About

Alison Baxter Herlihy, Family Law Attorney

Family law attorney Alison Herlihy is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and the daughter of Dr. Charles Herlihy and Sherry Bishop, and the sister of Justine Herlihy. Since completing law school, Alison has engaged in the private practice of family law, focusing primarily on domestic relations, divorce and child support, child custody law, adoption law, juvenile, probate practice, wills.

Alison Baxter Herlihy earned the prestigious AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes attorneys for the highest levels of legal ability and professional ethical standards. Alison is a certified Guardian Ad Litem. In 2015, Alison became a Registered Mediator on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster, in both general and domestic relations mediation.

Alison attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School, where she earned a National Merit Scholarship that led her to the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, Alison studied in the prestigious Plan II Honors Program.  Alison also received the Hibb award in American Studies and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.  She graduated from UT in December 2001, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Plan II Honors and American Studies.

Between graduating college early and enrolling in the University of Alabama School of Law, Alison worked at Penelope House Family Violence Center in Mobile as a Prevention Education Specialist.  Her duties included presenting programs on dating and family violence to K-12 students and a variety of community organizations.

Alison attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law from 2002 to 2005.  During law school, Alison was a student editor at the Journal of the Legal Profession, authoring the article “Ethical Issues and Child Custody.” Alison received the Best Paper award for Wills and Decedent’s Estates in the Fall of 2003.  She was a member of the Public Interest Student Board and worked in the Civil Legal Clinic, providing legal services to indigent clients.

Alison earned her J.D. degree in May 2005 and was admitted to the Alabama Bar in September 2005.  She was later admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2007.

In addition to serving the community as a family law attorney, Alison has continued to be an active member of the bar as well as the community as a whole. She has served on the executive committee of the Mobile Bar Association, acting as assistant treasurer in 2009 and treasurer in 2010. Alison has assisted in coordinating the popular Family Law Stars seminar for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and previously served as chair of the Juvenile committee. Alison has served as an Instructor, both in the Paralegal Certificate Program and of various law-related Special Courses, at the University of South Alabama since 2012.

Alison is a certified Guardian Ad Litem and has been a Registered Divorce/Domestic Relations Mediator since 2015. She serves on the Mentoring Committee and the Grievance Committee for the Mobile Bar Association.

In the community at large, Alison previously served on the board of directors of The Family Center, which provides supervised visitation services, monitored exchanges, and parenting classes, with the goal of preventing child abuse. She served on the Family Center’s board from 2006 to 2010, acting as Vice President from 2008 to 2009. She has also been active in the Girls’ Leadership Program at the Strickland Youth Center since the program’s inception. Alison has served on the board of the Mobile Arts Council from 2007 to 2015, where she previously acted as board President, and chair of the member relations committee and the education committee. She currently serves on the board of McKemie Place, the only overnight shelter for single, homeless women in Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties. Alison is on the management team for the Junior League of Mobile, currently serving as the Governance Director-Elect. She serves on the board of Girls on the Run, is a Yoga Instructor at the Moorer YMCA, and is a graduate of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Mobile.

In 2015 and 2016, Alison was awarded a “Nappie” Award by Lagniappe Weekly as the readers’ choice for Best Divorce Lawyer.

In her free time, Alison enjoys cooking, spending time with family, travel, and Alabama football.