Alejandra Ávila represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Her practice includes presenting oral arguments in federal and state courts, drafting merits and amicus briefs, and representing clients in depositions, discovery, trial, and administrative proceedings. Ms. Ávila also maintains an active pro bono practice at the firm, and has provided pro bono representation to indigent criminal defendants, individuals facing eviction, asylum seekers, and domestic abuse survivors.
Ms. Ávila rejoined the firm as of counsel in 2024 following her clerkship with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Supreme Court. Previously, Ms. Ávila was an associate at Kellogg Hansen, where her practice focused on appellate and complex commercial litigation.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Ávila was a civil rights attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In that role, she successfully represented individuals and organizations in a variety of civil rights cases and litigated issues of first impression in a wide range of matters, including voting rights and education law. Ms. Ávila began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Mary H. Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Micaela Alvarez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and was presented with the Rising Star Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 2021.
When the Batterer Wears a Badge: Regulating Officer-Involved Domestic Violence as a Line-of-Duty Crime, 42 Am. J. Crim. L. 213, 213-39 (2015)
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2014
- Editorial Board, Texas Environmental Law Journal
Texas A&M International University, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 2011
Law Clerk, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court, 2022-2023
Law Clerk, Judge Mary H. Murguia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2019-2020
Law Clerk, Judge Micaela Alvarez, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2014-2015
Awards & Achievements
Rising Star Award - Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia – 2021