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Kimberly Alderman is the owner of the Alderman Law Firm, a firm that serves in the areas of appeals, collections, and litigation. For appeals, both civil and criminal appellate services are offered, both directly to the public and to attorneys via subcontract. For collections, both pre- and post-judgment services are offered, in effect both contract and judgment enforcement. For litigation, limited services are offered to the public, but substantial work is done on a consulting basis for attorneys and firms with an appreciation for higher end contract work.

Kimberly was in the top of her class when she earned her law degree from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. She went on to serve as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of the US Virgin Islands. Following her clerkship, she was an associate attorney in a general practice law firm, representing clients in state and federal courts in a wide range of civil matters such as real estate disputes, personal injury cases, business litigation, civil rights cases, and contract disputes. She continued her professional journey by joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she taught appellate litigation and civil practice skills.

She serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the American Society of International Law’s Cultural Heritage and the Arts Group, the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and the Chair of the CLE Committee for the Wisconsin State Bar Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.

Kimberly has published extensively on property law and litigation in both academic journals and popular publications. She has appeared across the country to speak on the topic of cultural property law and has been interviewed by BBC, NPR, and The Art Newspaper. She is the author of The Freelance Lawyering Manual (2011) and The Cultural Property Law Blog.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%
    1 year



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Alderman Law Firm
Lower Highlands
Denver, CO, 80211

