Alison is a seasoned trial lawyer with significant experience litigating complex criminal fraud trials and handling large government investigations. Her work as a federal prosecutor included investigating and litigating numerous, large corporate frauds, including taking seven cases to jury trials. She also supervised criminal corporate resolutions, evaluated corporate compliance programs, and engaged with ongoing corporate monitorships.

Alison worked in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly a decade, first as a trial attorney in the Securities and Financial Fraud Unit and most recently as Assistant Deputy Chief in the Strategy, Policy, and Training Unit. As a trial attorney, she conducted high-profile investigations of Fortune 500 companies like Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen, securing resolutions that levied significant fines and established compliance monitorships. Alison’s work in this area required close coordination with numerous state, federal, and international regulators, giving her deep knowledge of the multifaceted challenges companies may face from government agencies and civil litigants in an investigation. Alison’s trial experience included co-leading the team in the high-profile United States v. Connolly matter, which has influenced the way corporate clients approach cooperation with government investigations and the way defense counsel are litigating these issues on behalf of individual clients.

As an Assistant Deputy Chief, Alison oversaw the agency’s recent criminal corporate resolutions with The Boeing Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of Nova Scotia, United Airlines, Inc., and others.

Prior to attending law school, Alison worked as a civil engineer on new, multifamily developments throughout the San Diego area.

Admitted to practice in California only; not admitted to practice in District of Columbia.

  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude; Executive Editor, Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy; Top Ten Brief Award and Semi-Finalist, Hunter Moot Court Competition; Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellowship
  • San Diego State University, M.A., Public Administration
  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S., Civil Engineering; Ethnic Studies Minor


  • California

Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2024)

Lawdragon 500 X - The Next Generation (2023)

Best Lawyers in America (2023-2024)

The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance’s 2019 Assistant Administrator’s Special Recognition Award (2020)

Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office Award for Outstanding Service (2019)

Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team (2018)

Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office Award for Outstanding Service (2015)

Assistant Deputy Chief, Strategy, Policy, and Training Unit; U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section

Trial Attorney, Securities and Financial Fraud Unit; U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section

  • Hon. Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno, U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Pennsylvania