Allison Jones Rushing has experience in complex civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. A significant portion of Allison’s practice focuses on appellate matters, constitutional issues, and regulatory challenges. Allison has argued before the federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts, as well as arguing significant motions before federal district courts. She has briefed multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals in a wide variety of substantive areas. Legal 500 has praised Allison for her “excellent writing advocacy skills,” and Super Lawyers has recognized her as one of its “Rising Stars.” In naming Williams & Connolly to its “Appellate Hot List,” The National Law Journal recognized Allison’s oral advocacy in the federal courts of appeals.
Before joining Williams & Connolly, Allison clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States, and before that she clerked for Chief Judge David Sentelle on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Allison graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. Allison received her B.A. from Wake Forest University, graduating summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Allison is a member of the firm’s Evaluation Committee for Junior Associates.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Allison’s experience includes:
- Securing unanimous affirmance on appeal of a complete defense judgment in a contract dispute concerning the secondary life insurance market.
- Winning reversal on appeal of an adverse jury verdict against a major bank in a FIRREA lawsuit.
- Winning reversal on appeal of a client’s criminal conviction for securities fraud and TARP fraud.
- Successfully defending a news program against allegations of libel in a four-week trial in federal district court.
- Law Clerk, Justice Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court of the United States, 2010 -2011
- Law Clerk, Chief Judge David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2008 -2009
- Law Clerk, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2007-2008
- Summer Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, 2007