Aali S. Fidai, an associate in the Real Estate practice group, focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and financing. He provides experienced counsel for clients in real estate leasing transactions of all types and complexity, including leasing across a variety of asset classes, including mixed use, industrial, retail and hospitality and has solid experience negotiating office, retail and industrial leases on the national and local levels for both landlords and tenants.
He finds every day to be a rewarding experience practicing in a field about which he is truly passionate. He looks forward to using his knowledge and skills to advocate for his clients, helping them achieve their goals. He relishes working on a wide range of real estate issues and feels that while some matters may be similar in nature, none are exactly the same; they all have a unique set of facts and challenges. Aali thinks “outside the box” and sees challenge as an opportunity to learn and achieve greater impact for his clients.
Aali has always been fascinated with construction and architecture and sees himself as a problem solver. He had worked for a major construction company so it was only natural that he take real estate courses while in law school, clerking for a real estate firm where he quickly gained experience in the field and beginning his career concentrating on real estate matters including commercial real estate and corporate transaction matters.
He acknowledges that effective client communication plays a major role in problem solving, avoiding unfavorable outcomes and earning client satisfaction. He strives to be easily accessible to clients so that he can best understand their needs and provide prompt feedback and answers. He believes every client is unique and takes pride in serving as a responsive point of contact for clients to understand their goals and work towards the best outcome in the most efficient manner. Aali’s prior experience in construction and real estate development, combined with his legal experience on real estate matters, gives him a broad perspective and insight into a client’s needs and enables him to offer not only an effective legal solution but also a practical one to achieve their business objectives.
Away from the office, Aali takes great pleasure in exercising, biking along Chicago’s great lakefront, fishing, trying the city’s new restaurants and spending treasured time with family and friends. Aali stays current on real estate and construction trends and developments by attending relevant seminars and events and is an avid reader of industry publications. He is especially pleased to be able to mentor young lawyers and students from his alma mater, The John Marshall Law School.
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 2017
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, B.A. Economics and Finance, 2013
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Rising Star, selected by Super Lawyers (2024)