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Alison P. Buchanan

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60 South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, CA 95113

408-947-2415 | 408-287-2583
alison.buchanan@hogefenton.com
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Alison P. Buchanan

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Practice Overview

Alison Buchanan is a Shareholder in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, where she focuses her practice on business litigation. Alison represents clients in complex business disputes, including contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition claims. She has significant trial experience, which includes serving as lead trial counsel in her last four trials. Most recently, Alison served as lead counsel in a two-week jury trial, which resulted in a $569,696.08 judgement for her client. While an aggressive litigator, Alison’s clients appreciate her practical business-oriented approach to litigation.

Alison is also a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her additional experience in employment and real estate litigation makes her a valued resource for her clients. Alison is a sought-after speaker on attorney ethics

Alison was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, as chosen by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine. She was named a Northern California “Rising Star” in 2012.

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology), with honors
  • B.A., Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern & Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Affiliation & Awards

Professional Activities

Alison is presently serving a four-year appointment as a Commissioner for the Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.

From 2011 through 2014, Alison served a three-year appointment to the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC). She serves on the Executive Committee of The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Legal Malpractice Section.  She is a member of APRL (Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers). She has chaired the Professionalism Committee for the Santa Clara County Bar Association (2015 – 2016), and previously served on its Civil Practice, Business Law/Business Litigation Committees (2010 and 2011 Chair), Finance, Law Related Education (2008 Chair), and Barristers Committees. Alison is also a past co-chair of the Amicus Committee for the Campaign for Legal Services.  For ten years, Alison taught Professional Responsibility at Lincoln Law School in San Jose.

Alison is serving a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Silicon Valley.  She is also a 2008 graduate of the Community Leadership San Jose-Silicon Valley Program.

Awards

Northern California Super Lawyer.  As chosen by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Representative Experience

Representative Matters/Clients

  • Represents corporate clients with contract, fraud, misappropriation, and unfair business practice claims
  • Represents law firms and lawyers in defending allegations of professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represents lawyers in State Bar disciplinary proceedings
  • Significant trial experience, including jury and bench trials
  • Advises law firms and lawyers on ethics issues, such as conflicts, confidentiality, and fee disputes
  • Federal court jury trial experience involving allegations of unfair competition and false advertising

Speaking & Publications

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Publications

  • Imputation of Conflicts of Interest (Rule 1.10), San Francisco Daily Journal, May 5, 2017
  • Identifying and Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law in a Global Economy, California Litigation, Volume 30, Number 1, 2017
  • Disqualified?  No fees for your firm!, San Francisco Daily Journal, February 5, 2016
  • Co-author, When a judge’s past comes back to haunt, San Francisco Daily Journal, February 20, 2015
  • Risk management resolutions for 2015, San Francisco Daily Journal, January 16, 2015
  • Attorneys can SLAPP down some suits, San Francisco Daily Journal, November 14, 2014
  • Ethical supervision: all in a day’s work, San Francisco Daily Journal, September 26, 2014
  • Breaking Up is Hard, But Necessary, to Do, San Francisco Daily Journal, August 8, 2014
  • Avoiding and Addressing Unexpected Ethics Issues at Trial, California Bar Journal, June 2014, published by the State Bar of California
  • Joint Representation: Ethical Implications and Challenges, California Bar Journal, August 2013, published by the State Bar of California
  • Co-author, Avoiding Ethics Speed Traps on the Internet Highway, San Francisco Attorney, Summer 2013, published by The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Be Tech Smart: Protecting Your Client Communications, San Francisco Daily Journal, September 14, 2011
  • Time to Give Your Fee Agreement a Check-up?, CEB’s Telephone Topic Newsletter for the Continuing Education of the Bar, Volume 25

