Admissions

  • California

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Witkin Award
  • Cali Award

Columbia University, B.A.

Honors & Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • 2016-2019 Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star

Alison E. Cordova is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, practicing in a wide range of civil litigation areas including class actions, personal injury, wrongful death, and consumer fraud. Ms. Cordova received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she graduated cum laude. Prior to law school, Ms. Cordova received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Columbia University.

Before becoming a partner at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy, LLP, Alison ran the San Francisco office of a consumer rights law firm based out of Arizona, where she defended hundreds of consumers against the unscrupulous and unlawful behavior of debt collectors.

Ms. Cordova is a Trial Lawyer who has proven her talents and acumen in several large, complex matters, including taking on Chevron, PG&E, PetSmart, Samsung, the United States of America, and now Boeing – just to name a few. After joining Cotchett, she has argued at the Ninth Circuit and won several cases, including a contract dispute in a legal malpractice case against a nationwide law firm on behalf of a Central California water district. She is a regular speaker with Consumer Attorneys of California, presenting on everything from PG&E Wildfires to Mass Torts to Evaluating Environmental Cases. She sits on the Board of the San Mateo County Women Lawyer’s Educational Foundation and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association and from time to time, teaches at Stanford Law School for their Trial Advocacy Workshops.

Ms. Cordova fights on behalf of the victims of the North Bay Wild Fires to prosecute claims against PG&E for their mismanagement of electrical operations leading to 43 deaths, 100,000 people displaced, over 245,000 acres burned and more than 14,700 homes and structures destroyed.  In Re: California North Bay Fire Cases, JCCP Action No. 4955.

Ms. Cordova presented her oral argument in front of the Ninth Circuit in Steinle, et al. v. United States of America, et al.

Alison Cordova is part of a leadership team that is taking on PG&E for their role in the Butte fires which occurred in September 2015.That fire burned for 22 days, destroying 549 homes and charring 70,868 acres. 

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Professional Affiliations

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member)

2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Board of Directions

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

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