Alan Bryan is Senior Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he leads the Office of Outside Counsel Management and Legal Operations, overseeing certain internal operations and processes, as well as the relationship with all company law firms throughout the United States. Mr. Bryan previously managed litigation at the Fortune 1 company for many of its 5,200 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs. Before joining Walmart in 2011, he was a litigation partner with Arkansas’s then-largest law firm.
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), which limits international membership to approximately 1400 attorneys, initiated Mr. Bryan into membership in 2013. He is a member of FDCC’s Diversity, Corporate Counsel, Premises & Security Liability, and Trial Tactics, Practice, & Procedure Committees. He has served as Program Co-Chair and overall Co-Chair for FDCC’s Corporate Counsel Symposium. He is likewise an elected Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, limited to 3,500 attorneys in the country.
In 2014, Mr. Bryan and two colleagues, Gretchen Bellamy and Gonzalo Smith, created a diversity initiative aimed at improving diversity for the legal profession in Latin America. In October 2014, they helped Walmart announce a development program for underrepresented members of the Chilean legal community which was a direct result of these efforts. The pilot program won Walmart’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Award.
Mr. Bryan serves on the Buying Legal Counsel-Americas board of directors. He is also a board member of DirectWomen, a national non-profit organization that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. He serves on its Strategic Planning, Steering, International, and Development Committees. He additionally supports the 30% Coalition through his work on its Chief Legal Officer initiative.
Mr. Bryan served on the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission. Created by ABA President Paulette Brown, the Commission formulated methods, policy, standards, and practices to best advance Goal III of the ABA. The Commission reviewed and analyzed diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system, and the ABA, with a goal of developing sustainable action plans. Practical tools were produced that will help move the needle on diversity and inclusion in an impactful way, including through a Model Diversity Survey developed by its Economic Case Working Group. Bryan served as Co-Chair of the 360 Commission’s Economic Working Group. Continuing the 360 Commission’s mission, Mr. Bryan served a year as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee to the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Through this work, he led an effort that saw dozens of Fortune 500 companies agree to use the ABA’s Model Diversity Survey. He currently serves on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Mr. Bryan is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) and has served on its Annual Meeting and GCI Committees, as well as participating in its mentorship program. He was a founder of the NAWL Challenge Club, designed to help meet the NAWL Challenge and increase to at least 30% the number of women equity partners in our nation’s law firms. Mr. Bryan is an active participant in the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”) where he serves on the NAMWOLF In-House Advisory Council, as a NAMWOLF Practice Area Committee liaison, and as a mentor in its Emerging Leaders Program. He also serves as his company’s representative in the Inclusion Initiative, a collaborative effort of companies committed to an immediate and measurable increase in the retention and utilization of minority and women owned law firms by America’s corporations.
Mr. Bryan is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator for his company, bar organizations, and affinity groups. The Association of Corporate Counsel, a global legal association representing more than 35,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations, named him one of its In-House "Top Ten 30-Somethings." In 2015, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Mr. Bryan one of its “40 Under Forty,” an annual honor for individuals under the age of 40 nominated as best in class by their peers in all industries. 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. In March 2017, he received Ms. JD’s “The Incredible Men” (TIM) Award given to a male lawyer in the U.S. who is an active champion for women’s advancement in the legal profession, and who not only values equality and diversity in the profession, but earnestly and enthusiastically supports women and women’s initiatives. In August 2017, he received a First Chair Award for Top Assistant General Counsel.
He served in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, as an officer of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, as a committee member for the Defense Research Institute, and as a barrister of both the W.B. Putman and William Overton Inns of Court. Mr. Bryan participates in Walmart’s Medical-Legal Pro Bono Partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is a past United States District Court pro bono attorney.
Mr. Bryan graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law after serving as Managing Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He now serves as an adjunct professor for the law school. He was a Phi Delta Theta International Graduate Fellow and a Charles 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.