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Mohammad Ali Syed (Mo)
Mr. Syed graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester (1997) and obtained his law degree from the George Washington University Law School (2000). In 2007 he completed the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers (mediation workshop).
Mr. Syed founded The Syed Law Firm, PLLC in 2011 and has developed a thriving immigration, litigation and international business practice. His past experience includes several years in the antitrust and business disputes section of the law firm of King & Ballow with offices in Nashville, TN and La Jolla, CA. Mr. Syed previously practiced litigation at Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP in Washington, D.C. with offices and active cases nationwide focusing on tort and complex civil disputes. He has also worked for the Civil Litigation Branch of the District of Columbia Office of Attorney General (formerly D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel), as well as Rizvi, Isa, Afridi and Angell, a leading corporate law firm in Karachi, Pakistan.
Mr. Syed has broad experience in both trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. He has represented clients in business disputes, intellectual property, complex multi-district civil litigation, product liability, federal labor litigation brought by pension/health and welfare funds and labor unions as well as employment matters. He has investigated claims of false advertising, breach of warranty, regulatory violations and fraud. He has represented media companies in litigation and arbitration of disputes under collective bargaining agreements. He also has experience in appellate work before the United States Supreme Court involving punitive damages in a copyright infringement case in the music industry. He has handled complex intellectual property disputes in the music industry often involving complex technology issues. He represented a large pharmaceutical company in multimillion dollar collections work. He has represented foreign companies in litigation in U.S. courts in intellectual property and breach of contract matters. His experience covers mediation and arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience with large electronic discovery projects.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation / Government Investigations
Mr. Syed has experience representing corporations in matters before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), such as civil investigative demands and second requests under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR). His assignments often cover complex electronic discovery matters. His federal antitrust litigation experience includes the defense of a major newspaper company in claims brought by the DOJ and representation of the leading newspaper trade association as amicus in a federal court challenge to a DOJ merger approval under the Tunney Act.
He has prepared HSR merger filings on behalf of media industry clients. He has advised clients on several antitrust matters including tying concerns in distribution agreements, the ancillary restraints doctrine, exclusive dealing claims involving magazine distribution arrangements, exemptions to antitrust laws, as well as assessed claims under state antitrust laws. He has given advice on the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, confidentiality agreements and Federal Election Commission regulations. He has advised a national transportation trade association on antitrust matters.
International Business and Trade
Mr. Syed has provided advice on corporate formation, sale purchase agreements, business contracts, and confidentiality issues to businesses. He also advises non-profit entities in operational matters. His clients have included health care companies, technology and energy sector entities.
His diverse cross-border experience includes: representing an industrial spirits manufacturer in Pakistan in contract negotiations for purchase of a distillery from a Spanish company; negotiating a commercial real estate lease for large multinational pharmaceutical co.; advising large Chinese and Middle Eastern companies in major energy sector operations in Pakistan; representing a large Pakistan power company in breach of warranty claims against manufacturer of defective thermal power turbine; represented a large hospital in an environmental claim; advising clients in matters involving foreign donors, including the World Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), etc.; advising Pakistani and multinational companies on regulatory and legislative matters, including investment, telecommunications, banking, foreign exchange regulation, pharmaceutical, health law, cyber-law, intellectual property, oil and gas, utilities and labor.
He has assisted with international trade and customs matters including anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, obtaining rulings on classification, valuation, country of origin marking, developing compliance programs, and handling complex penalty cases. He was invited to be part of a team comprising of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank and the American Bar Association to implement a mediation training program in Pakistan. The goal of this ambitious program is to help Pakistan develop a mechanism to resolve business disputes efficiently and thereby promote investment.
Mr. Syed has experience in both individual and business immigration matters. For business Mr. Syed can handle representation for ICE audits, federal and state compliance, permanent residence (employment-based), EB5 investor visas, E1/E2 treaty traders and investors, L1 intracompany transfer visas, O, and P visas, H-1B visas, and other employment-based visas.
For individuals Mr. Syed can handle immigration court representation, motions and appeals, citizenship, asylum, family-based visas, green cards, employer-based visas and work permits.
He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Middle District of Tennessee, and Eastern District of New York, the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is also a licensed advocate in Pakistan.
