Dr Alima Joned
Alima Joned holds a doctoral degree in law (J.S.D.) from Yale law School, LL.M. degrees from both Yale Law School and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an LL.B. (with Honours) from Universiti Malaya. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and West Malaysia.
Alima currently practices with Washington, DC-based Messrs. Medel Sanfilipo. Prior to joining this firm, she practiced for nearly 18 years at the Washington, DC office of Foley Hoag LLP where she led that firm’s Malaysia Practice, representing major Malaysian interests from both the public and private sectors.
With foreign investment law and trade regulation as her focus areas, Alima has counseled clients on political, strategic, trade and investment issues. She is also active in a variety of pro bono projects. Below is her representative experience on these matters.
- Advised the Washington, DC office of a Malaysian industry organization on a variety of U.S. legal issues, including the U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report that linked the industry with forced labor/child labor practices and the viability of claims under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade arising from an anti-palm oil state bill
- Coordinated a team that assisted Malaysia to manage the country’s reputation arising from an organized anti-Malaysia campaign following the imposition of capital controls and domestic political issues
- Advised a national oil company on US unilateral sanctions regimes, including those against Iran and Sudan amidst (in the case of Sudan) NGO campaigns
- Coordinated the legal teams that successfully defended two major Malaysian companies in two separate lawsuits filed in the U.S. courts
- Negotiated complex international investment and commercial agreements, including a 30-year concession agreement on behalf of a major Asian plantation firm and an African government
- Analyzed and advised clients on the immunity of foreign states from suits in U.S. courts under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
- Assessed the viability of claims by a client against a foreign sovereign for violation of a bilateral investment treaty
- Negotiated the resolution of criminal investigations of a U.S. corporation in a foreign country
- Advised a multinational company with strategic, legal, and political issues related to its acquisition of a business located in a third country
- Performed legal due diligence for a foreign client for the acquisition of a U.S. company
- Successfully handled an appeal before the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of an elderly client - the SSA reversed its earlier decision and restored the client’s benefits
- Represented pro bono clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in their petitions for U-Nonimmigrant status
- Negotiated a release of an illegal immigrant from detention by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency
Alima teaches two UMCoRS’s seminars, Foreign Direct Investment and Malaysian Investment Abroad and Doing Business in the United States: A Guide to Malaysian Businesses. She is currently working on an article that analyzes the procedural fairness of the CBP’s pre-WRO process and a booklet on US import bans on Malaysian palm oil and rubber gloves, which is based on the recent panel discussion on the same topic organized by UMCoRS.
Prior to joining private practice, Alima taught law at the Faculty of Law and clerked for Chief Judge Ellen B. Burns of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.