Born in New York City, in 1964, Alan grew up in New York and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986. After receiving law degree from California Western School of Law and being admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1990, Alan joined the firm and has concentrated his practice in developing and expanding the Professional Ethics and License Defense section of the firm. His principle area of practice involves representing lawyers, doctors, accountants, realtors and other licensed professionals in administrative disciplinary proceedings before their respective licensing boards. He also provides confidential advisory opinions on ethics issues and preventative risk-management consultations, and he represents applicants before the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners on character and fitness issues.
Alan is the former Chair of the Ethics Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and currently serves on the North Carolina Advocate for Justice’s Ethics Committee, which monitors proposed ethics opinions issued by the State Bar’s Ethics Committee and serves as a sounding board for Academy members facing ethical questions. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, which is an independent national organization consisting of lawyers concentrating in the fields of professional responsibility, legal ethics and defense of attorneys in disciplinary matters. In November of 2007, Alan was selected to serve on the North Carolina State Bar’s Disciplinary Guidelines Committee, which Committee was formed to review and study the disciplinary guidelines governing disciplinary cases.
Alan has spoken and written on topics involving legal ethics, professional responsibility and defending lawyers in disciplinary proceedings. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009-2014 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Administrative law and has received an “AV” rating, the highest rating awarded by Martindale Hubbell National Law Directory.
Alan is married to Anna Lamm Schneider and they have three beautiful children, Megan, Mitchell and Matthew.