Yusuf Olaolu Ali

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Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN is a Nigerian lawyer, called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Early life

He had his first degree at the University of Ife where he achieved a Second Class Upper Division for his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1982. He attended Nigerian Law School, where he passed with a 2nd Class Upper Division. In 1989 he was appointed as a notary public. Ali earned his Master of Laws degree at his alma mater.


He is the Principal and Founder of the Law Firm, Yusuf O. Ali & Co, Ghalib Chambers.

Yusuf Ali San is a member of many professional bodies, including:

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (FCIArb) (UK); Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (Nigeria); Member Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Fellow Society for Peace Studies and Practice (FSPSP); Fellow Dispute Resolution Institute (F. DRI)

San serves on company and institutional boards. He was the Chairman Kwara State Law Reform Committee. He is a member of the board of trustees of Al-Hikmah University Ilorin. He is the Chairman Council of Public Defenders Kwara state. He is the Chairman Board of Directors Apex Microfinance Bank Ltd.
His professional offices include:

  • Judge of the Kwara State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal 1996
  • Member Kwara State Local Government Election Appeal Tribunal 1997
  • Member Body of Benchers
  • Member National Executive Committee,
  • Former Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Nigerian Bar Journal
  • Chairman of the Committee on the Rule Of Law
  • Pioneer Chairman, Section on Legal Practice (SLP)

San is a patron and legal adviser to professional and social cultural groups in Nigeria. He is listed in the America’s Biographical Who's Who and Who's Who in Nigeria.

He is an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin.

He has presented at various fora including the International Bar Association Conference.

He contributed chapters to various legal publications and published articles in fields including litigation and commercial law. He prosecuted cases for state governments in Nigeria, high-net-worth individuals, corporate and institutional clients. He published over 30 published articles in learned journal and contributed chapters to many books.

He represented state governors and was on the legal team of president late Musa Umar Yar’adua that defended his electoral victory before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


In 1997 he was awarded the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N.)

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