As Womble Carlyle’s Deputy General Counsel, Alison supervises a team of attorneys and paralegals that advises the firm on all legal issues, including conflicts of interest, lateral hiring, firm expansion initiatives, personnel issues, legal ethics and professional responsibility and risk management. Alison has recently become experienced in handling various issues related to transatlantic law firm combinations. She also manages outside counsel on litigation matters involving the firm. In addition, Alison regularly provides training on ethics issues to firm attorneys and staff as well as to firm clients and is a frequent speaker on legal ethics topics at various continuing legal education programs.
Before becoming full-time counsel to the firm, Alison gained experience in litigation and appellate matters, handling a variety of civil cases in both North Carolina and federal courts. She also successfully argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Her appellate work addressed various legal contexts, including employment law, local government/municipal law, federal and state constitutional law and insurance law.
Alison also serves as the Vice Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has been a member of that committee since its inception. Alison is currently leading a firm-wide training initiative on unconscious or implicit bias and works in conjunction with the committee to drive the firm’s inclusion strategy to tangible results.