Alison Watson

Immediate Past Chancellor

Partner
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Alison Watson represents insurance and banking clients in federal relations, public policy and regulatory strategy from Washington, D.C. She knows the ins and outs of the nation’s Capital, having worked on the Hill, for industry, and trade associations since 1994 — first in banking, then since 2008 in the insurance industry.

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Alison was director of federal relations in Northwestern Mutual’s Washington, DC office. Prior to her eight years at Northwestern Mutual, she managed the government and industry relations office in DC and served as legislative counsel for Washington Mutual Inc. Other experience includes serving as senior legislative counsel with the American Bankers Association, advocating on behalf of small, regional and large banks.

Alison worked on Capitol Hill for six years on the staff of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services where she focused on comprehensive financial services modernization legislation. Her career began as a bank regulator for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Alison earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Alabama and her J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.