Alison J. Russell


Alison J. Russell is a dedicated attorney with a client-driven practice focused on mass torts, chemical exposure, toxic torts, and other catastrophic injury cases. Her tireless work ethic has led her to successfully represent clients who have been injured following exposure to contaminants in the environment or after using dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other products.

Alison prides herself on connecting with clients and forming close and trusting relationships with them. These relationships form the solid foundation on which she will advocate to a successful resolution.

Prior to joining SMB, Alison was an associate at a leading regional defense firm where she concentrated on medical malpractice actions and general litigation matters.  Additionally, she practiced in the plaintiff’s personal injury group where she successfully litigated product liability, premises liability, and motor vehicle cases.  Alison has extensive experience in all aspects of litigating a case.

Alison is very active in the Philadelphia legal community.  She served as the Medical-Legal Liaison of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) and is a member of the PBA Youth Courts Committee.  Youth Courts are student-run disciplinary courts that provide restorative punishments as an alternative to suspension for minor school infractions.  Additionally, she is a prior Board Member of the Young Professionals Advisory Board of the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing, and programs to chronically homeless men and women in Philadelphia.

Alison is a 2011 honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 2015 honors graduate of Villanova University School of Law.  In law school, Alison was the production editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and a volunteer for both the ACLU and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.


  • Pennsylvania, 2015
  • New Jersey, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2015, cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2011, cum laude

Professional Organizations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice

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