Alan Bryan is Senior Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he leads Legal Operations & Outside Counsel Management, overseeing operations, processes, and the relationship with all company law firms. Mr. Bryan previously managed litigation for Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across the United States. Before joining Walmart in 2011, he was a litigation partner with Arkansas’s then-largest law firm.
Bryan is both a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, limited to approximately 1,400 attorneys worldwide, and an elected Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He serves on the board of DirectWomen, and is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, where he serves on the In-House Advisory Council. Mr. Bryan served on the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission, the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and is currently serving on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
In 2017, he was named a “Top Assistant General Counsel” by the First Chair Awards and nominated to the Legal 500 GC Powerlist’s Rising Stars. In February 2017, he received Ms. JD’s “The Incredible Men” Award, and in July 2016, he received the Lead by Example Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a male lawyer by the National Association of Women Lawyers, for his role as a leader and advocate for the advancement of women in the profession. He has been named to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s “Top Ten 30- Somethings” for In-House Counsel and is a past recipient of “40 Under Forty” recognition by the Arkansas Business Journal for his accomplishments in the legal profession.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law after serving as Managing Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He was a Phi Delta Theta International Graduate Fellow and a Pearson Fellow while in law school. Prior to law school, he graduated as a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar and Phi Delta Theta International Fellow from the University of Arkansas.