Ali Saidi is an attorney with the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office where he serves as the county’s first Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney and as the Director of Stand Together Contra Costa, the county’s new rapid response and immigration due process program. Mr. Saidi specializes in the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. He provides continuing legal education trainings as well as expert technical assistance for public defender offices, clinics and bar associations throughout the Bay Area regarding representation of immigrants in criminal proceedings.
Mr. Saidi received his B.A. from the University of California, at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He began his legal career at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office as a criminal defense attorney for several years and then went into private practice for over a decade, practicing both criminal defense and deportation defense. Mr. Saidi has represented hundreds of individuals charged with serious crimes in California state courts and has represented immigrants in deportation and removal proceedings in immigration court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Saidi formerly taught Criminal Pretrial Advocacy at UC Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Saidi returned to the public sector in 2015 to establish the immigration unit at the Office of the Public Defender for Contra Costa County.