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Overview

A commercial litigator with recognized rapport, Alissa is driven to deliver optimal strategies and solutions for every client.

Alissa enjoys guiding clients through complex claims at all stages of state and federal litigation, from initial pleadings, discovery and research, through trial and on to appeal when necessary. She developed personal client focus working at a small boutique law firm. She also has notable teamwork experience in high-profile white collar defense work as well as multi-party toxic tort cases. Alissa now focuses her practice on commercial litigation, assisting clients with, among other complex legal matters:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Business disputes
  • Breach of employment contract
  • Breach of contract
  • Product liability
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Construction disputes
  • Class actions

In addition to her results-driven broad litigation practice, clients appreciate that Alissa served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Human Intelligence Collector. In this capacity, she built rapport and conducted interrogations, in addition to supervising squads of soldiers during high stress training exercises. She received recognition for outstanding performance in interrogation and source operation techniques. Today, Alissa values the opportunity to apply similar skills to each client’s toughest legal challenges.


Services

Recognition

  • National Black Lawyers (NBL), Top 40 Under 40, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law
    • Duke Law & Technology Review, Research Editor
    • Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Scholar
    • Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity 1L Scholar
    • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Class Representative
  • B.S., University of Michigan
    • Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science; Sociology
    • University Honors

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association (ABA), Litigation Subsection
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Languages

  • French, conversant
Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented tool company in product liability allegations after injury, settling for 15 percent of seven-figure claim after entering motion for summary judgment.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court on nearly $1M breach of contract action, workout provision violation, on behalf of food distributor client.
  • Represented delivery company client when third party was injured, settling for less than 10 percent of claims.
  • Successfully argued motion to compel discovery in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Settled Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims against national medical services provider for less than 20 percent of client's potential liability.

Toxic Tort

  • Drafted appellate brief that granted client's motions for judgment notwithstanding verdict on plaintiff's conspiracy claims and motion for summary judgment on loss of consortium claim regarding client's asbestos-containing products and plaintiff's mesothelioma.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of agricultural manufacturer client on grounds of failure to establish product identification after deposition.

Healthcare

  • Represented nursing home client regarding Medicare/Medicaid reporting violations.
  • Represented numerous physicians and pharmaceutical companies in False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) claims.
  • Navigated multi-national medical device Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation.
  • Negotiated non-target letters or civil fines when representing five pharmaceutical executives in statewide industry sweep by Department of Justice (DOJ), investigating alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations related to copay assistance charitable foundations.

White Collar

  • Represented chief operations officer for major trash collection company, facing 36-year sentence on allegations including wire fraud and bribery, reduced to 5 years' probation and no fine.
  • Handled whistleblower allegations of false reporting for charitable organization before the attorney general.
  • Assisted charitable foster home care agency in navigating charges of false reporting, collaborating with insurance counsel.
  • Represented public banking vice president facing allegations of violating Sections 17(a) and 17(e) of Securities Exchange Act and lifetime ban of broker-dealer registration in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation. Client received 2-year ban and no civil fine.
Outside the Office

Alissa stays busy with her young daughter. She’s also a Michigan football fan, and a devoted follower of the NCAA.

Community Leadership
  • Duke Law Chicago Alumni Board

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