Allyson Slater

Senior Associate


Allyson Slater represents individuals and companies in connection with internal investigations, responses to inquiries by government agencies, and government enforcement actions, as well as complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal court.  

Ms. Slater's investigations experience includes investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the securities laws. She has also represented clients in civil antitrust matters, including class actions, and disputes brought under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act. Ms. Slater has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, from pleadings to fact discovery, preliminary injunctions, depositions, motion practice, class certification and summary judgment.

Ms. Slater also maintains an active pro bono practice. She successfully represented a California state prisoner who was serving a sentence of 50 years to life for a nonviolent offense in his successful petition for a shorter sentence under Proposition 36, which reformed California's Three Strikes Law. She also represented a victim and testifying witness in a criminal trial under the federal “sex tourism” statute (18 U.S.C. § 2423), which resulted in conviction of the defendant on all counts. 

Ms. Slater serves on the Advisory Board of the Western Center on Law and Poverty and is a member of WilmerHale's Pro Bono and Public Service Committee.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Slater worked as a summer law clerk for the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Before entering law school, Ms. Slater worked as a paralegal at the Massachusetts Federal Public Defender's office and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. 

Publications & News


September 30, 2016

Takeaways From A Criminal Pro Bono Case

In this article published by Law360, Allyson Fortier and Nancy Lynn Schroeder share their takeaways from representing two victim-witnesses in a trial of a man indicted in 2009 under a federal criminal statute related to sex trafficking.

March 14, 2013

Update: Recent Court Decisions Reveal Litigation Challenges for SEC

Although the US Securities and Exchange Commission may have significant leverage to get what it wants during the course of an investigation and even in settlements, several recent court decisions strongly suggest that the playing field levels once the agency ends up in litigation.


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JD, University of Southern California Law School, 2012, Senior Note Editor, Southern California Law Review, Public Interest Law Foundation Grant Recipient

BA, History, Boston College, 2006

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