Attorney Zulu Ali has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his achievement in law and activism. Recipients of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award are Marquis Who’s Who biography registry inductees who have achieved greatness and excelled in their field for at least 20 years and are selected based on factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field.
Zulu Ali is trial attorney, social commentator, and activist. A former police officer and U.S. Marine, he earned a Juris doctorate in law from Trinity International University Law School, a master’s in business (M.B.A.) and administration of justice (M.S.) from the University of Phoenix, and a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in African Studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University. He is currently a doctoral scholar researching pan-African business and trade at California Southern University.
In 2007, Attorney Zulu Ali opened the Law Offices of Zulu Ali and Associates, LLP based in Riverside, California, and is the largest Black-owned law firm in California’s Inland Empire. The firm focuses on representing persons accused of crimes, immigrants, victims of discrimination, and persons seeking civil justice in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He is also counsel at the African Court of Human Rights in Tanzania (East Africa) and International Criminal Court at The Hague (Netherlands).
Attorney Ali currently serves as Director of the Stop and Frisk Youth Leadership Academy, which trains at-risk youth and others to deal with police encounters and life skills; Director of the Southern California Veterans Legal Clinic, a legal clinic offering no-cost and low-cost legal services to military veterans; and he is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
In 2017, Attorney Ali was recognized as one of the most influential African American Leaders in Los Angeles by the National Action Network founded by Reverend Al Sharpton.
Attorney Ali has been recognized for his work as a trial lawyer by the National Black Lawyers and National Trial Lawyers Associations, American Academy of Trial Attorneys, American Institute of Legal Counsel, American Jurist Institute, Attorney & Practice Magazine, Rue Ratings Best Lawyer in America, Litigator of the Year by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers, and inducted into Marquis Who’s Who Biographical registry for excellence in law and activism.
He is the founder and CEO of 10 Nubian Queens & 5 Kings Media, a mass media production company focusing on black family and social justice content in film, radio, theater, music, and print; and he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Justice Watch with Attorney Zulu Ali. Attorney Ali is a member of the Black Radio Hall of Fame (Chicago Chapter).
Ali was recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) at the 27th Annual Communicator Awards for distinction in educational and social issues in film for directing and producing the children’s animated short film Izem Meets Officer Joe: Izem Learns How to Deal with Police Encounters; an award for distinction in political issues in video for producing The Cost of A Black Lawyer Fighting for Justice; and three awards for distinction in politics, social awareness, and feature for hosting and producing Justice Watch with Attorney Zulu Ali.
He resides in Southern California with his wife (Charito) of more than 35 years; with their four adult children, Christine, Whitney, Ashley, and Lynda; and three grandchildren, Amayah, Tye, and Izem.
Ali is the son of Linda Reese Harvey; and the grandson of A.D. and Bessie Reynolds, Perry and Catherine Reese, and Ed and Ora Castleman.