Alicia Shelton

Alicia Shelton, Committee Member, 2019-2022

Alicia Shelton, Committee Member, 2019-2022

Biography

Alicia Shelton is a litigator with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.  She represents individuals and corporations in complex civil disputes, class action litigation, and white collar criminal defense.  Alicia’s practice focuses on representing companies, executives, and individuals in issues related to the False Claims Act, federal health care fraud statutes, and the federal anti-kickback statute.  She also represents lawyers and law firms in legal malpractice claims and professional liability issues.

Her legal career also included a clerkship with Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia in the Court of Appeals for Maryland and internships with the Maryland WBA Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and Hon. Susan K. Gauvey’s office in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Alicia has been an active member of the ABA since graduating law school and served as the Co-chair of the YLD Litigation Committee for 2017-2018.  She is a member of the Maryland Federal Bar Association, Bench and Bar Liaison Committee and served on the Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, Executive Committee from 2016-2018. 

Prior to law school, Alicia owned a restaurant and bar in Long Beach, California, and worked as business development director for a prosthetics and orthotics manufacturer.

Statement

I learned about the work of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals from its Chair, Christopher Jennison.  Chris’s passion and enthusiasm for the work of the committee is infectious and after hearing from Chris, I knew that I would like to contribute to the important work of the committee.

I believe that paralegals play an integral role in litigation with continually evolving skill sets, especially in the area of electronic discovery.  I have been fortunate to work with several highly qualified paralegals in complex civil trials; I am appreciative of the important role they played at trial and the critical work that they did preparing for trial. 

Prior to learning about the work of the Standing Committee, I did not know that the ABA takes such an active role in paralegal education program approval. I think that the ABA has an important role to fill in national consistency in paralegal education programs and technological advancements in the profession.