The ATFP biography for Ali states that
"Ms. Ali is a resident of Washington, D.C., where she manages her law firm's international practice (Ali & Partners) which she formed in 1991. Between 1991-1994, in addition to being a Partner in her own firm, Ms. Ali acted as a Special Counsel Partner in Donovan, Leisure, Huge & Schiller, and then in Shea & Gould. In that capacity, she integrated her knowledge of the Middle East and its business laws with her knowledge of US laws and culture. In 1994, she re-devoted her time exclusively to Ali & Partners. She has practiced law for over 19 years in the Middle East, working with major US, European and Japanese companies.
"Ms. Ali received an LL.B. from Leeds Polytechnic University in England in 1981 and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1983.
"Ms. Ali is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the New York Bar, the American Bar Association, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Foreign Law Society, the Arab Association for International Arbitration and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center."