Alison Berry Wilkinson

Principal Attorney

Alison-1With over twenty-five (25) years experience representing public safety employees and their labor organizations, Alison is committed to personalized service, effective advocacy, and aggressive action.

Over the course of her career, Alison has handled a multitude of cutting-edge civil and labor-related court actions. As both plaintiff and defense counsel, Alison has successfully litigated cases in federal and state courts involving claims brought under virtually every statute impacting labor relations for local agency public safety employees, including the Meyers-Milias Brown Act, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as claims involving due process, civil rights, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and employee privacy.  Alison also aggressively defends individual public safety employees in complex disciplinary cases, internal administrative hearings, criminal cases, and related court actions.  

Alison enthusiastically shares her knowledge and expertise by teaching at various criminal justice academies, conferences and at POST-approved seminars. Alison regularly teaches on both the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Firefighters Bill of Rights Act, as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Free Speech and Privacy Rights, due process, Handling Critical Incidents, and Collective Bargaining.

Before founding the Berry Wilkinson Law Group, Alison was a founding partner at Rains, Lucia & Wilkinson LLP, as well a partner with the San Francisco firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough. 

The daughter of an elementary school teacher, Alison was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. When she is not defending and prosecuting the rights of public safety employees throughout the state, Alison resides in San Rafael, California with her husband and two children.

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1988

University of California at Santa Cruz (Merrill College), B.A. 1984

Certifications:

Force Science Institute, 2009

California State Bar, 1988

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