Allison Martin Rhodes is the firm’s Deputy General Counsel and is based in the firm's San Francisco office. 

Areas of Practice

Allison specializes in legal ethics and risk management. She serves as counselor to the firm’s attorneys on an array of matters including client and matter intake, engagement and disengagement issues, policy development and enforcement, conflicts of interest, internal investigations, the firm’s contracts with vendors and consultants, the firm’s partnership agreement, subpoena compliance, lateral partner intake and integration, insurance renewals, and the defense and coordination of claims and arbitrations. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Allison was a partner in an AmLaw 50 Firm where her practice was exclusively the representation of lawyers, law firms, legal departments and alternative legal service providers.

Allison is a frequent speaker and writer. She is the co-author with Professor Robert Hillman on the industry-leading treatise, Hillman on Lawyer Mobility: The Law and Ethics of Partner Withdrawals and Law Firm Breakups. Alison has been a longtime member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and served as the organization's president from 2018 to 2019. She is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. 

Early in her career, Allison was a deputy district attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Prior to law school, Allison was a child protective service worker.



Lawyer of the Year – Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Best Lawyers, 2021

The Best Lawyers in America guide, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2017-2024

Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2013



  • One Afternoon, Three Credits: Fast-Track Your MCLE Completion, Sheppard Mullin, 333 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1422, United States, 01.25.2024



Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), President, 2018-2019

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), Board of Directors, 2010-2012, 2014-2017

Oregon Women Lawyers

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association

Hispanic National Bar Association

Randall Children's Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2006-2013

St. Mary's Academy Mock Trial Team, Coach, 2012-2013



J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1999, cum laude

B.A., Lewis & Clark College, 1994


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


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