- University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- J.D. – 2020
- Washington International Law Journal, Senior Editor
- University of Washington, Bothell, Washington
- B.A. – 2013
- Cum Laude
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Alyssa Nevala is an attorney who embodies all the attributes survivors of sexual abuse and workplace sexual harassment need on their side when seeking justice—intelligence, empathy, experience, tenacity and dedication. She brings a spirit that inspires confidence in her clients and serves as a trustworthy advocate capable of rising to whatever challenge is presented.
Alyssa is involved in childhood sexual assault cases primarily related to crimes committed decades ago and covered up by the Catholic Church and others entrusted with children. Her work at PCVA also includes representing adult survivors of sexual assault and holding the institutions and perpetrators accountable for the abuse and trauma inflicted on her clients.
Alyssa also handles workplace sexual harassment cases and understands the myriad ways sexual harassment can manifest and infect a work environment, often creating feelings of anger, fear, shame, guilt, stress and anxiety, among other harmful impacts on individuals. She recognizes each workplace carries a unique dynamic and requires an informed approach.
Building her clients’ trust is critical to Alyssa’s work on these sensitive matters. She understands that the effects of abuse on a survivor do not go away. Many suffer life-long wounds and struggle with deep-seated feelings of mistrust. Recognizing that these feelings are not easy to talk about or resolve, Alyssa gets to know and understand her clients holistically as she works to earn the right to be trusted. Through careful and respectful listening, Alyssa’s approach breaks down debilitating barriers, such as being skeptical or fearful of the legal process, eventually gaining the trust needed to win the justice her clients deserve.
Beyond her role at PCVA, Alyssa is Chair of the New Lawyers Division Board of Trustees of the King County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Women Lawyers, Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and the Trial Lawyers College.
Alyssa grew up speaking Finnish—her mother was from Finland—and is the first lawyer in her family. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys figure skating and yoga.
- King County Bar Association, New Lawyers Division, Chair
- Washington State Association for Justice
- Washington Women Lawyers
- Washington Employment Lawyers Association
- Trial Lawyers College