Alison Furtaw

Position: Co-Partner-In-Charge | Detroit
Location: Detroit

Alison is the Co-Partner in charge of the Detroit office of Flannery | Georgalis and focuses her practice on complex criminal, regulatory, and civil matters.  As a former Assistant United States Attorney and Michigan Assistant Attorney General, she has extensive experience handling matters at the federal, state, and local levels. Before her government service, Alison spent seven years in private practice running her own law firm.

During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, Alison extensively investigated and prosecuted numerous complex federal criminal violations. She first worked in the Flint office, where she successfully prosecuted a complex Computer Crimes case, and later transferred to the Healthcare Fraud Unit in Detroit. She has tried numerous federal cases including a recent trial prosecuting a Shelby Township doctor who was found guilty on all charges of a 20-count indictment related to his involvement in a $6.3 million illegal prescription opioid conspiracy.

Before her federal service, Alison joined the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in 2008, where she worked for more than 12 years handling a wide range of criminal cases. She created a position as a Cyber-Crime Specialist within the Attorney General’s Office and was embedded with the Michigan State Police Cyber Crime Unit where she prosecuted complicated computer crimes, including a nationwide computer-based Ponzi scheme involving a reality television personality. Alison was also part of the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Task Force and investigated and prosecuted sensitive matters involving clergy across the state. Throughout her tenure in the Attorney General’s Office, she handled many cases involving public corruption, embezzlement, and other financial crimes, including bribery by public officials, money laundering, and racketeering. A notable case involved the prescription drug program for the City of River Rouge, where she convicted the manager of the program for embezzlement racketeering, and tax evasion and a River Rouge city councilman for accepting a bribe in connection with the award of the contract.

While in private practice, Alison focused on criminal matters and developed a specialty in defending DUI and OWIL offenses. She also handled many post-conviction appeals for a wide array of criminal matters.


Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1995)
Oakland University (B.A., Communications, 1998)


Eastern District of Michigan

Government Service

Alison worked as an Assistant Attorney General from 2008-2020 handling a wide array of criminal cases. The notable assignments included the public corruption unit from 2008-2010, the computer crimes unit from 2010-2018, and the Catholic Priest Investigation Team from 2018-2020.

Most recently, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan assigned to the Health Care Fraud Unit where she handled several complex criminal cases as a successful five-week jury trial in 2023.

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Michigan
Irish American Bar Association


Alison teaches trial advocacy at Notre Dame Law School bi-yearly for the last three years. She taught trial advocacy at Detroit College of Law at MSU.

Community Service

Alison participates in community outreach with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and the society of St. Vincent Depaul.