Aaron McAllister

Firm Founder and Principal Attorney

Bar Admission
California – 2009
District of Columbia – 2010

J.D., Howard University School of Law, 2009
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2006

Notable Work Experience
White & Case LLP
Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt PLC
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

AARON P. MCALLISTER is a trial lawyer. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Aaron P. McAllister. Mr. McAllister is a highly skilled litigator with substantial experience in federal and state courts. Moreover, Mr. McAllister is a rare trial attorney in light of the fact that he has experience in the areas of both civil (plaintiff’s side and defense’s side) and criminal litigation, as well as experience as both a criminal defense attorney and as a prosecutor. Mr. McAllister’s unique experience makes him highly effective at predicting and identifying the arguments and theories that the prosecution will most likely raise, and developing a defense to rebut the prosecutor’s position. Mr. McAllister has litigated various high profile cases and has represented various high profile and high-worth companies. Mr. McAllister counsels his clients throughout the entire case and zealously advocates for his client throughout settlement or trial.

Mr. McAllister began his career as an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (“PDS”). During his tenure at the PDS, Mr. McAllister represented indigent clients in a variety of criminal proceedings. Notably, while at the PDS, Mr. McAllister completed an extensive trial training program and received feedback, guidance, and mentoring from some of the top senior trial attorneys in the field, which was an invaluable experience for developing his trial advocacy skills. Also while at the PDS, Mr. McAllister obtained the skills necessary to advocate for his clients with a holistic approach, i.e., Mr. McAllister is trained to not only fight the charges at the trial stage, but to also combat the collateral consequences of coming into contact with the criminal justice system and having a criminal record. Indeed, at the PDS, Mr. McAllister assisted persons with criminal records with various legal issues arising from their contact with the criminal justice system, including record sealing, expungement, and early termination of parole. In addition, Mr. McAllister represented incarcerated clients during disciplinary hearings before the adjustment board, and wrote appeal letters on behalf of clients. Several of the written appeals that Mr. McAllister drafted on behalf of his clients were granted; in fact, due to the extraordinary number of successful appeals, Mr. McAllister was placed in charge of training incoming attorneys on how to draft an appeal.

In addition to his criminal defense experience at the DC PDS, Mr. McAllister has experience as a deputy prosecutor in California at the Inglewood City Attorney’s office. As preparation to serve as a deputy prosecutor, Mr. McAllister participated in a five-week trial training course in which he played the role of prosecutor in numerous mock criminal trials; such training covered the pre-trial conference, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, motions to dismiss, jury instructions, closing arguments, and sentencing. After demonstrating the ability to successfully prosecute criminal cases, Mr. McAllister served as a prosecutor at the Inglewood City Attorney’s office through the Trial Advocacy Project.

Mr. McAllister received his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 2009 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. At Howard, he was a member/senior editor of the Howard Law Journal and a member of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc. Mr. McAllister also earned a merit scholarship, as well as an American Jurisprudence Award for achieving the highest grade in Evidence. Mr. McAllister received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2006. While at UCI, Mr. McAllister was a member of the Track & Field team (triple jump and long jump), where he earned consecutive scholar athlete awards from Fall 2004 to May 2006.

Prior to founding the Law Offices of Aaron McAllister, Mr. McAllister was associated with White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C. While at White & Case, Mr. McAllister represented a large corporation and several of its affiliates in antitrust class actions in federal, state, and international courts. Mr. McAlister prepared clients to testify at depositions, defended clients during depositions, and assisted in preparing for and taking depositions. Mr. McAllister also researched and drafted various case filings, including motions to dismiss, answers to complaints, and objections to discovery requests. Furthermore, Mr. McAllister participated in all phases of discovery and document production and review, including supervising staff attorneys and paralegals. Mr. McAllister received a merit-based bonus selectively given to high achieving associates for valuable contributions to the firm. In addition, Mr. McAllister served pro bono clients in family law cases on behalf of the firm, including adoption and guardianship matters. Mr. McAllister successfully represented a birth grandmother in an adoption trial such that the Judge awarded the birth grandmother custody of her three-year old granddaughter. Mr. McAllister also successfully represented a birth mother in a motion for contempt hearing such that the Judge dismissed the motion and the client was not incarcerated. Notably, Mr. McAllister received a pro bono award for exceptional advocacy, and was featured in an article for his outstanding representation.

Prior to establishing the Law Offices of Aaron P. McAllister, Mr. McAllister was also associated with Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt (“IMW”), in Los Angeles, California. While at IMW, Mr. McAllister represented clients in civil litigation – both plaintiffs and defendants – and criminal defense cases in California state courts. Specifically, Mr. McAllister’s practice areas included civil litigation, civil rights, class actions, labor and employment law (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour), wrongful death, criminal defense, complex litigation, and personal injury. Mr. McAllister handled all aspects of litigation, including attending hearings and arguing motions. Mr. McAllister drafted and responded to various pleadings, including complaints, answers, motions in limine, motions to compel, demurrers, trial briefs, and arbitration briefs. Mr. McAllister drafted several demand letters that resulted in his clients receiving large settlements. Mr. McAllister also successfully drafted and orally argued a motion to compel, at which the Judge awarded monetary sanctions to his client. Furthermore, Mr. McAllister successfully drafted a demurrer and argued at the hearing, at which the Judge dismissed two causes of action. Mr. McAllister also experienced success while advocating for his clients in criminal cases, including successfully drafting and arguing an expungement motion; specifically, the Judge (1) granted early termination of probation, (2) reduced the client’s felony conviction to a misdemeanor conviction, and (3) granted the expungement of the client’s misdemeanor conviction.

Mr. McAllister is admitted to practice before the State of California as well as the District of Columbia. Mr. McAllister is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.