Allyson N. Ho represents clients in high-stakes litigation in US state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide, including the US Supreme Court, where she has argued as lead counsel. Co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice, Allyson has litigated cases in every federal court of appeals and in the highest courts of multiple states. She has won cases for Fortune 500 companies, represented former high-ranking US and foreign government officials in federal court, and counseled US senators and presidential candidates. In 2014, Allyson was the only female attorney in private practice to argue more than one case at the US Supreme Court—arguing two cases within 21 days.
Recognized by a number of publications as a leading appellate litigator, Allyson handles complex cases involving arbitration, constitutional issues, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), antitrust, punitive damages, class actions, and labor and employment matters. Acknowledged as one of the top appellate lawyers in the country, Allyson was named a 2015 Appellate MVP by Law360. Chambers characterized Allyson as “a superstar young appellate lawyer,” and the National Law Journal named her in its 2010 Appellate Hot List. Recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of the top 20 “winning women” litigators in Texas, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2015), she also represents clients in government investigations and adversarial proceedings.
Allyson has a distinguished record of high-level government service. She served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to a US Attorney General, overseeing the Justice Department’s homeland security and immigration enforcement efforts. She clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. A constitutional lawyer, Texas litigator, and member of the Texas Judicial Council, Allyson regularly advises the Texas Supreme Court and other members of the state judiciary. Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the council in 2008 and reappointed her in 2013.
With both an M.A. and Ph.D. in English, Allyson writes extensively for such publications as The New York Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, and the ABA’s Litigation. She speaks at venues across the United States, including the Washington Legal Foundation Briefing Series, where she delivered a speech titled “The US Supreme Court: Previewing the October 2014 Term.” She has also presentedat programs sponsored by the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the State Bar of Texas, the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Allyson chairs the Dallas office Pro Bono Committee.
Duke University, 1988, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Rice University, 1994, M.A.
Rice University, 1994, Ph.D.
University of Chicago Law School, 2000, J.D., With High Honors
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
Clerkship to Judge Jacques Wiener of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Clerkship to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, Benchmark Litigation Star (2017)
Listed, "Women Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers (2016)
Winner, National Law Journal’s 2015 Appellate Hot List
Law360 Appellate MVP (2015)
Winner, Texas Lawyer’s 2015 Texas Litigation Department of the Year for Labor and Employment
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2016)
Noted in The US Legal 500 for Supreme Court and Appellate (2014–2016)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2015–2017)
Finalist, Texas Lawyer's Attorney of the Year (2015)
Honoree, Dallas Business Journal's Women in Business Awards (2014)
Recognized, Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women" List (2011)
Listed, "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly and Law & Politics (2011–2013)
Listed, National Law Journal's 2010 Appellate Hot List
Member, American Law Institute
Texas Judicial Council Member (appointed by Governor Rick Perry in May 2008, reappointed November 2013)
Chairman Elect, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council, State Bar of Texas
Executive Committee Member, Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group
Editorial Board Member, The Advocate (published by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas)