Ali is able to blend her background in communications with her water and environmental law experience to not only give advice on policies, but to help clients communicate policies to users in a way that allows changes to move forward. For instance, she has helped a number of reclamation, water, and irrigation districts to set rates in compliance with law, and then communicate it in open forums that give landowners a chance to better understand rate adjustments, allowing agencies to have a more transparent and smooth process.
Another skill that Ali brings to her natural resource clients is an ability to help with employment law issues—an area of law that often comes up with public entities but is typically outsourced to separate legal counsel. She works on employment agreements, helps set employment policies, and provides advice designed to avoid claims. Although the majority of her clients are public entities, she works with private employers and companies on all the same issues.
She combines over six years of legal experience with her prior background in communications. She worked for a news organization that provided T.V. newscasts to schools and in the syndication department at 20th Century Fox. She left those positions behind to return to her roots in San Joaquin County and focus on California’s challenging natural resource issues.
Outside of work, one of her passions is traveling. She has spent time studying in Europe and lived in Hong Kong for a summer working for a barrister’s office, but she is still waiting for her first chance to visit two continents: Africa and South America.