Allison Anderman

Managing Attorney, Giffords Law Center

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Allison Anderman became the managing attorney of Giffords Law Center in 2017, after joining the organization as a staff attorney in 2014. One of her primary focuses is partnering with cities and counties around the country to improve local gun laws. Allison also writes Gifford Law Center’s roundup of state firearm legislation, Gun Law Trendwatch.

A leading expert on firearms policy and legislation, Allison frequently speaks at conferences and events around the country and has analyzed and debated gun laws on CNN, HuffPost Live, and other news programs. Allison’s radio appearances include national NPR, KQED in San Francisco, KCRW in Los Angeles, and many other stations. She has been quoted extensively in the press, including by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and many others.

Prior to joining Giffords Law Center, Allison defended low-income individuals sued by debt collectors at two San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations. She also practiced employment law at a Marin County firm. Allison served as an extern to Northern District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel and as a research attorney to Alameda Superior Court Judge Gail Brewster Bereola.

Allison attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the USF Law Review. She holds a BA, awarded with distinction, from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where she graduated cum laude with research honors.