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Alison “Ali” T. Holdway is a member of the Litigation Practice in Greenberg Traurig's Boston office. She represents clients in all phases of litigation, from early-stage investigations through appeals. She focuses on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense, including DOJ and SEC investigations, state prosecutions, and internal investigations. Ali has experience litigating False Claims Act, civil rights, wrongful death, cybersecurity, medical device products liability, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, unfair or deceptive business practices, breach of fiduciary duty, patent infringement, and general commercial cases, including class action defense. In addition, Ali has considerable legal writing experience and drafts complex pleadings, motions, memoranda, and appellate briefs. She regularly appears before federal trial and appellate courts, as well as state courts in Massachusetts.

In addition, Ali is committed to pro bono legal work. She has represented multiple minors in immigration proceedings before the Immigration Court, state courts with jurisdiction over juveniles, and USCIS. Ali also represented a client whose family was facing eviction. After the client was denied the opportunity to intervene in the Housing Court case on behalf of her minor children, Ali and a colleague appealed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and then Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled in the client’s favor.

Prior to joining the firm, Ali served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mark G. Mastroianni in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She also previously worked for a Boston-based law firm where she represented clients before state and federal courts.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Counsel for former chief executive officer of a publicly traded education corporation in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims under Delaware law brought by bankruptcy trustee seeking several hundred million dollars in alleged damages.
  • Counsel for the family of a decedent in a civil rights and wrongful death case alleging excessive use of force by police officers and inadequate training and supervision by the police department.
  • Counsel for defendant-appellee in First Circuit appeal of summary judgment order dismissing claims against client as barred by statute of frauds.
  • Counsel for financial services companies in breach of contract and unfair and deceptive practices lawsuit.
  • Counsel for foreign governmental agency as alleged subsequent transferee of redemptions from foreign feeder fund allegedly paid by BLMIS in Madoff bankruptcy adversary proceeding.
  • Represented client in related DOJ, SEC, and congressional investigations.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in a TCPA putative class action.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court for healthcare professional against claims arising out of an alleged breach of an oral contract and unfair and deceptive practices seeking over $3 million in damages.
  • Advised major corporation in connection with issues associated with divisive merger and “Texas Two-Step” bankruptcy filing.
  • Advised an insurance company concerning the scope of coverage related to a data breach.
  • Advised publicly traded corporation in connection with investigation into undisclosed liabilities arising out of merger and acquisition of target company.
  • Represent undocumented minors in immigration and ancillary proceedings before the Immigration Court, state courts with jurisdiction over juveniles, and USCIS.
  • Represented clients in a DOJ criminal investigation, related SEC investigation, and resulting False Claims Act litigation.°
  • Represented pro bono client as an intervenor in eviction case before Housing Court, Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled in client’s favor and remanded case for trial.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Holdway prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, 2014-2015
    • Special Prosecutor, 2014-2015
    • Legal Fellow, Appeals Division, 2014
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Criminal Division, 2014
  • Law Intern, New York County District Attorney’s Office (Trial Bureau 50), 2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2022
  • Recipient, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, “Pro Bono Asylum Award,” 2022
  • Recipient, Greenberg Traurig, "Pro Bono Team of the Year Award," 2021
  • Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, "Excellence in the Law Award for Up & Coming Lawyers," 2022
  • Member, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program, 2021-2022
  • Member, Boston Bar Association, 2014-2018, 2020-Present
  • Member, Lawyers Have Heart Captains Committee, 2017-2018

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2014
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Colgate University, 2009
Clerkships
  • Hon. Mark Mastroianni, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2018-2019
Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit