- Civil Litigation
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Motions Practice
- Writs and Appeals
For almost two decades, Allison Shalinsky has been a key member of criminal and civil trial teams, performing a varied range of activities. Allison is especially known as a behind-the-scenes architect, devising trial strategy and organizing trial preparation in some of the highest profile criminal and civil cases in federal and state court. In that role, Allison has assisted clients in criminal and civil cases ranging from special circumstance homicide prosecutions to complex civil cases.
Allison held a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, before leaving to attend Stanford Law School.
Allison speaks French.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Allison was the recipient of California Lawyer Magazine’s CLAY award in 2012 as an Attorney of the Year for “extraordinary achievements” in litigation, based on her participation in the 2011 Mattel v. MGA (aka Barbie v. Bratz) trial.
- Sean Cooper v. Chapman University School of Law, et al, a five-month civil fraud trial in 2001 which Allison assisted the defense in the development of case strategy, wrote opening statement and closing argument outlines, prepared cross-examination outlines for all witnesses for the plaintiffs, and prepared defense witnesses for trial. At the conclusion of trial, the jury awarded no damages to the plaintiffs.
- Auerbach Acquisition Associates v. Greg Daily, a five-month business litigation civil trial in 2009 in which Allison assisted the plaintiff in the development of case strategy, wrote opening statement and closing argument outlines, and prepared cross-examination outlines for defense witnesses. At the conclusion of trial, the jury awarded $350,000,000 in damages (compensatory and punitive) to the plaintiff.
- Mattel v. MGA Entertainment, a three-month civil trial in 2011 in which Allison assisted the defendant and counterclaimant MGA Entertainment in defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims, and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation claims. Allison wrote opening statement and closing argument outlines, and prepared cross-examination outlines for the critical Mattel witnesses. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85,000,000 in damages to MGA Entertainment (although the award to MGA was reversed on appeal, the defense verdict on all of Mattel’s claims remains, and a $137,000,000 attorneys’ fee award also remains).
- People v. Robert Blake, a high-profile homicide prosecution which Allison wrote all motions and briefs for the defense from November 2002 until the conclusion of trial in March 2005 (including the motion that resulted in the dismissal of the co-defendant from the case), oversaw trial preparation, wrote a portion of opening statement, prepared cross-examination outlines, and wrote closing argument. At the conclusion of a three-month jury trial, the client was acquitted.
- People v. Hootan Roozrokh, a case involving an organ transplant surgeon charged with attempting to hasten the death of a potential organ donor — the first such case of its kind in the nation. Allison wrote all defense motions and briefs in the case, through preliminary hearing and trial. At the conclusion of a six-week jury trial, the client was acquitted.