would!
A few years ago I had a disk replacement in my neck. This surgeon was widely known and had a well versed staff. Not long after the surgery I was advised the insurance claim had been denied. I tried everything to solve the problem. The 30K bill was now mine. I needed counsel. Few lawyers want to get involved in a small claim such as this, but Emil did. He took on a huge insurance company and my employer, because my company was self insured. After months of terrible, unprofessional treatment, Emil’s perseverance and skill won out. The bill was paid. Emil took the time to listen to me and understand the problem. I would refer him to anyone needing legal advise.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2020
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Ethics Counsel
I hired Emil to represent me with an ethics issue before the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Although I am an attorney, he walked me through the entire process from start to finish. His efforts helped my matter get resolved without formal action, and he was excellent at communication.
Posted by Zain | February 17, 2012
Case against landlord; Very reliable lawyer
Hired Emil to help in a case against my landlord who unjustly kept my security deposit. He was very helpful, available, and explained things well. I've never sued someone so was naturally anxious about the process but Emil was great about keeping informed throughout. I'd definitely use him again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Member, Co-Vice Chair Committee on the Profession
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Various Chair or Vice Chair positions
  • 2017 - Present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member, Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Rosner and Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award
  • American Bar Association
  • 2018


  • CNA Insurance (November 2019, Issue 5)
  • Business Transactions Between Client and Lawyer
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • The USPTO's Focus on Declarations - How to Ensure your Patent and Trademark Filings Comport with the USPTO Rules,
  • Trademark Ethics
  • 2020

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Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Emil for over five years as a friend, a fellow attorney, and a client. He is one of the most diligent and knowledgeable attorneys I've had the pleasure of knowing. He proactively stays on top of professional matters, and answers questions promptly and to the best of his ability. Emil has my ardent support and endorsement."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Friend
"Emil is a great attorney and a respected authority in his practice areas. I have known Emil for many years and I can say without a doubt that he cares deeply about his cases and is one of the hardest working people I know. He is also extremely intelligent and has a very analytical but practical approach to law practice. He is also client focused and responsive, two qualities that are many times lacking in the legal profession. Emil is my go to authority on many legal questions I have or that arise in my practice, and he is often the first person I call if I have a question pertaining to ethics or professional responsibility. His advice has always been tremendously helpful and his guidance has been invaluable. He is a talented litigator whose love for the law extends to his work as a lecturer in professional ethics. He has my full endorsement."
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