Abigail P. van Alstyne

A graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law, Attorney Abigail P. van Alstyne has been a member of the Alabama State Bar Association for more than 35 years, and has been active in community affairs related to children, environmental issues, and equal justice. Abigail’s background as a civil rights activist in Mississippi during the 1960s led her to become a lawyer. She 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. Abigail has spent the last few decades representing nurses, restaurant servers, and industrial workers in Title VII and Fair Labor Standards Act cases.

Abigail currently represents coal miners and their survivors fighting for black lung benefits, as well as employees with workers’ compensation and wage and hour claims. She also handles cases involving discrimination, retaliation, and other civil rights matters.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law — J.D. (1980)
  • Wellesley College — B.A. (1971)

Admissions & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyer for the Birmingham Bar Association
  • Public Service Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Women Lawyers Section