Samiyyah R. Ali


Samiyyah Ali is an Associate* at Wilkinson Walsh.  Before joining the firm, Samiyyah served as a law clerk to Judge Amul Thapar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Judge Sri Srinivasan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Samiyyah graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.  While in law school, Samiyyah received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize for excellence in academics and character, as well as the Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award for her writing on the intersection of patent and administrative law.

Before law school, Samiyyah worked in higher education at The Ohio State University, where she also earned her Master’s Degree.  She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she was a Coca-Cola Scholar and a member of the Women’s Rugby Football Team.


  • Undergraduate: Duke University, B.A. (2010)
  • Graduate: The Ohio State University, M.A. (2012)
  • Law: Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (2016)
    Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize; Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review; Order of the Coif; Vice President, Black Law Students Association; Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors (2016-17)


  • The Honorable Amul Thapar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2016–17)
  • The Honorable Sri Srinivasan, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2017–18)
  • The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (2018-19)

* Admitted to practice in Georgia. Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. All work supervised directly by an active member of the District of Columbia bar.