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Upon graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1984, Alison Turner joined a business litigation firm, Johnson, Manfredi & Thorpe, which subsequently merged with Perkins Coie. In 1990, she moved to Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland to focus on appellate law, but she did not entirely abandon the trial court.
Even as appellate counsel, Alison frequently finds herself part of the defense team while the case is still pending in the district or superior court. Defense counsel for clients ranging from banks to public entities consult her about the steps they need to take to make and preserve the record. In a number of complex cases in both federal and state courts, she has assisted on dispositive motions; she has drafted jury instructions, special verdict forms, motions in limine and trial briefs, and objections to all of them; and she has provided input for various post-trial motions. When the appeal comes, the record is there through the collaborative effort of trial and appellate counsel.
In her years with the firm, Alison has prepared countless briefs and petitions in diverse areas of law, including business torts, contracts, civil rights, employment, and healthcare. She has argued in Courts of Appeal throughout California, and before the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court. From time to time she has been called on to argue a legal point in the district court or the superior court. Alison has been a CEB panelist on law and motion advocacy skills and, in the more informal setting of a law firm, provided litigators with an appellate perspective on various trial court issues for MCLE credit.
Alison obtained her A.B. degree in history, cum laude, from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. While a law student, she clerked for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Alison is married to novelist and playwright Lou Mathews. Her poetry has appeared nationally in a variety of literary journals.
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