|| ROBERT A.
A native Houstonian, Robert received his law
degree from University of Houston. Robert's
father was an attorney and later a Judge with
whom Robert initially began his practice of law
in 1972. He established his own practice in the
mid-1970s and welcomed the challenge of
defending the "impossible case", trying numerous
capital murder cases.
Robert is licensed
to practice law in the state of Texas, as well
as in the United States District Courts
throughout the United States and the Fifth
Circuit. Scardino & Fazel travel extensively
in their representation of clients in the United
States District Courts. Robert also served as
Foreman of the Grand Jury for the 248th Judicial
After 36 years of practicing
law in this arena, he remains enthusiastic in
his commitment to defend citizens accused of
crimes and in ensuring them a vigorous defense,
with the highest regard of ethics advocated by
both the Texas and Federal Bar.
broadcast of the television news magazine 48
Hours, CBS News referred to Robert Scardino as
"One of Houston's top criminal defense lawyers".
He was recognized as "Attorney of the Year" by
the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
in 1999, sharing that distinction with Mike
Ramsey, Dick DeGuerin, Dan Cogdell, Richard
"Racehorse" Haynes, Paul Nugent and Mike
He has acted as chairman of the South Texas
College of Law “Learn From The Masters” seminar
for 5 years.
In April 2007, Robert received the highest
peer review rating that can be obtained by
lawyers from Martin-Dale Hubbell, which
reinforces the strength and reputation of his
practice. Peer review ratings reflect the
confidential opinions of members of the Bar and
the Judiciary that attest to a lawyers legal
ability and adherence to professional standards
|| ALI R.
Ali was born in Iran and was educated in
Spain, England and the United States. His family
immigrated to Houston, Texas in 1981. Ali is
multi-lingual; he is fluent in both Spanish and
Ali received a BBA in Finance and Economics
from the University of Houston in 1994. While
attending the University of Houston, Ali amassed
four years experience in the banking industry
with J.P. Morgan Chase.
He attended South Texas College of Law where
he received his Juris Doctorate in November
1999. Ali joined Robert A. Scardino as an
associate in 2000. In January 2004 Robert A.
Scardino and Ali R. Fazel created the
partnership Scardino & Fazel.
Ali is licensed to practice before the U.S.
Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit, U.S. Federal District Courts for
the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western
Districts of Texas, as well as in the State of
Texas. Ali actively practices in both state and
federal courts, including the juvenile courts of
He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme
Court of the United States, State Bar of Texas,
State Bar of Texas Juvenile Division, The
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association, The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association, The Harris County Criminal Defense
Lawyers Association, the Houston Bar
Association, The American Inns of Court, the
Iranian American Bar Association and Houston
Young Lawyers Association.
Coupled with his formal education in finance,
Ali’s involvement in the firm's federal "white
collar" practice has been a particularly valued
asset to both the firm and their