Alan Bryan currently leads the Office of Outside Counsel Management for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., overseeing the relationship with all company law firms throughout the United States. His office measures the company’s outside counsel through performance, cost-saving, and diversity metrics. He also serves as a liaison to a number of legal department strategic partners, affinity groups, and diverse bar organizations across the country.
Prior to managing the company’s outside counsel, Mr. Bryan managed litigation for the nation’s largest retailer in many of its approximately 5,000 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across the United States. Before joining Walmart in 2011, he was a partner with Arkansas’s largest law firm and focused his practice on litigation of insurance defense, medical malpractice, trucking/transportation, and complex/toxic tort matters.
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), which limits international membership to approximately 1400 attorneys worldwide after nomination and a rigorous vetting process, initiated Mr. Bryan into membership in 2013. He is a member of FDCC’s Diversity Committee, Corporate Counsel Committee, Premises & Security Liability Committee, and Trial Tactics, Practice, & Procedure Committee. In 2015, he will serve as Program Co-Chair for FDCC’s Corporate Counsel Symposium.
He is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) and has served on its Sponsorship Committee. He was one of the founders 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”). He serves on the NAMWOLF In-House Advisory Board and as an inaugural mentor in its Emerging Leaders Program. He has also served as one of his company’s representatives 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 largest corporations.
Mr. Bryan is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator for his company, diverse 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 "Top Ten 30-Somethings" among all in-house counsel in the nation. In 2015, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Mr. Bryan one of its “40 Under Forty,” an annual honor for 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are nominated as best in class by their peers in all industries. In the past, he has 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 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.