As an associate attorney in the firm’s St. Paul office, Alissa Harrington uses her practical experience in state government to inform her work with local governments throughout Greater Minnesota on a broad range of issues, including general representation, contracts, ordinances, litigation, code enforcement, administrative hearings, and labor and employment, particularly fire relief associations.
Prior to joining Flaherty & Hood in 2019, Alissa spent over a decade working in all three branches of the State of Minnesota. Her experience includes work in constituent services at the Minnesota House of Representatives, as a policy analyst at the Department of Human Services, and as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Koch. Her experience means she knows what it is like to be on the front lines of government, handling a difficult call from a concerned constituent or drafting a policy to balance the needs of diverse stakeholders.
Alissa uses her hands-on knowledge of government processes to help clients navigate grant processes, permit applications, contracts, and other administrative processes. She enjoys looking for creative solutions to client problems and working collaboratively to provide a wide range of options and strategies, including negotiation, litigation, administrative, and legislative solutions.
Alissa graduated summa cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2017 and was a recipient of the Student Award of Merit and the MIPLA Student of the Year prize. During law school, she was the editor-in-chief of Cybaris An Intellectual Property Law Review, a Mitchell Fellow, an SSG Leader for Contracts and Civil Procedures, a research assistant, and a competitor in both the Saul Lefkowitz and Rosalie Wahl moot courts. She received the CALI award for Torts, Contracts, Copyright Law, and Religion and the First Amendment.
Alissa is a proud Minnesotan who vigorously defends “Grey Duck” and “Hotdish,” and currently lives in St. Paul with her husband and two dogs. She is active as a peer mentor in TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and an advocate for veteran/military suicide awareness. Alissa enjoys Pilates, singing/playing flute in church, professional wrestling, and knitting.