With a practical, efficiency-obsessed approach, Alison assists clients in all discovery-related aspects of litigation, internal and governmental investigations, subpoena response, and due diligence, as well as proactive litigation readiness. Clients across varied industries rely on Alison’s litigation experience and technology prowess to develop and manage the overall strategy and to advocate on their behalf during discovery conferences, meet and confers and hearings. She regularly handles discovery disputes across the country to ensure the compliance and responsiveness of her clients’ adversaries and takes and defends eDiscovery-related depositions in support of her clients.
Alison is the founder and managing director of eMerge, a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm, which provides end-to-end, integrated discovery services for legal matters. eMerge’s attorneys and technologists combine legal strategy with the latest technology to manage data, reduce costs, and identify facts needed to resolve disputes. Their novel approach effectively addresses two common causes of unanticipated costs and risks: disconnected stakeholders and processes. The technologies used regularly include artificial intelligence, technology assisted review, continuous active learning, predictive coding, analytics, email threading, data visualization and custom applications. eMerge also creates bespoke staffing, technological and project management solutions to ensure clients’ goals are achieved.
Clients rely on Alison for proactive litigation readiness, including the development of repeatable and defensible litigation response plans before litigation arises. She is known for developing effective plans for the preservation, collection, analysis, and production of electronically stored information (ESI) that keep the costs and burdens of discovery proportionate to the unique circumstances and needs of each case or matter.
Alison is an authority on eDiscovery law. She is an adjunct professor of eDiscovery and Legal Technology at Emory University School of Law and a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery issues.
- University of North Carolina (J.D., with honors, 2001)
- Loyola University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)
Awards and Recognition
- Nationwide, Litigation: E-Discovery, Chambers USA (2017-2018)
- Selected as Georgia Super Lawyer (2015 - 2017)
- Selected as a Rising Star in General Litigation by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2009-2014)
- Inaugural Recipient of the Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award (2015)
- Selected as ILTA’s Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year (2013)
- Named to the Fulton County Daily Report's 2013 "On the Rise" list for top attorneys in Georgia under the age of 40
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America