Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ali graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a degree in Communications/Public Relations. She also holds a Certificate in Litigation/Paralegal studies from The Philadelphia Institute. Her legal career soared when she moved to the west coast and found her niche in intellectual property litigation, first at Latham & Watkins in their Menlo Park, California office and then at Affymetrix, Inc., as their in-house senior litigation paralegal.
In 2007, she joined Tonkon Torp as the Government Relations practice group coordinator, where she began working with Mark. After a 5-year hiatus to raise her twin boys, Ali was thrilled to team up with Mark again at the Animal Policy Group. She and her husband, Tim, have 4 boys between them, a veteran pug named Pearl and an energetic puppy named Fitzgerald.