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics and Technology, Placer County Bar Association’s Spring MCLE Mountain Retreat, April 21, 2017
  • Elimination of Bias, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association, March 13, 2017
  • Ethical Issues and the Use of Technology in the Practice of Law, San Mateo County Bar Association, January 27, 2017
  • Legal Ethics, SCCBA Annual MCLE Marathon, January 27, 2017
  • Legal Ethics, SVBA, January 26, 2017
  • Legal Malpractice and Ethics: 2016 In Review, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 19, 2017
  • The Ethics Game: An Interactive Approach to Understanding the Top Legal Ethics Developments in CA in 2016, CMCP / Kaiser Law Department, January 11, 2017
  • Ethical Issues in Licensing, PLI, December 7, 2016
  • Ethics in Mediation and Negotiation, BASF, December 6, 2016
  • Ethical Issues for Experts and Counsel, Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) Annual Meeting, May 20, 2016
  • Ethics and Technology in the Practice of Law, San Mateo County Bar Association “Funky Credit Day,” January 29, 2016
  • Legal Ethics, Santa Clara County Bar Association MCLE Marathon Live, January 22, 2016
  • Legal Malpractice and Ethics: 2015 in Review, The San Francisco Bar Association, January 22, 2016
  • Top Ten Ethics Tips for Using the Internet to Enhance and Market Your Practice, Association of Defense Counsel 56th Annual Meeting, December 10, 2015
  • Attorney Fee Payments: New Options, Old Ethics, The Bar Association of San Francisco, September 23, 2015
  • Ethics & Social Media, Napa County Women Lawyers, September 9, 2015
  • Multijurisdictional Practice and the Unauthorized Practice of Law: Complying With the Rules, The Bar Association of San Francisco, March 19, 2015
  • The Perils of Multijurisdictional and Cross-Border Practice, Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, February 27, 2015
  • Two Lawyers, One Client: Ethical Issues in Co-Counsel Relationships,American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), February 11, 2015
  • Legal Malpractice and Professional Ethics: Recent Developments, The San Francisco Bar Association, January 27, 2015
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Roundup, Santa Clara County Bar Association MCLE Marathon Live event, January 23, 2015
  • Moderator, Keeping Your Bearings In The Crucible: Ethics At Trial, American Business Trial Lawyers, January 20, 2015
  • Ethics & Social Media, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, December 4, 2014
  • Trial Ethics: Common Issues At Trial, The Bar Association of San Francisco, October 23, 2014
  • Walking the Rule 1.1 Tightrope,The Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, September 30, 2014
  • The Latest Developments in Legal Ethics, Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (EACBA), September 19, 2014
  • Starting Off on the Right Foot: Addressing Ethics Issues at the Outset, State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 12, 2014
  • The Ethics of Getting Your Legal Fees Paid, State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 12, 2014
  • Multijurisdictional Practice and Globalization of the Legal Profession, presented to a private law firm all attorney retreat, September 6, 2014
  • 10 Tips for Ethically Using Technology in Your Practice, West Valley Bar Association, July 31, 2014
  • Ensure Your Trial Practices are Beyond Reproach, National Business Institute, July 22, 2014
  • Complex Issues with the Attorney-Client Privilege, California State Bar Solo & Small Firm Summit, June 19, 2014
  • Crisis Management for In-House Counsel, Strafford, June 4, 2014
  • Social Media & Ethics, Sonoma County Women in Law, May 22, 2014
  • Ethics Updates for Legal Professionals, Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association, April 24, 2014
  • Ethics of Social Media and Attorney Ratings Websites, Contra Costa County Bar Association, April 15, 2014
  • Moderator, Trial Ethics: Don’t Risk Your Soul to Win a Point, California State Bar 18th Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, April 12, 2014
  • Ethics for Employee Benefits Lawyers, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), April 4, 2014
  • Navigating the Internet Highway and Legal Ethics, The Bar Association of San Francisco, January 28, 2014
  • At the Intersection of Ethics and Technology, San Mateo County Bar Association “Funky Credit Day”, January 24, 2014
  • Joint Representation: Avoiding the Ethical Risks, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), December 12, 2013
  • You May Be Breaching Ethical Rules Every Time You Use the Internet, Santa Clara County Bar Association, December 10, 2013
  • The Estate Planner Roadmap to Conflicts, State Bar of California Annual Taxation Conference, November 7, 2013
  • Conflicts 201: Beyond the Basics, State Bar of California 86th Annual Meeting, October 12, 2013
  • Ethical Risk Management, The Berkeley Albany Bar Association, September 16, 2013
  • Ethical Collections and Fee Arbitration, The Bar Association of San Francisco, July 25, 2013
  • Ethical Lawyering Opposite a Pro Per, Sonoma County Women in Law, May 23, 2013
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Against Vexatious Litigants, Santa Clara County Bar Association, May 15, 2013
  • Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Your Own Words (and Conduct) Might Really Hurt You, California State Bar 17th Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, April 20, 2013
  • Ethics Updates for Legal Professionals, Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association, April 18, 2013
  • Ethics: Non-Traditional Payment Methods, The Bar Association of San Francisco, March 14, 2013
  • Ethics and Social Media, presented by the Bay Area APALSA (Asian Pacific-Islander American Law Students Association) Annual Meeting, January 26, 2013
  • MCLE Live Day 2013: Legal Ethics, Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 25, 2013
  • Elimination of Bias, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association, January 14, 2013
  • Legal Ethics for Solo Practitioners, Santa Clara Law How to Start a Solo Practice program, December 14, 2012
  • Ethics of Social Media for Lawyers, The Bar Association of San Francisco, November 27, 2012
  • Conflicts 101, State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting, October 13, 2012
  • Ethics for Attorneys: Hot Topics in 2012, The Knowledge Congress, August 29, 2012
  • Ethics Updates for Legal Professionals, Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association, March 22, 2012
  • The State Bar Discipline System, Santa Clara Bar Association, January 20, 2012
  • Eliminating Bias, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association, January 9, 2012
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