Alison Lima Andersen
Alison's work is primarily in the areas of ERISA and other employee benefits litigation, health care litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Her recent litigation work includes defending companies and retirement plans against breach of fiduciary claims; defending several defendants accused of violating the Medicare Secondary Payer Act; and representing medical providers seeking reimbursement from commercial health plans and insurers. She also has recent experience in municipal and corporate bankruptcy; as well as in a case involving claims of government lending discrimination.
Alison has also recently worked to secure asylum for an individual; represent a class of nursing home residents in the District of Columbia; advise nonprofit corporations on their potential exposure to tort liability; and help a medical practice prevail in a dispute over the ownership of a meteorite.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Alison was an attorney at a mid-sized labor law firm in Washington, DC. She began her legal career as a Legal Fellow for National Appleseed, a non-profit network of public interest justice centers located throughout North America, and she then became an intern at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Before attending law school, Alison was an instructor for Readak Educational Services in the US, Australia, and Japan.
Alison is a member of the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association.
Publications, Presentations & Recognitions
In 2017, Legal 500 US rated Alison a “nationwide leader” in ERISA Litigation.
Each year from 2014 to 2018, Alison was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
In 2013, Alison received Professional Women in Advocacy’s Excellence in Advocacy Award in a Campaign for Women Serving Women.
While in law school, Alison was a notes editor for the George Mason Law Review. She wrote an article titled, “Shedding First Amendment Rights at the Classroom Door?: The Effects of Garcetti and Mayer on Education in Public Schools,” 16 George Mason Law Review 173 (2008). She also served as both the president and auction coordinator for the Association for Public Interest Law.
Life Beyond the Law
When not working, Alison enjoys both watching and playing sports, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia Bar
- US District Court, District of Columbia
- US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- US District Court, Western District of Virginia
- US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
George Mason University School of LawJDsumma cum laude2009St. Michael's CollegeBAsumma cum laude2003