About

Alison Baxter Herlihy, Attorney

Family law attorney Alison Herlihy is a native of Mobile, Alabama. 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, and 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 as well as chair of the Domestic Relations section in 2019. 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.  She has served as chair for the Domestic Relations Section of the Mobile Bar in 2019 and 2020. Alison has also served as an Instructor, both in the Paralegal Certificate Program and of various law-related Special Courses, at the University of South Alabama for several years, beginning in 2012.

Alison is a certified Guardian Ad Litem and has been a Registered Divorce/Domestic Relations Mediator since 2015. She presently 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 is a Yoga Instructor at the Moorer YMCA and Wandering Yogis – Mobile, and is a graduate of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Mobile.

In 2015, 2016, and 2019, Alison was awarded a “Nappie” Award by Lagniappe Weekly as the readers’ choice for Best Divorce Lawyer.  Alison was also a part of Mobile Bay Monthly’s 40 Under 40 class of 2019, for up and coming young professionals in our community.

In her free time, Alison enjoys cooking and entertaining, spending time with family, travel, and practicing and teaching yoga.

Walter Gewin, Attorney

Attorney Walter Gewin is a native of Mobile, Alabama. After graduation from law school, Walter clerked for Circuit Court Judge John Lockett before pursuing a career in the private practice of law. Initially, practicing a wide variety of law; Walter’s practice has become more focused on family law, including juvenile, probate, and domestic relations matters. Walter also currently serves as a certified Guardian Ad Litem in Dependency, Delinquency, and Domestic Relations matters. 

Walter graduated from UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama where he graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in General Business. Walter attended law school at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law from 2010 to 2013. While in law school, Walter interned for a Plaintiff’s firm in Mobile in the summers during law school, participated in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and completed an externship with the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Walter earned his J.D. degree from Cumberland in May 2013 and was admitted to the Alabama bar in September 2013.

Additionally, Walter is active in in the community and currently serves on the service council at St. Ignatius Church in Mobile. In 2018 and 2019, Walter was among finalists for the “Nappie” award by Lagniappe Weekly as the readers’ choice for Best Criminal Attorney. When not in court or working, Walter enjoys being by the water, spending time with his family, and traveling.

 

Heather Dennis, Legal Assistant

Heather Dennis is a native to Mobile, Alabama. She attended Murphy High School where she spent all four years on Color Gaurd as part of the Mighty Marching Panther Band. She also performed on the Murphy High School Winter Guard team all four years. Heather graduated with Honors from Murphy in 2012 and went on to study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Originally a Chemistry Major, Heather switched to English and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in English Literature and a Minor in Sociology. Heather enjoys rock climbing, travel, food (Pho and Curry are her favorites), and tattoos.