Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

Alison C. Barnes, Partner


JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1997

BA, magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1994

Phi Beta Kappa


Tel: 202.775.4507
Fax: 202.775.4510

Bar Associations

District of Columbia


Alison C. Barnes, Partner

Appellate Briefs

Access Now v. Southwest Amicus Brief of Air Transport Association of America, Inc.
Excel Corporation v. Kriefall 541 U.S. Amicus Brief and Motion of the American Meat Institute and Others
Wilkinson v. Dotson Brief for Respondent

Trial Memoranda

Norfolk County Retirement System v. Community Health Systems, Inc. Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss the Amended Complaint
Norfolk County Retirement System v. Community Health Systems, Inc. Defendants' Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss the Amended Complaint

Alison C. Barnes is a trial and appellate litigator. She has handled a wide array of litigation matters—from commercial disputes to matters involving the federal government—for more than a decade. She has experience with all aspects of civil litigation, including preparing pleadings and motions, supervising discovery, managing expert witnesses, conducting witness examinations at trial, preparing appellate briefs, and arguing cases on appeal. In addition, Alison has represented companies and individuals in federal criminal investigations and SEC enforcement matters.  Her work on those matters has included providing strategic advice to clients, interacting with government attorneys, representing witnesses at testimony and interviews, and making substantial document productions to government agencies. Alison also counsels clients on non-litigation matters, such as instituting risk-minimizing workplace policies and procedures.

Before joining Robbins Russell, Alison served as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice for five years and practiced employment law at Alston & Bird LLP for one year. During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Alison served as lead counsel on numerous civil cases in federal district courts around the country, filed dozens of trial and appellate briefs, engaged in many alternative dispute resolution sessions, and argued several cases in federal appellate courts. Alison has served as an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at the George Washington University School of Law.

Representative matters include:

  • Representing a committee of unsecured creditors in an adversary proceeding in federal bankruptcy court in which we obtained a $500 million judgment for the committee.

  • Representing record companies in a lawsuit alleging large-scale copyright infringement by a music-sharing website. Handled disputes regarding the preservation of electronic material, among other things.

  • Represented former controller of large corporation in connection with a federal subpoena for potentially privileged documents.  Briefed and argued appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Tried pharmaceutical malpractice case to verdict in D.C. Superior Court.  Obtained monetary relief for client.

  • Represented telecommunications company in numerous pieces of civil litigation, ranging from a commercial dispute with a regional telecom start-up to a class action employment dispute.

  • Represented accounting firm in connection with an investigation by the SEC into alleged accounting improprieties at a public company.

Professional Activities, Publications and Honors:

  • Member, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia