Alison (Ali) M. Kilmartin serves as senior counsel and director of the attorney network with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Allied Legal Affairs Team. Kilmartin recruits, engages with, and strategically deploys the over 4,400 attorneys aligned with ADF’s mission to protect and promote life, religious liberty, free speech, marriage and family, and parental rights. Attorneys in ADF’s network have played important roles in hundreds of precedent-setting matters and 60 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, including serving as lead or co-counsel alongside ADF staff attorneys in 12 Supreme Court cases.
From 2018 to 2021, Kilmartin was a senior executive service appointee in the Trump administration, serving the U.S. Department of Labor as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Secretary, and then as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy. She also had a detail to the Executive Office of the President at the White House. Prior to joining Labor, Kilmartin was a trial and appellate litigator for just under a decade, including in the U.S. Supreme Court on several occasions. In 2014, Kilmartin successfully represented a number of Catholic entities challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, which ultimately resulted in the win in Zubik v. Burwell.
Kilmartin earned her J.D. summa cum laude and was first in her class at Penn State Law. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and several federal district and appellate courts.