Local native honored for legal work

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Zulu Ali

Attorney and Practice Magazine has named The Law Office of Zulu Ali one of the top 10 law firms in California in the areas of criminal defense and immigration law.

Ali (formerly known as David Castleman) is a native of Shelbyville. He is a 1985 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who served with the Marine Security Forces. After graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, he served as a police officer with the Shelbyville, Lewisburg, and Vanderbilt Police Departments.

He earned his law degree from Trinity International University Law School and a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in African Studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University.

Attorney and Practice Magazine bases its rankings on expertise, awards, and reputation, and fewer than 1 percent of lawyers or firms natonwide will be recognized with top 10 rankings.

Representing persons accused of crimes, immigrants, and persons seeking civil justice in state and federal courts nationwide, the Law Office of Zulu Ali has expanded its practice to include representing persons at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands and the African Court of Justice in Tanzania.

Ali says he was inspired by the work and legacy of civil rights attorneys Thurgood Marshall, Avon Williams Jr., Charles Hamilton Houston, and other advocates and leaders of the civil rights movement. The mission and philosophy of the firm is to advocate for changes in the law when the law is unjust.

"I believe the mission of a lawyer should be to strive for change and challenge the courts when there is injustice," said Ali. "In our firm, we put it on the line despite the immense scrutiny and consequences we may face. But for brave attorneys and advocates who are willing to step out the box, we would still be in segregation or servitude if the laws and courts were not challenged. Many attorneys and advocates are chilled and neutralized because they are usually targeted, ridiculed, and subjected to reprimand or worst when they test the status quo, but it is necessary despite the risks."

Ali been recognized by National Black Lawyers; National Trial Lawyers; Attorney and Practice Magazine; the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, also known as the National Academy of Jurisprudence; the American Institute of Legal Counsel; the American Jurist Institute; and the National Action Network.

For more details about The Law Office of Zulu Ali, go to www.zulualilaw.com