Alison Adelman is an associate on the firm’s litigation team, representing individuals and businesses in employment, business, and personal injury matters.

After graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law and prior to joining Schwartz Semerdjian, Alison practiced civil litigation with her father, Marc Adelman, a former San Diego County and California State Bar President. 

During law school, Alison was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, an Executive Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal, and a member of the Appellate Moot Court Associate Board.

Alison earned her undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Connecticut, where she was a pitcher on the UConn Huskies Division 1 softball team and named to the NCAA and Big East Conference All-Academic teams each year. Born and raised in San Diego, Ali enjoys the beach, playing softball, and spending time with her family and dog.


  • University of Connecticut (B.S. Business, cum laude, 2012)
  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2015)


  • American Bar Association
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

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Schwartz Semerdjian associate Alison Adelman and her article, "The Civil Cure to COVID-19," are featured in the September 2020 issue of the San Diego County Bar Association's Publication for New Lawyers, For The Record. The piece highlights how COVID-19 has changed the practice of law, and left so many lawyers to shift strategies on a daily basis. It's a great piece to showcase how so many industries have been impacted. Nice job, Ali!


Schwartz Semerdjian recently added an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) win to its portfolio with a client in Hillcrest. Residents in the area for more than 40 years, were sued by a developer when they reported disregard of appropriate permitting practices for a neighboring property. The developer sued them for losses after the property failed to sell, and they retained SSCM attorneys Dick Semerdjian, Mark Bale and Alison Adelman because the clients believed the lawsuit was a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” an impermissible attempt to chill their free speech and petition.

After extensive briefing and oral argument, the Court granted the anti-SLAPP motion, and the victory will result in the dismissal of five causes of action against firm’s clients, to their great relief and the reimbursement of the attorney’s fees and costs they spent relative to hiring the firm to defend them. For more information concerning the California anti-SLAPP statute, contact us at (619) 236-8821.


This week, Schwartz Semerdjian associates Owen Praskievicz and Alison Adelman are participating in the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition. This year, participation is expected to include over 500 students in San Diego County and over 8,000 students statewide. The trial is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray each of the principals in the array of courtroom participants. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system.