Allissa Pollard counsels domestic and foreign clients on a broad range of commercial disputes and compliance issues. Her practice spans numerous sectors, including energy and natural resources, chemicals, life sciences, software, and private equity, with extensive experience in Latin America.
Allissa handles commercial business disputes involving trade secrets, disputes arising out of mergers, acquisitions, and commercial contracts. She conducts corporate investigations — particularly those involving FCPA and criminal antitrust matters — and oversees internal investigations in numerous countries, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, and Spain. As part of her practice, Allissa also advises companies on the implementation and enhancement of their compliance policies and programs and handles international arbitration matters.
A significant amount of Allissa's time is devoted to pro bono work, focusing on immigration, children, and civil rights. Her work has included teaching, advocating for policy change, and direct representation. Allissa also represents clients in immigration proceedings. She has obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for undocumented children who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned and has obtained Legal Permanent Residence for domestic violence survivors. In her civil rights work, Allissa has represented inmates in lawsuits against Texas prison officials. She has also developed a curriculum and taught a legal clinic at Houston's Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth.
- Defending an exploration and production company against theft of trade secrets allegations in an ongoing lawsuit.
- Representing a Chilean natural resources company in litigation involving allegations of theft of trade secrets and violation of commercial agreements in Texas state and federal courts.
- Representing a plastic reclamation company in litigation against a competitor for defamation, tortious interference, and Lanham Act violations.
- Defended two software companies against theft of trade secrets allegations, obtaining dismissal of all claims.
- Represented an energy sector client in a US$100 million ICC arbitration arising out of a methanol plant project.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction, and ultimately a successful settlement, for a software company against a former employee who left to work for a competitor in violation of the employee's covenant not to compete and confidentiality agreement.
- Represented the U.S. subsidiary of a Mexican natural resources company in litigation involving violations of non-compete obligations contained in purchase and sale agreement.
- Trial counsel for pro bono client in one of the first completely "virtual" trials held in Harris County, Texas state court during 2020 COVID-19 pandemic court closures, securing final judgment in favor of client.
- Defended a technology startup against theft of trade secrets allegations.
- Represented an international EPC contractor in ICDR arbitration relating to the construction of a U.S. chemical plant. Obtained a substantial award for the contractor, together with interest, fees and costs.
- Defended a New York Stock Exchange listed packaged ice manufacturer in securities and shareholder derivative litigation, obtaining dismissal of the derivative action.
- Represented a global accounting firm in putative class action securities litigation and other litigation in connection with alleged Ponzi scheme.
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008
- B.A., Trinity University, 2005, cum laude
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- Board Member, Texas Appleseed (2021-present)
- Member, Houston Bar Association