- Speaker, “Advising Foreign Businesses and Entrepreneurs with Start Up and Operations in the USA,” Hot Topics in International Law, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN (January 15, 2016)
- Speaker, “Legal and Ethical Considerations in Doing Business Abroad: the UK Anti-Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” International Investment Law and Financial Regulation Symposium, Oxford and Cambridge Club, London, United Kingdom (December 2012)
- Speaker, “Networking and Branding in an International Crowd: Please Don’t Flirt With the Regulator,” American Bar Association Section of International Law, Fall Meeting, Miami, FL (October 2012)
- Author, “An Immigrant Lawyer’s Story,” Tennessee Bar Association Immigration Law Section Newsletter (September 2012)
- Speaker, “Update on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse and Physician Risk Management Issues,” Annual Convention of Tennessee Association of International Physicians (TAIP), Franklin, TN (September 2012)
- Contributor/co-author, “The Unofficial Guide to U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Lawyers,” American Bar Association Section of International Law Book Publication, (Fall 2012)
- Contributor, “The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions,” American Bar Association Section of International Law Book Publication, (Fall 2012)
- Speaker, “Maintaining a Busy Law Practice and Your Section Involvement,” American Bar Association Section of International Law, Leadership Retreat, Chicago, IL (August 2012)
- Speaker, “Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse: A Legal Update,” Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of America (APPNA), 35 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (July 7, 2012)
- Speaker, “Physician Risk Management and Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Update,” Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of America (APPNA), Spring Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (March 2012)
- Speaker, “Cross-Cultural Issues in Legal and Business Negotiations,” Global Business & Cross-Cultural Leadership: Operating with a Global Perspective – International Module within the Executive Leadership Experience Program, College Of Business Administration, Belmont University, Nashville, TN (January 2012)
- Moderator, “Legal Issues Affecting Automotive Companies and Their Law Firms. Domestic and International Trends,” Tennessee Bar Association, Webcast (May 22, 2012)
- Speaker, “Building International Relationships & Business” American Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division, Spring Meeting, Nashville, TN ( May 5, 2012)
- Speaker, “Starting a Solo Law Practice – Challenges and Opportunities,” Tennessee Bar Association, Webcast (May 2, 2012)
- Featured Profile, “Foreign-Born Attorney to U.S. Practitioner: One Lawyer’s Journey,” ABA Section of International Law Diversity Newsletter (Fall 2011)
- Moderator, “International Parental Child Abductions: Treaty Provisions/Hague Convention,” Tennessee Bar Association, Webcast (2011)
- Speaker, “Copyright Ping Pong: What the Internet Hath Wrought,” ABA Section of International Law, Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (2011)
- Moderator, “Working with Economic Experts in Antitrust Matters,” ABA Section of International Law, Teleconference Brownbag (2011)
- Author, “FTC’s Red Flags Identity Theft Rule requirements relaxed by Congress,” Publisher’s Auxiliary – National Newspaper Association (February 2011)
- Author, “Newspapers may be required to have an Identify Theft Prevention Program,” Publisher’s Auxiliary – National Newspaper Association (December 2009)
- Author, “Significant Financial Consequences of Card Check Legislation,” Publisher’s Auxiliary – National Newspaper Association (June 2009)
- Editor, “Essentials of Merger Review,” ABA Section of International Law (2011)
- Moderator and Program Chair, “Hot Legal Topics in International Business Transactions – Japan & TN,” Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education webinars (2010)
- Co-author, “Legal Guide to Doing Business in Asia,” ABA Section of International Law (2010)
- Moderator, “Doing Business in India,” ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, IL (2009)
- Moderator and Program Chair, “Outsourcing of Legal Services,” ABA Spring Meeting, New York, NY (2009)
- Contributor, “Essentials of Merger Review in Asia & Australia,” ABA Section of International Law (2009)
- Moderator, “Antitrust in China,” ABA Young Lawyers Division, Antitrust Committee (2009)
- Author, “U.S. Supreme Court Overrules Century Old Ban On Minimum Resale Price Agreements,” published in Portuguese by Felsberg e Associados, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2008)
- Speaker, New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting CLE program on: “Litigation I – Let’s Get It Started: Techniques in Assessing When to File and Where to Bring a Lawsuit,” (2008)
- Moderator and Program Chair, “Outsourcing of Legal Services,” ABA Section of International Law, Fall Meeting, Brussels, Belgium (2008)
- “E-Discovery for the Newly Admitted Attorney”, ABA Section of Litigation, FOCUS ON E-DISCOVERY – Commercial and Business Litigation (Vol. 9 No. 3 Spring 2008)
Mohammad Ali Syed is a results oriented lawyer who had the knowledge of the system to follow the proper procedures and the connections to keep pushing my case through until I was able to get the proper paperwork filed. He is an expert in immigration and nationality law. I would recommend him without hesitation.
