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She provides legal guidance to the firm, its attorneys and staff on ethical and professional responsibility issues.
As Womble Carlyle’s Deputy General Counsel, Alison supervises the 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 also manages outside counsel on litigation matters involving the firm. In addition, firm clients rely on Alison for legal guidance on ethics-related issues relevant to their particular businesses. Alison regularly provides training on ethics issues both to firm attorneys and staff and to firm clients and is a regular speaker on legal ethics topics at various continuing legal education programs. She has also made presentations on employment law and other litigation topics at CLE programs.
In addition, Alison is experienced in litigation and appellate practice. She has handled a variety of civil cases in both North Carolina and federal courts since 1997. She has 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. In her appellate practice, Alison has represented various North Carolina local government entities including cities, counties and sheriff’s departments, major universities and medical centers, insurance companies, construction companies, health care providers, and individual personal injury victims. Her appellate work has addressed a number of different legal contexts, including:
Alison also has provided pro bono appellate representation to children whose parents’ rights have been terminated.
Moderator; The Changing Nature of Privilege – What Attorneys and Clients Need to Know about Ethical Obligations in the U.S. and Abroad; webinar for the Association of Corporate Counsel Compliance and Ethics Committee; November 11, 2014
Panelist; Dan K. Moore Conference on Ethics and Business Law 2014: Emerging Issues in Privilege and Conflicts of Interest; University of North Carolina School of Law; Chapel Hill, N.C.; October 24, 2014Panelist; Best Practices in Undertaking Transactional Representation; Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Program on Conflicts of Interest in Buy/Sell Transactions: How to Spot Them and Avoid Them; Washington, D.C.; May 8, 2014
Panelist; Ethics: The Long and Winding Road of Privilege; Minority Corporate Counsel Association, General Counsel Invitational, Diversity Leadership Summit; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; April 24, 2014
Panelist; Current Claims Trends – Loss Prevention Suggestions; Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc. Firm Administration Conference; Chicago, IL; August 26, 2011
Ethical Considerations in Alternative Billing Arrangements; North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section annual meeting; Pinehurst, N.C.; February 18, 2011
Ethical Considerations in Alternative Billing Arrangements; Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Bar Association; Mecklenburg County Bar Center; November 17, 2010
The Ethics of Emails and Other Technology; National Association of Legal Secretaries, Region IV meeting; Asheville, N.C.; August 1, 2010
Panelist; 2009 Dan K. Moore Program in Ethics: Ethical Issues in Troubled Times; University of North Carolina School of Law; Chapel Hill, N.C.; October 16, 2009
Practical Solutions to Everyday IP Ethics Problems; Carolina Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Lawyers Association meeting; Hilton Head, S.C.; September 26, 2009
The Ethics of Emails and Other Technology; Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Bar Association; Mecklenburg County Bar Center; February 19, 2008
Panelist; 2007 Dan K. Moore Program in Ethics: Conflicts of Interest for Corporate Lawyers; University of North Carolina School of Law; Chapel Hill, N.C.; November 9, 2007
Panelist; Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs: Issues to Spot and Liabilities to Avoid; ABA Small Business Committee Meeting; Phoenix, AZ; January 13, 2006
Summer Associate, Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Atlanta, Georgia, Summer 1996
Summer Associate, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Summer 1995 and 1996