Samar S. Ali


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Samar Ali assists international businesses and individuals with cross-border investments, transactions, immigration, and compliance. She helps clients reach their strategic goals amidst the intersection of national security and economic development. Samar’s career has taken her across the globe through her work at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, the state of Tennessee and as an attorney.

Her experience includes:

  • Compliance & Government Investigations – Advising on anti-corruption compliance issues in international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, sourcing, contracting and distribution matters in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
  • Corporate – Advising clients on various corporate matters, including joint ventures, financing transactions and other cross-border endeavors.
  • Data Security & Privacy – Advising clients on the right legal strategy to establish protocols to effectively manage evolving cyber risks globally.
  • Immigration – Counseling companies and individuals related to complex immigration matters and/or visa investigations; directing clients through the EB-5 immigration process.
  • Diplomacy – Working in an advisor capacity with various government and independent organizations to advocate, mediate and negotiate for peaceful resolutions in international conflict situations.

Samar started her career practicing at Hogan Lovells US LLP and helped establish its first Middle Eastern presence in the United Arab Emirates before she returned to the United States to work as a White House Fellow in President Barack Obama’s administration. There she worked closely with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and gained experience with bi-lateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government. Samar later served as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and managed Tennessee’s global relations where she developed Tennessee’s five-year international strategy plan, which laid the framework for the state’s international economic development footprint. Currently in addition to her legal practice, Samar serves as a Managing Director of the Lodestone Advisory Group, a consulting firm that specializes in internationalization, investment advisory and strategy, and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she teaches courses on international relations and negotiations. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Samar was an attorney at the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

During her time at, and after graduating from law school, Samar 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. While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Samar was elected the school’s first Arab-American Student Body President.


District of Columbia Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Nashville Bar Association

Truman National Security Fellowship

Foundation for Society, Law and Art in South Africa

Tennessee Justice Center

World Economic Forum — Young Global Leaders (2017)

Young American Leaders Program (2017)

Leadership Tennessee (Class of 2016)

Leadership Nashville (Class of 2013-2014)

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry — Transition Team

Winrock International — Board of Directors

Vanderbilt University Alumni — Board of Directors

Vanderbilt University Law School — Board of Trust

Nashville Chamber of Commerce — International Business Council

St. Thomas Medical Center — Board of Directors

Women in Numbers — Junior Board Member

The White House Fellows Capital Campaign for the 50th Anniversary


NPR – Nashville Public Radio

U.S. / Italy Young Leaders Summit — U.S. Delegate (2012)

World Islamic Economic Forum — U.S. Delegate (2010)

U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Tennessee Initiative — Chair (2014-2015)