December 9, 2015, Rahila was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Rahila Passi
PTA President at Sandpiper Elementary
Mo has been an excellent legal sounding board and has helped through a diverse set of problems that we’ve experienced as a business. Mo has a robust extended network which he has leveraged for us when needed and we’re very grateful for the advice and work he’s done for us. He is an expert in litigation, dispute resolution and international business. I’d recommend him in a flash.
December 9, 2015, Shakir was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Shakir Husain
Partner at IVM Capital
The Syed Law Firm assisted me in successfully obtaining my Green Card through the EB1 category (for aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics). My accomplishments include swimming for India at the Olympics and working for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The EB1 category has very stringent standards and it was imperative to provide as much evidence as possible under the different criteria. The Syed Law Firm helped me understand the different criteria so that I could provide relevant documents as supporting evidence. Throughout the process, Mo Syed and his team were easy to work with and were always just a phone call away! I highly recommend Syed Law Firm for immigration law, especially for EB1 permanent residence applications.
December 8, 2015, Shikha was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Shikha Tandon
Science Program Lead at U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Olympian
I had the pleasure of benefiting from Mohammad’s legal services. He was assigned to set up our company in the US and advise us in all legal matters and secured an L1 intracompany visa for us. He is very professional and has successfully assisted us during all the process and after. I would highly recommend hiring his legal services to anyone seeking to develop business within the US market and for top quality immigration representation.
November 17, 2015, Victoria was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Victoria Mingo
Regional Export Manager USA – Bodegas Trapiche
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Mohammad A. Syed since January 2015 and in that time I have known Mo to be a well-grounded and down to earth colleague. He is a great, deadline oriented, ambitious and eager Lawyer who can be trusted. He is an expert on immigration law including L1 intra company transfer visas
October 14, 2015, Sebastián was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Sebastián Baglietto
Gerente de Asuntos Legales at Grupo Peñaflor
Mo is a remarkable guy — Engaging, personable, and intelligent, with life experience that makes him a great choice to represent both international clients and American clients with international business or legal matters. I have worked directly with Mo on multiple cases, so I have seen his legal analysis and skills first-hand. I highly recommend him.
June 12, 2015, Bryan was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at Syed Law Firm, PLLC
— Bryan Pieper
Owner at The Law Office of Bryan E. Pieper, PLLC
Mr. Syed is a capable attorney. He is focused and dedicated to help with his very best effort to understand complex legal situations. He has shown that he is able to deal with uncertainty and fluctuations in typical cases. I recommend him highly knowing that he will always give of his best in helping his clients.
March 4, 2014, Lam was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Lam Le
Founder at Appvity
Mo is an excellent litigator with both a broad strategic view of the case and a sharp knowledge of complex details underlying the claims. I truly enjoyed working with him and recommend him highly.
February 24, 2014, Sean was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at Syed Law Firm, PLLC
— Sean McDonough
Partner at Hudgins Law Firm
Mo is one of the most polite and engaging professionals that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He was key in helping me setup and launch a new business. His legal expertise covers a wide range of services, so he has been extremely helpful as our company’s needs have grown. I have recommended Syed Law Firm to others and will continue to do so!
February 22, 2014, Karla was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Karla Franco Peppas
Result Focused Digital Marketing Expert | Founder of Fresh Collaboration
Mr. Ali is an amazing attorney and person. I hired him for a litigation case, and he was simply a pleasure to work with. From the moment I hired him, I had absolutely nothing to worry about – he stayed on top of things, kept me updated and was responsive to all my queries. Mr. Ali is the ideal lawyer – not only is he is intelligent and great at what he does, but he is also kind, compassionate and extremely trusthworthy.
February 18, 2014, Arfa was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Arfa Alam
Compliance Program Manager at Sumerra
A consummate professional, Mo brings a comprehensive understanding of litigation and he possesses the necessary expertise to methodically develop a case. He is creative and energetic and his people skills are second-to-none. And, most importantly, Mo listens well so he fully understands the needs and goals of his client.
