Alanna Clair is a member of Dentons' Law Firms sector group. Her practice focuses on professional liability and law firm defense, commercial litigation, and insurance defense. She has national experience in complex litigation, including extensive motions practice, trial preparation and depositions, and appellate briefing.

Alanna writes and lectures regularly on issues of lawyer liability, legal malpractice defense, and ethics.  She is the co-author of The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance, a legal treatise published by American Lawyer Media that provides practitioners with tools to ensure attorney compliance with ethics rules while minimizing the risks of legal malpractice claims. Alanna also contributed to the representations that led to the Firm's insurance team to be named the Insurance Department of the Year for 2012 and 2016 by the Daily Report. 

In addition to the above, Alanna is committed to pro bono and serving the community. Her pro bono efforts often focus on appellate, criminal defense, or domestic violence issues. She has been recognized by the D.C. bar as a member of the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll or the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2011. She currently is serving her second term on the D.C. Bar Foundation's Young Lawyers Network (2013-present) and has also been appointed to the National Women's Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee (2016-present).


Professional Liability and Law Firm Defense

  • Key member of team defending US$100 million legal malpractice claim against law firm and partner that reached favorable settlement
  • Helped team navigate global settlements and legal issues of first impression among potential claimants against law firm in efforts to avoid high profile litigation
  • Successfully defeated class action certification for claims against law firm
  • Defended law firm and individual partners in response to third party subpoenas related to representation of former clients and resulting conflicts issues
  • Advised on issues of unauthorized practice of law and confidentiality for attorneys with multi-jurisdictional practice
  • Assisted in amicus appellate briefing on issues impacting law firm in-house attorney-client privilege and confidentiality
  • Commercial Litigation and Insurance
  • Key member of team in two trials of coverage action seeking enforcement of multi-million dollar appraisal award; reached favorable settlement
  • Represented company in defense of Fair Credit & Reporting Act case that reached favorable settlement on eve of trial
  • Key member of team resolving multi-national mediation with favorable result for insurance company
  • Routinely assist insurer in second review of value of claim in order to advise on reasonableness of settlement offer or value of case


In the Media

  • "Bad Faith Suits Begin Targeting Coverage Counsel" (quoted), Claims Journal, March 11, 2016

Areas of focus

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Law Firms
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • United States


University of Michigan Law School, 2008, JD

Wellesley College, 2005, BA, honors in Classical Civilization

Admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US District Court for the District of Columbia

US District Court for the District of Maryland

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