Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C., (August 4, 2016) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce the addition of Samar S. Ali who will assist clients with international business operations from both Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. Ali has experience serving in many international roles, including on behalf of the White House, the South African Supreme Court and the state of Tennessee. In addition to joining the firm, she was recently appointed to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy through various efforts and forums, like its publication of Foreign Affairs. Ali, the first female member from Tennessee, joins an accomplished and diverse group of international leaders at CFR, including former U.S. secretaries of state such as Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright and Colin Powell, and other renowned leaders.
"Samar is an incredibly driven leader who, in her young career, has already amassed an impressive level of experience on the global stage," said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry and Sims. "Given her successful service to U.S. Homeland Security and Governor Haslam's global relations team, we are confident that our clients with international operations or aspirations will greatly benefit from her experience and insight on effective cross-border operations."
Ali will focus her practice on a wide variety of sophisticated issues that affect global businesses including anti-corruption compliance, cross-border transactions and alternative financing, cyber risks, complex immigration issues and private diplomacy. Ali's deep experience with both national security and economic development provides a unique perspective to her law practice that adds value to clients navigating the global business landscape.
Ali has extensive experience working in high-level roles across the globe. In her first legal position, she helped her firm establish a Middle Eastern presence in the United Arab Emirates before returning to the United States to work as a White House Fellow during President Barack Obama's administration. In this role, she served as a counterterrorism adviser and worked closely with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in bi-lateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government. Today, she remains a third-party mediator for Syria and regularly consults with White House officials on the fight against ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
In Tennessee, Ali previously managed Tennessee's global relations efforts as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In this capacity she developed Tennessee's five-year international strategy plan, which laid the framework for the state's international economic development footprint.
Since beginning her legal career, Ali has been highly active in roles for many esteemed local, national and international organizations, including the Truman National Security Fellowship; Foundation for Society, Law and Art in South Africa; Tennessee Justice Center; Leadership Tennessee and Leadership Nashville; the transition team for Nashville Mayor Megan Barry; the Board of Trust for Vanderbilt University Law School; the International Business Council for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce; a U.S. Delegate for the World Islamic Economic Forum; and U.S./Italy Young Leaders Summit and more.
Ali received her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University where she was elected the school's first Arab-American Study Body President. She also received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Ali served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
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