Alison T. Holdway
Ali Holdway is an associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department. Clients rely on her experience in a wide variety of areas, including white collar defense and government investigations, employment and non-compete law, products liability defense, and general commercial litigation. She assists clients at all stages of litigation, including fact investigation, discovery, dispositive motions, pre-trial motions, and appellate advocacy.
Ali is committed to providing pro bono representation. She has represented clients in immigration proceedings and before the Department of Unemployment Assistance. She regularly staffs a walk-in civil appeals clinic for unrepresented litigants seeking appellate advice. In addition, she assisted in preparing an amicus brief in Guardianship of V.V., 470 Mass. 590 (2015), arguing in support of parents’ right to counsel in guardianship proceedings.
- Successfully moved to dismiss tortious interference and Chapter 93A claims in contract dispute
- Defended companies and individuals against Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations
- Assisted in defending individual client against larceny charges
- Key team member representing a bank in a multi-district litigation involving a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the bank’s customer
- Assisted in defending client against Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigation
- Assisted in advising client on the enforceability of non-compete agreements around the country
- Advised client on its sick time policy with respect to Massachusetts’ new sick time law
- Team member representing medical device companies against products liability claims
- Represented minors in immigration proceedings before the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court and the United States Immigration Court
Ali also serves as a mentor through the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) Mentor Program, and she coaches a mock trial team comprised of college students participating in the BLG’s summer legal internship program. Ali particularly enjoys reading with her first grade reading buddy through Nutter’s Literacy Team.
Prior to joining Nutter, Ali served as a fellow in the Appeals Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, where she appeared before the Massachusetts Appeals Court on behalf of the Commonwealth as a Special Assistant District Attorney. She served as a legal intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.
During law school, Ali won first place, best final and preliminary rounds oralist, and third best government-side brief in the 2013 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. The following year, Ali coached a moot court team at the same competition. Ali remains connected to NYU School of Law’s Moot Court Board as a member of its Alumni Committee. In addition, she received NYU School of Law’s Pro Bono Service Award for completing over 50 hours of pro bono work.
Prior to law school, Ali worked as a litigation paralegal at an international law firm in New York.
News & Insights
- Writing for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, David Ferrera, Ali Holdway, and Melanie Woodward Examine Key 2017 Product Liability Decisions02.21.2018 | Article
- 01.31.2018 | Legal Update
- Writing for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, David Ferrera, Andrew McArdell, and Alison Holdway Analyze Notable 2016 Federal and State Product Liability Decisions02.23.2017 | Article
- 01.19.2017 | Legal Update
- Nelson Apjohn Authors Chapter on Dispositive Motions in MCLE’s Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual08.07.2015 | Article
- 01.30.2015 | Legal Update
- Ousted Partner Gets Burned: No Breach of Contract Liability Where Parties Failed to Agree on Material TermsBLS Blog, 02.15.2017
- Non-Compete Law Blog, 05.20.2016
- Non-Compete Law Blog, 03.10.2016
- Non-Compete Law Blog, 01.14.2016
- New York University School of Law’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2014
- 2013 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition: Overall First Place Team, Best Final and Preliminary Rounds Oralist, and Third Best Government-Side Brief
Education & Admissions
New York University School of Law, J.D.
Colgate University, B.A., magna cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In the Community
In addition to regularly staffing walk-in civic appeals clinics for unrepresented litigants seekly appellate advice, Ali serves as a mentor through the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) Mentor Program, and she coaches a mock trial team comprised of college students participating in the BLG’s summer legal internship program.
New York University School of Law’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2014
2013 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition: Overall First Place Team, Best Final and Preliminary Rounds Oralist, and Third Best Government-Side Brief