Fatima Hassan Ali represents clients in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts. She has conducted numerous depositions, drafted effective dispositive briefs, and argued in federal court. Her experience also includes assisting with an internal investigation, interviewing key witnesses, and drafting an extensive report analyzing the law and recommending actions.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Fatima worked at a trial boutique firm in Houston and clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, one of the nation's busiest federal courts.
Fatima has an intensive pro bono practice and has tried eight jury trials on behalf of the City of Houston as a volunteer prosecutor. Prior to law school, Fatima worked with the United Nations in Geneva focusing on gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, with a philanthropic consulting firm, and as a legal intern with the government of Rwanda where she helped draft legal instruments related to strategic foreign investments. In 2012, she was awarded The White House "Champion of Change" for American Diaspora leadership. Her article, "Documenting Brutalities to Change the World," was published in The New York Times on July 22, 2009.
Fatima is currently a co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
- Harvard University (J.D. 2014; Student attorney, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Editor, Harvard Human Rights Journal; Commencement recognition for more than 1,000 pro bono hours completed); Stanford University (B.A. in Human Biology with honors 2009, minor in African Studies; International Public Service Fellow [awarded to one senior class member]; James W. Lyons Service Award for Exceptional Service to the University)
- Texas and New York
- Law Clerk to Judge Micaela Alvarez, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (2015-2016)