Alison Beanum is a skilled trial attorney who routinely goes toe-to-toe against the most prominent sexual abuse and harassment lawyers in California. She leads teams of associates through all phases of litigation, applying persistent and creative strategies to achieve the best possible results for her clients, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiation table. In these highly sensitive cases, Alison prides herself on being a fighter, grounded in professionalism and civility.

Beyond her work as a litigator, Alison provides counseling services to her clients, including the development of policies and training programs regarding the identification and prevention of childhood sexual 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, Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act.

Over the years, Alison has also developed a specialty in disability access law, focusing on the defense of claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local regulations. In this practice area, she defends “drive-by” accessibility lawsuits, works with Certified Access Specialists, architects and contractors to help identify and correct accessibility violations. She assists her clients in implementing policies to ensure compliance with the quickly-developing laws in this field.

Alison was selected as a Southern California "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2008-2017. She also received the Award for Excellence in Preparation for Trial Practice of the Law from the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).


  • California
  • US District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2002
  • B.A., University of California at Irvine, 1999


  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • California Bar Association, Litigation Section