March 6, 2013, Bert was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Bert Kalisch
President & CEO at American Public Gas Association
I have known Mohammad Ali since my high school days. Recently, I was involved with some significant intellectual property related issues and I engaged him as my attorney to help me through this process. Mo demonstrated an excellent ability to creatively approach what was a very complicated set of issues and distill it towards an amicable and mutually acceptable resolution between the involved parties. I would highly recommend him!
March 2, 2013, Moneeb was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Moneeb Ehtesham
Neurosurgeon at the Mercy Clinic
Mo has high moral principles and a strong work ethic. He is well versed in Business and International Law.
November 26, 2011, Bob was a consultant or contractor to Mohammad Ali at Syed Law Firm, PLLC
American Bar Association
— Bob Henderson
I.T. Marketing, Financial Institution DDA Marketing
I am proud to count Mo as one of my closest and most valued colleagues. I believe him to be in the highest level of our profession in terms of competence, intelligence and integrity.
March 7, 2012, Bruce was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at American Bar Association
— Bruce Alexander McDonald
Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
I have worked with Mo for several years with/through the ABA Section of International Law. Mo is one of our best leaders–dedicated and extremely smart. I know he brings the same level of effort and ethusiasm to his legal practice. Mo is totally dependable–if he says he’s going to do something, he delivers–on time and often with a better product than you’d hoped for. He has a terrific way of managing and interacting with people–especially across borders. I fully endorse Mo!
January 5, 2012, Michael managed Mohammad Ali at American Bar Association
Co-Chair, Asia-Pacific Committee, International Section
American Bar Association
— Michael Burke
International Corporate Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory
Mo Syed is an exceptional and energetic leader of the ABA, Section of International Law, Asia-Pacific Committee. With his deep personal and professional ties to the Pakistani legal community, Mo hs afforded Pakistani lawyers opportunities to share their knowledge with their U.S. colleagues and U.S. lawyers a chance to contribute to solutions to the challenges facing the Pakistani Bar. Mo also continues to bring other important information, programs and opportunities to the membership.
March 10, 2010, Edward M was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at American Bar Association
King & Ballow
— Edward M Lebow
International Trade Counsel at Haynes and Boone LLP
Mo is the consummate professional, who devotes initiative, intelligence and patience in addressing issues and providing advice and information to benefit others. Mo truly cares about people and providing quality results. He devotes considerable time to support the legal profession, the Nashville community, pro bono work and assisting colleagues. Mo is dependable, unassuming, kind, and thoughtful. His genuine interest in people and issues are refreshing and make him a delight to work and be with. Most of all, I cherish his friendship and value his insights and judgment.
July 7, 2011, Kathleen worked with Mohammad Ali at King & Ballow
— Kathleen Pohlid
Attorney & Counsel at POHLID, PLLC – Employment Law | Litigation | Healthcare Compliance
Mohammad A. is a detail-oriented and effective senior attorney. We hired him in 2010 to help us with some legal matters of our start up company. His out-of-box thinking and accurate analysis helped us greatly.
July 4, 2011, Jack was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Jack Sayed
President & CEO at Nidec Automotive Motor Americas
Mohammed Syed is an energetic and enthusiastic attorney with a background in litigation and antitrust. He is active in bar, civic, and philanthropic organizations, both in the U. S. and internationally. Mo has participated as an organizer, panelist, and presenter at seminars and webinars on antitrust and other legal topics. Through his professional and personal involvement in these organizations Mo has developed a strong network of influential contacts. I recommend Mo for any legal assignment that can use his unique combination of skills.
June 29, 2011, Alan managed Mohammad Ali at King & Ballow
— Alan Marx
Partner at King & Ballow
I worked with Mo (as we all call him) as part of a lawfirm we hired to handle very complex benefits litigation in federal court. Mo was the “boots on the ground” in charge of every detail of the discovery process as well as an integral part of the strategy and litigation team. Mo was a pleasure to work with. He was also extremely detailed and well versed on the subject. He worked with a large group of people to procure all of the information needed – documents, interrogatories, etc.- and did an excellent job in drafting responses and preparing the documents for production to the federal court. The other lawyers on the case depended on him for this work as did we, his client. I highly recommend Mo for any type of legal work.
June 29, 2011, Astrid was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Astrid Garcia
VP HR at Lee Enterprises Inc.
Mohammad is an outstanding legal resource who went above and beyond during our interactions. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal advice!
February 17, 2014, Andy was Mohammad Ali’s client
— Andy Rayburn
Senior Consultant at KBACE Technologies
As Division Chair and Programs Officer of the ABA Section of International Law, I have worked with Mo in his several capacities at the Section. Mo is an effective, energetic and creative leader who has accomplished many significant projects for the Section, including organizing substantial programs for presentation at Annual and other Meetings of the Section and contributing to Section policy projects.
January 14, 2010, Yee Wah was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at King & Ballow
— Yee Wah Chin
Mo is intelligent, dynamic and impressive. He shows an excellent work ethic and an engaging personality. Judging from my observation of him before, during and after my term as Chair of the Section of International Law, I would recommend him for advancement and increased leadership responsibilities in legal practice and with the bar.
January 14, 2010, Aaron managed Mohammad Ali at King & Ballow
— Aaron Schildhaus
President at Lawyers Assurance Worldwide (LAW) lc
During my work with Mo at the ABA Section of International Law, he has brought enthusiasm and intelligence to make getting the job done much easier. Mo has selflessly given his time to the Section to advise and to motivate law students and young lawyers who wish to practice international law by speaking on panels and also producing panels. He’s been a “go to” guy when something needs to get done. I enthusiastically recommend him.
July 24, 2009, Russell worked directly with Mohammad Ali at King & Ballow
Attorney at Law
Herman Mathis, LLP
— Russell Dombrow
Attorney and Counselor at Law, Owner, Dombrow Law Firm, PLLC
I found Mr. Syed to be a very conscientious attorney and a strong advocate for his clients.
December 8, 2011, Steve was with another company when working with Mohammad Ali at Herman Mathis, LLP
— Steve Shedlin
Vocational Expert/Life Care Planner at Rehabilitation Experts of Maryland, Inc.
Mo is not only a first rate attorney, but he is a first rate human being. I worked with him over a multi-year period in the same practice group, and on the same projects. I can say with confidence that his broad experience background, coupled with his education and ability to work well with others, have served his clients (and superiors) very well. I would never hesitate recommending Mo to any potential clients based on his: integrity, honesty, amicable persona, and most of all, his first rate legal output.
December 2, 2011, Salman worked directly with Mohammad Ali at Herman Mathis, LLP
— Salman Elmi
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, ACell, Inc.
Mohammad is a wonderful attorney and a pleasure to work with. His attention to detail, work ethic, and generosity with his colleagues are unmatched. I recommend Mohammad wholeheartedly to timely perform quality legal work.
March 15, 2010, Jennifer worked directly with Mohammad Ali at Herman Mathis, LLP
The George Washington University Law School
— Jennifer Orendi
FDA, IP and Litigation Attorney, Of Counsel
I very heartily endorse Mo Syed. As a student he was exceptionally bright, a gifted research assistant, and a highly analytical thinker. Mo was also very conscientious and thorough as he completed each matter assigned. It was a joy to work with him. His careful, thoughtful approach to problem- solving will serve him well in any area in which he works. An association with him will be very rewarding. He is articulate, thoughtful, and possesses first rate legal skills. I very highly recommend him.
March 28, 2010, Karen taught Mohammad Ali at The George Washington University Law School
— Karen Brown
Professor of Law at George Washington University
Mohammad is a versatile, outgoing and driven professional. He is highly knowledgeable in a number of areas of the law, including antitrust, corporate, and civil and commercial litigation; and possesses great communications skills. He strives to provide his clients with high-quality legal service in combination with sound strategic advice designed to help them reach their long-term goals. His experiences representing a wide range of clients – from individuals to corporations – make Mohammad a valued asset for his firm and clients.
February 9, 2010, Justin studied with Mohammad Ali at The George Washington University Law School
Karachi Grammar School
— Justin Pierce
Partner at Venable LLP
Mo (I know him as Mali) is a dear friend of mine who I’ve known since high school. We also were summer interns a couple of times in the same company which apart from being a lot of fun, gave me a chance to observe his professionalism and dedication in dealing with senior-level clients (we were in Customer Services in IBM). After excelling in school and university, he has established a strong career as an attorney and has solid experience working for top quality law firms in both Pakistan and the US. He is a highly dependable, sincere and resourceful person – and hanging out with him is always stimulating. Being a sports fanatic on top rounds him off as a really talented guy.
January 15, 2010, Asad Mohsin studied with Mohammad Ali at Karachi Grammar School
— Asad Mohsin Ali
Multinational & Multidisciplinary Leader