Syed D. Ali Counsel

Syed is a litigator with a decade of experience in personal injury and mass tort litigation, policyholder-side insurance coverage litigation, and appellate litigation.

Syed has served as national coordinating counsel for several companies facing large nationwide dockets of personal-injury actions. And Syed has actively defended companies in numerous personal-injury cases in federal district courts across the country, including hundreds of cases in the asbestos MDL court in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where Syed secured numerous defense rulings on summary judgment.

Syed also regularly assists policyholders—both corporations and government entities—seeking insurance coverage in a variety of contexts, including environmental clean-ups, product liabilities, long-tail toxic exposure liabilities, marine-cargo losses, and employment-practices liabilities.

With litigation experience in numerous state and federal appellate courts across the country, Syed has worked with clients to overturn jury verdicts on appeal, including a recent appellate ruling in Florida overturning the jury verdict against the client and, instead, granting a directed verdict in its favor. He also litigated numerous appeals for a company to aid in successfully securing its right to remove a certain class of asbestos personal-injury cases from state to federal court.

Active in his community, Syed has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh for over nine years, devoting his time to the organization as a “big brother” volunteer.

  • The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Member, Ohio State Law Journal, 2007
  • The University of Akron, BA, summa cum laude, 2004
Member, American Bar Association
  • Author, "Better Late Than Never: The California Supreme Court Reverses Itself, Holding That Corporate Policyholders May Assign Insurance Rights Without Insurer Consent", FC&S Legal, November 5, 2015
  • Author, "Ninth Circuit Affirms ‘Absurd’ Denial of Insurance Coverage, Highlighting Important Considerations for Marine Policyholders", Law360, July 10, 2015
  • Author, "Federal Courts in the Third Circuit are Following the National Trend and Dismissing Data Breach Cases for Lack of Standing, Commercial Disputes Alert", Law360, May 15, 2015
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Presenter, "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Exploring Traits of Successful Junior Lawyers," Discussion for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
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