Allison Brennan Bailey is an associate at Butler Prather, LLP. Prior to joining Butler Prather, Allison first practiced at Eversheds Sutherland, one of the largest international law firms in the world, where she represented both companies and individuals in a range of complex matters, from large-scale class actions to white collar defense to defamation. Many of these cases dealt with issues of first impression and emerging law; Allison learned to argue and practice law both analytically and creatively. She then practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Atlanta, where she represented plaintiffs in matters concerning medical malpractice, premises liability, and sexual harassment. She now intends to spend the majority of her time representing those who have suffered injury and violation of their rights—doing good for those who need it the most.
Throughout her career, Allison continually sought out pro bono work; Allison has represented local charities, asylum applicants, and habeas litigants. Most notably, she worked with the Promise of Justice Initiative to provide representation to individuals who were convicted by nonunanimous juries in violation of their constitutional rights. Allison advised her clients through appeals and to successfully resolve these matters.
Allison first began assisting in litigation while a college student at the University of Georgia, when she interned for the U.S. Attorney in Savannah, Georgia. She also assisted a personal injury attorney during trial. Through these experiences, Allison learned a respect for the trial process, a love of oral advocacy, and the importance of working closely with and providing support to clients and victims. She participated in mock trials all four years of college, winning three awards, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
While at Emory, Allison was a staff member of the Emory Law Journal, an extern for a federal district court judge, and a research assistant to Professors Richard Freer and Frank Alexander. She participated in two closing argument competitions, winning first place in one and third place in another. She was also awarded top litigator from her year in Emory’s trial techniques program and top appellate oralist from her year in Emory’s legal writing program. Allison graduated in the top five students in her class. Following graduation, Allison clerked for a federal district court judge in Virginia.
Allison is a Georgia native who has lived in Atlanta all of her life. She and her close family live in the Atlanta and Decatur areas.