Alison H. Sausaman dreamt of becoming a lawyer ever since watching her first Matlock episode as a Kindergartener. She began her journey by enrolling in Florida State University where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science with honors in Political Science. Alison wrote an honors thesis entitled “The Effects of Gender, Religiosity, and Partianship on Support for the Supreme Court’s Decision in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007)” after conducting a statistical analysis of public opinion for certain Supreme Court decisions. Alison attended Florida State University Law after being awarded the Ladd scholarship.
In 2012, she spent the summer studying law abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, United Kingdom. She later turned her Matlock dream into reality by graduating from the Florida State University College of Law (May, 2014). During law school, she was the 2014 Recipient of the Dean’s Cup Award and the 2014 Recipient of the Seminole Student Leader Award.
Ms. Sausaman was the General Counsel of the Florida State University Supreme Court, served as the Business Relations Editor of Business Review, a student member of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, and a Senior Member of the Law Review. Her article titled, “Saved by the Bell? Is Online, Off-Campus Student Speech Protected by the First Amendment?” was published in the Fall 2013 Florida State University Law Review.
As an associate at Marks Gray, P.A., she practices in the areas of land use, medical liability, employment law, civil rights, and municipal liability. She also serves as the Programming Director for monthly attorney luncheons where she researches and presents informative presentations to help the firm with continuing education endeavors.
Ms. Sausaman is a member of the Florida Bar, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Jacksonville Bar Association, where she serves as the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and Associate Member of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court. In her time outside of work she serves on the Board of Directors for Jacksonville based non-profit Angels for Allison which helps families deal with the loss of a child. She is the 2016 recipient of the Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award. The Michael K. Reese Award is bestowed upon the person and/or entity that, through humanitarian respect, advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. For purposes of the Award, “quality of life” is defined as finding equilibrium between work, family, and community involvement to maximize good health and minimize stress in one’s career.
Prior to joining Marks Gray, Sausaman was a law clerk with the Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic and the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut in Tallahassee, Florida.