Ali I. Alsarraf is a commercial litigator who represents companies and individuals in their most complex and high-stakes disputes. As an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, Mr. Alsarraf brings a wealth of experience in litigating and advising clients regarding crises that pose an existential threat to their companies’ businesses or brands. His work also includes representing clients in domestic and international forums in matters with significant human rights implications.
Mr. Alsarraf is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Human Rights and Global Strategy, and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices. He has significant experience in both federal and state courts in cases involving civil RICO, fraud, breach of contract, securities fraud, legal malpractice, and defamation claims. Mr. Alsarraf’s crisis management and litigation practice also includes representing clients held hostage overseas, victims of terrorism and other international law violations seeking to vindicate their rights through litigation in US courts, and investors seeking to recover their expropriated foreign investments. Mr. Alsarraf also has substantial experience vetting individuals for high-profile appointments in the content, tech, and media space.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Alsarraf served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann M. Donnelly of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before clerking, Mr. Alsarraf was a litigation associate at a top law firm in New York, where he focused on complex commercial litigation, international arbitration, and securities litigation and investigations. Mr. Alsarraf went to trial on cases in the Southern District of New York, in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and before an SEC administrative law judge.
Mr. Alsarraf maintains an active pro bono practice. He has successfully secured relief in federal court for homeless New Yorkers housed in New York City’s shelter system and secured a winning settlement in a Religious Freedom Restoration Act lawsuit against federal prison officials after he deposed two of the defendants. Mr. Alsarraf also succeeded in petitioning the Governor of Illinois to grant his incarcerated client clemency. Mr. Alsarraf has extensive experience working on immigration-related cases, arguing an immigration appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and representing clients in their refugee resettlement and Special Immigrant Visa applications. He has also filed amicus briefs concerning the death penalty and immigration issues.
Mr. Alsarraf serves as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and Associate Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and as a Co-Chair of the firm’s Muslim Affinity Group. He also serves on the Associate Board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and the board of the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago.
During law school, Mr. Alsarraf founded the USC chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project, was a member of the Southern California Law Review, and was a teaching fellow in the Legal Writing and Advocacy Program. He received the Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Award for his commitment to civil and social justice. Before law school, Mr. Alsarraf studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan.