Alison Beanum Selected to Participate in Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA’s “SideBar” Program

Sedgwick News
May 2017

Sedgwick LLP Los Angeles partner Alison K. Beanum has been selected by leadership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Los Angeles Chapter to participate in its “SideBar” program as a potential ABOTA member. 

In its fourth year, the “SideBar” program identifies prospective ABOTA members, educating on the benefits of membership and qualification requirements, as it looks to cultivate the next generation of advocates and defenders of the Seventh Amendment. A limited number of trial attorneys are selected to participate in the “SideBar” program. Candidates are nominated by current ABOTA chapter members.

“Alison is a strong advocate of the right to a jury trial and a skilled practitioner in the courtroom,” said nominator, current ABOTA – Los Angeles Chapter member and fellow Sedgwick partner Craig S. Barnes. “ABOTA’s mission and resources complement her practice, and offer new opportunities to grow as a trial lawyer.”

The “SideBar” program is not Beanum’s first exposure to ABOTA. In law school, she received the organization’s “Award for Excellence in Preparation for Trial Practice of the Law.”

Beanum defends public and private entities against claims of intentional and negligence-based torts alleged to have caused catastrophic injuries. Her cases range from single-plaintiff lawsuits to high-profile, multi-party consolidated actions. Routinely going toe-to-toe against sexual abuse and harassment lawyers in California, she leads teams of attorneys through all phases of litigation, developing and applying strategies to achieve the clients’ objectives. In her 15-year career, she has first-chaired two jury trials to verdict, second-chaired four jury trials to verdict, first-chaired two bench trials and first-chaired three jury trials that resolved mid-trial.

Beyond her work as a litigator, Beanum provides counseling services to her clients, including the development of policies and training programs regarding the identification and prevention of child abuse, the mandatory reporting of suspected abuse and compliance with sexual harassment laws. She also advises her public entity clients on compliance with various state regulations, including the Tort Claims Act, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and the Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act.

Featured annually in Los Angeles magazine as a Super Lawyers Southern California “Rising Star” since 2008, Beanum is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, the State Bar of California’s Litigation Section, California Women Lawyers and the California Council of School Attorneys. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School – where she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship – and her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.