Ali Zaidi is a corporate Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ali focuses his practice on identifying, mitigating, and managing climate and environmental risks, primarily as they arise in the context of corporate transactions, governance, and crisis response. He also counsels clients on complex regulatory matters related to energy, water, and mobility technologies, including on standards governing artificial intelligence and autonomous systems like drones and driverless vehicles.
Before starting in private practice, Ali served in the U.S. government for eight years, including as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and, before that, as Deputy Director for Energy Policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council.
In 2014, President Obama appointed Ali as a senior member of the OMB, to lead a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues across a nearly $100 billion portfolio and a number of federal agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works, and the National Science Foundation.