Abigail P. van Alstyne

Abigail P. van Alstyne

Abby van Alstyne, a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law, has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 1980, and is admitted to the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, all federal District Courts in Alabama, and the United States Supreme Court. Her background as a civil rights activist in Mississippi during the 1960’s led her to become a lawyer. Ms. van Alstyne worked for the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate John L. Carroll before moving to Birmingham where she represented nurses, restaurant servers, and industrial workers in Title VII and Fair Labor Standards Act cases for several years.

Currently, Ms. van Alstyne represents miners and their survivors fighting for Black Lung benefits as well as employees with workers’ compensation, disability, and wage and hour claims. She also handles cases involving discrimination, retaliation, and other civil rights matters.

Ms. van Alstyne has been a member of several local and state Bar committees, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and numerous community service organizations. She is also a volunteer mediator in Jefferson County District Court. She is co-author of a Consumer Law Practice Manual and wrote a guide to the evaluation of Social Security disability claims.

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