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Ali M. Abugheida is Partner in the San Francisco office of Buckley LLP. Mr. Abugheida represents corporate and individual clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation and government enforcement matters. He represents clients in matters involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and unfair and deceptive trade-practice statutes. 

Mr. Abugheida’s recent experience includes:

  • Defending multiple Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) administrators in multiple putative class actions, including a matter in which plaintiffs’ motion for class certification was denied
  • Defending a foreign bank against charges that it engaged in allegedly fraudulent conduct damaging the plaintiffs in excess of $200 million, which resulted in dismissal of all claims at the pleading stage
  • Defending a lender in a putative class action involving allegations of fraud and alleged violations of RESPA
  • Representing a top Academy Award-nominated actor in a malpractice claim against his former entertainment lawyer, which resulted in a favorable ruling at the pleading stage
  • Representing a bank in its efforts to recover fraudulently obtained loan proceeds, which resulted in a temporary restraining order issuing preventing further transfers and a favorable settlement
  • Representing multiple financial institutions in government enforcement matters, including actions brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), and by District Attorneys

Prior to joining Buckley, Mr. Abugheida was an Associate at WilmerHale, where his practice included litigation and government enforcement matters.

Mr. Abugheida received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 2012 (Order of the Coif). During law school, he was an Editor for the Southern California Law Review and interned at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Mr. Abugheida received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2009 (cum laude).

In The News

  • Buckley promotes six to partner

    WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 8, 2022) – Buckley LLP announced that it promoted Ali Abugheida, Bradley Marcus, Ryan Pollard, Sherry-Maria Safchuk, Scott Sakiyama, and Jay Williams to partner from counsel. “These six lawyers, from four of our offices, have consistently provided outstanding service and...

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  • Buckley announces three counsel promotions for 2020

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 2, 2020) – Buckley LLP today announced the promotion of three associates to counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2020. “These three attorneys have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the firm and have regularly delivered exemplary support for our clients,” said Benjamin B. Klubes,...

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  • Buckley Sandler wins motion in Johnny Depp suit against ex-lawyer

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 30, 2018) – Buckley Sandler and co-counsel Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner won a major motion in its representation of Johnny Depp in a $30 million suit against his ex-lawyer. L.A. Superior Court Judge Terry Green ruled that a contingency-fee arrangement claimed by a former attorney was voidable by Depp.

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  • Johnny Depp Litigation – News and Resources

    A compilation of media coverage and developments:

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  • J.D., University of Southern California, 2012 (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2009 (cum laude)


  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

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