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.
Alison Andersen, Associate, Washington, DC at Arent Fox

Alisons recent litigation work includes representing medical providers seeking reimbursement from commercial health plans and insurers; defending companies and retirement plans against breach of fiduciary duty and benefits claims; and defending several defendants accused of violating the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. She also has recent experience in municipal and corporate bankruptcy; as well as in class action cases involving claims of government lending and disability 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.

Previous Work

Prior to joining ArentFox Schiff, 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.

Professional Activities

Alison is a member of the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council and a member of the Fairfax Bar Association.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Alison is recommended for ERISA Litigation by The Legal 500 US (2017-2019, 2021). She was also recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2014-2020), and was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2020-2024.

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.


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