Overview

Clients seek out Mir to solve their business and legal problems. As a creative and skilled litigator, Mir has achieved success for his clients by winning jury verdicts and judgments at trial, obtaining favorable rulings through dispositive motion practice, and resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution.

Mir practices in many areas of litigation, including the following:

  • Environmental litigation
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • SAP litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Mortgage fraud and Closing Protection Letter litigation
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution counseling
  • Veterans issues

Mir has litigated dozens of complex cases and is experienced with initial pleadings, discovery, e-discovery, fact and expert witnesses, motion practice, and trial in both federal and state courts. When litigation is not in the best interests of Mir’s clients, he has counseled them through alternative dispute resolution to quickly resolve problems efficiently and outside of court.

Before he was a lawyer, Mir served for seven years active duty in the United States Army as an infantry officer and Special Forces Detachment Commander with two combat deployments to Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, Mir also serves as head of the firm’s military inclusion network (Military Appreciation at Schiff Hardin or MASH), organizing military appreciation events and leading initiatives to serve the legal needs of veterans pro bono.

Mir was a 2008 Bergstrom Fellow and worked as a student attorney for the University of Michigan Child Advocacy Law Clinic throughout law school.

  • Experience

    Mir has achieved many notable victories for his clients, including the following:

    • Won a $2.3 million jury trial verdict in closing protection letter lawsuit. Trial verdict was affirmed by Sixth Circuit. (Case No. 9-cv-14891 E.D. Mich.).
    • Served as senior associate at 3-week liability trial in a $1 billion Clean Air Act lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. United States v. Ameren Missouri Case No. 11-cv-00077 (E.D. Mo.).
    • Settled, at a fraction of potential exposure, two $100 million complex breach-of-contract claims against $9 billion technology company client. First claim was resolved before client incurred substantial discovery costs, and second claim was settled before costly and risky fast track arbitration.
    • Obtained speedy court order in patent litigation case prohibiting our client’s competitor from selling of 70,000 units of its product. (Zippysack LLC v. Ontel Products Corporation, 182 F.Supp.3d 867 (N.D.Ill. 2016)).
    • Won sole custody and full child support for single mother in pro bono representation against a father who owed over $40,000 in support.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., December 2009
      Journal of Law Reform, Associate Editor
    • University of Illinois, B.A., Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2000

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

          Clerkships

          • Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, Eastern District of Michigan (2010-2011)

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association
          • Chicago Bar Association

          Languages Spoken & Fluency

          • Arabic, Conversant
          • French, Fluent
          • Urdu, Fluent
        • Insights

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          News Release

          Ali Recognized with SABA Pro Bono Award

          Schiff Hardin LLP is proud to announce that Partner Mir Ali has been recognized with the 2021 Pro Bono Attorney Award by the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Chicago.

          News Release

          Ali Recognized Among Crain’s Chicago Notable Military Veteran Executives in 2021

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Mir Ali has been recognized among Crain’s Chicago Business’ Notable Military Veteran Executives in 2021.

          Event

          Afghan Sponsorship Requirements

          South Asian Bar Association, Arab American Bar Association of Illinois, Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Khanbabi Immigration Law, The Rapid Response Project

          Location:
          Webinar
          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Launches Task Force Melmastya to Provide Legal Pathways for Afghan Evacuees

          Schiff Hardin LLP is proud to announce the firm’s support for Task Force Melmastya, a national pro bono initiative started by Schiff Partner and Army Green Beret Mir Ali, to provide free legal assistance to Afghans trying to escape to the United States.

          In The News
          In The News
          News Release

          Three Pro Bono Wins for Military Veteran Clients

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce three pro bono client successes, resulting from the firm’s partnership with the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium.

          News Release

          Other Publications

          • “FIRREA: An Old Acronym is Turning into the Government’s New Hammer on Banks and Other Financial Institutions," (co-author) The Banking Law Journal (July/August 2012)

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Afghan Sponsorship,” Webinar (Sep. 22, 2021)
        • Citizenship

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • Playworks Illinois, Board of Advisors
          • Team Red White & Blue, Founding Member
        • Awards & Honors

          • Pro Bono Attorney Award, South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (2021)
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        From the battlefield to Michigan Law to Schiff Hardin

        Associate Mir Ali took a unique path on his way to practicing at Schiff Hardin, first serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces and founding a nonprofit to connect returning veterans with their communities. MORE

        Celebrating Schiff's Veterans: Mir Ali on Going From Military Service to Client Service

        After four years in ROTC at the University of Illinois, Mir began serving on active duty in 2000. He first served as an Army infantry officer and later was accepted into the Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and served as a Detachment Commander from 2004 to 2007 before starting law school at Michigan. MORE