You were made to make more than a living. You were made to make a difference. — Ann Voskamp

Allison Mullins is a seasoned trial lawyer who invests deeply in her cases and the outcomes for her clients. With a sophisticated and diverse litigation practice, Allison demonstrates that effective advocacy begins not only with intricate understanding of the issues, but with meaningful knowledge of those she represents. Allison not only cares about the case, she truly cares for the client.

Seeking to experience the process through the client’s eyes, Allison’s goal is to add value to every effort. Allison has learned that truly excellent litigators must be excellent listeners—so Allison listens attentively.  She seeks to make a positive difference in legal matters but also in her clients’ lives.

Allison enjoys applying her skills and experience to help clients with a variety of legal claims and challenges.  Allison works with all types of people and entities—from representing John Edwards in his criminal campaign finance trial to working with Fortune 100 companies on “bet the company” cases to helping an injured young woman in a persistent vegetative state.  In 2013, Allison represented the plaintiffs in the first bellwether case in a medical device multi-district litigation (MDL), trying the case to a two million dollar verdict. Allison’s litigation experience is rich and vibrant with experience in North Carolina state courts, the North Carolina Business Court and the federal courts. She enjoys having a positive impact in matters that are important to her clients—whether large business or individual. And since every case is important to each client, she reaches for that positive impact in every matter on every day.

Allison also values the role of “counselor at law” to assist clients seeking to avoid litigation, to analyze legal options, and to determine best practices.  She has conducted independent investigations and been engaged to respond to a variety of client needs outside of a direct litigation context.

Beyond her legal work, Allison invests in our profession and world, seeking to understand and respond to challenges in each.  Investing in education and the next generation, Allison serves on the Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees.  She is a member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.  Allison is active in the North Carolina Bar Association, having served on the Board of Governors and the Appellate Rules Committee as well as having chaired the Litigation Section Council and the Appellate Practice Section. With a desire for the firm to make a positive difference in the world beyond our walls, Allison designed Turning Point Litigation’s service program for the firm to volunteer in community projects as well as our student program to provide advanced hands-on practical skills training to students interested in the law.


Education & Academic Honors

Education
  • B.D., cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1996
  • J.A., cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1993
Academic Honors
  • Hankins Scholar (undergraduate)
  • Law Alumni Scholar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
  • Wake Forest Moot Court Board

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1997
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1996
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1998
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1998
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2013
  • United States Court of Claims, 2017

Judicial Clerkship

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley, Jr, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (1996-1997)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1997-1998)

Professional Memberships & Leadership

  • North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, State Bar appointee (2018-present)
  • Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism (2019-present)
  • International Society of Barristers (2018-present)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (1998-present)
  • Board of Governors (2016-2019)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2007-2013
  • Federal Bar Association, Middle District of North Carolina Chapter
  • Middle District of North Carolina, Local Rules Committee
  • Appellate Rules Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (current member)
  • The American Association for Justice (current member)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
  • Joseph Branch Inn of Court, 2008-present
  • Guilford Inn of Court (2000-2006)
  • American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers (prior member)
  • DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee (prior member)
  • NCBA Appellate Practice Section Council Chairperson (2013-2014)
  • NCBA Litigation Section Council Chairperson, (2009-2010)

Achievements

  • Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation (2017, 2018)
  • Triad Business Journal, Outstanding Women in Business (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s top (“AV Preeminent”) Peer Review Rating *
  • Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2017 Greensboro Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2016 Greensboro Personal Injury—Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2015 Greensboro Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) (2009-2019), including recognition in multiple practice areas in various years beginning in 2009: Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation—Defendants, Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Civil Litigation Defense (2006-2009), General Litigation (2010-2017), and as one of the “Top 50 Women” attorneys in North Carolina (multiple years beginning in 2007)
  • North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite (2014-present)
  • North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite “Best Women Lawyers in the State” (multiple years beginning in 2014)
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (permanent member)
  • Andrew C. Hecker Award (2008), given by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel for the year’s most outstanding FDCC Quarterly article
  • Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty (2005), awarded to the Triad’s outstanding young business and community leaders
  • Past Vice Chairperson of Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Past Chairperson of Appellate Law Section, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Chairperson (2002-2004) and past chairperson and Steering Committee member (2004-2007), SynerG (a group dedicated to inspiring Greensboro’s future by connecting the next generation of leaders and encouraging creation of a city environment attractive to young talent)
  • Past Chairperson of North Carolina State Bar’s Liaison Committee to the Administrative Offices of the Courts
  • Chairperson, Amicus Committee, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (2011-2013)
  • Wake Forest University Board of Trustees (1991-1992)

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure’s standards and policies.


Presentations & Publications

  • Civil Law Update, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, February 2019
  • E-Discovery Primer (co-presenter), Superior Court Judges Conference, June 2017
  • Sex, Lies & Backup Tapes: A Discussion of Ethics from an Out-of-the-Box Practice, Greensboro Bar Association, CLE Speaker, January 2015
  • Legal Malpractice and the Civil Defense Lawyer, Vol. 59, No. 4, FDCC Quarterly 325 (2009)
  • The Anatomy of an Appeal, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, October 2013
  • Presentation on Civil Litigation, to Clerk of Court and staff, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, September 2016
  • Damages in Defamation Per Se Actions: Presumptions Are Not What They Used To Be, The Constitutionalist, the official Publication of the Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section, Volume II Number 4 (April 2006)
  • The Trap of Motions in Limine (or Why You Should Not Believe Everything You Read, Even in the Rules of Evidence), The Litigator, the official publication of the Litigation Section, Vol. 29, No. 1 (September 2008)
  • Civil Law Update, Mecklenburg County Bar Association CLE, January 2019
  • E-Discovery, Experts, and Ethics, North Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section CLE, February 2016
  • Superseding and Staying Judgments in North Carolina (published in Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium (Roger D. Townsend, ed. 2007))
  • A Day in the Courtroom: Observation of a Trade Secrets Mock Trial, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, June 2014
  • Ethics on Trial: The John Edwards Case, Greensboro Bar Association CLE, February 2014
  • Defending John Edwards: Professional Ethics in the Public Eye, West Virginia Association for Justice, January 2014
  • Navigating in the Brave New World of E-Discovery: Ethics, Sanctions and Spoliation, Vol. 57, No. 4, FDCC Quarterly 327 (Summer 2007)
  • NCBA 2013 Annual Review; Civil Law Update, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, October 2013
  • Clients with Unique Challenges, Annual Meeting of North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section’s CLE, June 2013
  • The John Edwards Trial: A View from the Inside, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, May 2013
  • Ethics In Pre-Trial Procedure, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, February 2013
  • The Brave New World of E-Discovery, Litigating Complex Commercial Disputes in North Carolina CLE, February 2013
  • Preserving Issues for Appeal, North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE, January 2013
  • The John Edwards Trial and More, Charlotte Bar Association CLE, January 2013
  • Issues in Medical Malpractice, Wake Forest University, presentation to law and medical students, January 2013
  • Co-author, Fourth Circuit section of “MLRC 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law” (2003 – 2009)
  • Cobb v. Sports Illustrated: Actual Malice Requires More Than Negligence (March 13, 2002)
  • “Sour Grape Lawsuits: Defamation in Political Advertisements” (January 1, 2001)
  • Co-author, Insurance Regulation of Providers That Bear Risk, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Vol. 22
  • Inside the John Edwards Trial, Greensboro Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE, November 2012
  • The Importance of Advocacy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, presentation to nursing students, 2012
  • Key Elements of Effective Appellate Brief Writing, Appellate Practice for Young Lawyers CLE, November 2011
  • Effectively Managing Electronic Discovery, FDCC Litigation Management College, 2010, 2011
  • Ethical Considerations of Alternative Fee Arrangements, FDCC CLE, 2011
  • Preserving Issues for Appeal, Appellate Practice CLE, 2010
  • Communicate, Advocate, Persuade – The Definition of Appeals CLE, 2009 (course planner)
  • Cross Examination of an Economic Expert, Trial Tips from the Trenches CLE, 2009
  • Ethics on Appeal, Advanced Litigation Strategies for Trial and Beyond: Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Coming Out on Top CLE, 2008
  • Ethical Issues and E-Discovery CLE, 2008
  • Legal Malpractice and the Civil Defense Lawyer, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel CLE, 2008
  • Navigating in the Brave New World of E-Discovery: Ethics, Sanctions and Spoliation, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel CLE, 2007
  • E-Litigation: Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Electronic Environment, CLE Course Planner, April 2007
  • North Carolina and Foreign Judgments, Enforcement of Judgments CLE, January 2007
  • Comparing Richmond to Raleigh, State and Federal Appellate Practice CLE, February 2005
  • Annual seminars on libel and related issues for media clients
  • The Fundamentals of Non-Competition Agreements, Women in Law for Women in Business Seminar