Alderman Law Firm
Madison, WI, 53701

Alderman Appeals
St. Thomas, VI



WIGood Standing201003/27/2015
NMAuthorized to practice law200905/17/2010
VIAuthorized to practice law200810/28/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Featured in ABA Perspectives articleAmerican Bar Association2009
Graduated Cum Laude (With Honors)Howard University School of Law2006
Departmental HonorsUniversity of Maryland at College Park Department of Art History & Archaeology2002
Graduated Cum Laude (With Honors)University of Maryland at College Park2002
National Merit Commended StudentNational Honor Society1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and Managing AttorneyAlderman Law Firm2008 - Present
Clinical Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin Law School2010 - 2012
AttorneyThe Alan Maestas Law Firm2008 - 2010
Judicial ClerkSuperior Court of the Virgin Islands2006 - 2008
Law ClerkCohen & Cohen, P.C.2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pro Bono Honor SocietyN/A2015 - Present
Wisconsin Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice InstitutePlanning Committee2014 - Present
Appellate Practice Committee | American Bar Association Section of LitigationMember2012 - Present
Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division | American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Appellate Practice Section | Wisconsin State BarMember2012 - Present
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, State Bar of WisconsinBoard Member and Chair of the CLE Working Group2011 - Present
Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (Member 2008-present, Education Committee 2010-present)Education Committee Member2010 - Present
Solo Practice UniversityLecturer2010 - Present
ABA Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee (Vice Chair 2011 to 2013)Steering Committee2010 - Present
Association of Research into Crimes Against ArtMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Virgin Islands Bar AssociationMember (Active)2007 - Present
American MensaMember2005 - Present
American Society of International Law's Cultural Heritage and the Arts GroupChair of the Executive Committee2011 - 2014
State Bar of New Mexico, Board of Editors (Member 2009-2011, Chair 2011-present)Chair2009 - 2011
American MensaVirgin Islands Area Coordinator and Proctor2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Eddie Lee AnthonyN/A
Bank of America v. MartinsonN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of WisconsinHow a Case Gets to the Wisconsin Supreme Court2015
Solo Practice UniversityForeclosure Defense Online Course2014
Wisconsin LawyerShould Trial Lawyers Handle Their Own Appeals?2014
Wisconsin LawyerExpedited Appeals in Wisconsin2014
Wisconsin LawyerFinal’ Doesn’t Always Mean Final: How to Appeal Mid-litigation2014
Wisconsin Law JournalWhat is a ‘final judgment or order’ for the purposes of appeal?2014
BookThe Civil Appeals Process in Wisconsin2014
Encyclopedia of Global ArchaeologyYale’s Repatriation of the Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru2014
Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal JusticeArt Crime2014
Mercer Law ReviewNational Treasure: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Laws Criminalizing Illicit Excavation and Exportation of Archaeological Objects2014
BookForeclosure Defense: Litigation Strategies and Appeals2013
Wisconsin Law JournalStandards of Review in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals2013
Wisconsin Law JournalDid You Lose Your Civil Case at Trial? Advising Your Client on the Deadline to Appeal2013
Virgin Islands Bar NewsletterShould Trial Lawyers Handle Their Own Appeals?2013
Wisconsin Law JournalCalculating Judgment Interest in the Wake of Wis. Act 692012
Indiana Law ReviewHonor Amongst Thieves: Organized Crime in the Illicit Antiquities Trade2012
Howard Law JournalThe Long Arm of the Law: Incarceration and the Ordinary Family2012
Cultural Heritage & Arts ReviewRubin v . The Islamic Republic of Iran: Satisfying U.S. Judgments Against Foreign Sovereigns by Seizing Museum Collections2012
ASIL Cultural Heritage and Arts ReviewYale Agrees to Return Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru: Ethics-Based Repatriation Efforts Gain Steam2011
BookThe Freelance Lawyering Manual: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the New Temporary Attorney Market2011
New Mexico LawyerThe Ultimate White Horse Job: An Interview with AG Gary King2011
Creighton Law ReviewThe Designation of West Bank Mosques as Israeli National Heritage Sites: Using the 1954 Hague Convention to Protect Against In Situ Cultural Appropriation2011
Michigan Journal of International LawThe Human Right to Cultural Property2011
New Mexico LawyerSupervising the Legal Writing of Junior Attorneys and Non-lawyer Employees2011
Solo Practice UniversityFreelance Lawyering Online Course2010
ASIL Cultural Heritage & Arts ReviewHigh Seas Shipwreck Pits Treasure Hunters Against a Sovereign Nation: The Black Swan Case2010
Virgin Islands Bar JournalLegal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the US Virgin Islands2010
Virgin Islands Bar JournalLegal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Private Property in the US Virgin Islands (Pending Publication)2010
Wisconsin Law JournalCalculating Judgment Interest in the Wake of Wis. Act 692010
Journal of Art CrimeThe Ethics of Context: Exploring Assumptions in Discussions about the Looting of Archaeological Sites2010
Wisconsin Law JournalPitfalls of Discussing IAC Claims with Trial Counsel2010
Wisconsin Law JournalProtecting Confidentiality in Ineffective Assistance Claims2010
Journal of Art CrimeThe Ethics of Context: Exploring Assumptions in Discussions about the Looting of Archaeological Sites,2010
ABA Law Practice MagazineReading Minds: Finding a New Framework (Contributor)2009
Idaho Law ReviewEthical Issues in Cultural Property Law Pertaining to Indigenous Peoples2009
Art and Cultural Heritage Law NewsletterThieves Take a Page Out of Rare Books and Manuscripts2009
Virgin Islands Bar JournalProtecting an Incompetent Defendant's Due Process Rights2009
Living Well with MontelGet on the Path to Happiness2009
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative LawThe Ethical Trade in Cultural Property: Ethics and Law in the Antiquity Auction Industry2008
Thurgood Marshall Law ReviewSlave Artists as Powerful Reality Creators: Taking Responsibility and Rejecting Race Consciousness2008
Virgin Islands Bar JournalDispositive Motions Deadlines in Superior Court Practice2008
N.M. LawyerSupervising the Legal Writing of Junior Attorneys and Non-Lawyer Employees2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Association for Research Into Crimes Against ArtInternational Art Crime StudiesMA - Masters2010
Howard University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Vermont Law SchoolExchange ProgramNo Degree2005
University of Maryland, College ParkArt History/ ArchaeologyOther - Bachelors2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Foreclosure, Short Sale, and Loan Modification Compliance Update 2014Foreclosure Litigation: Defense Strategies and Appeals2014
WILMIC Summer SeminarThe Logistics of Success: Using Systems to Create a Profitable and Rewarding Law Practice2013
The 2012 International Conference on Law and SocietyIntellectual Property, Heritage, & Cultural Rights2012
Assoc. for Law, Property, and Society 3rd Annual MeetingDecolonizing Cultural Property2012
Symposium on Ethics in War, Terrorism, and Military LawThe Designation of West Bank Mosques as Israeli National Heritage Sites: Using the 1954 Hague Convention to Protect Against In Situ Appropriation of Cultural Sites2011
Midwest Clinical Law Teachers ConferenceDown to the Wire: How Popular Narratives about the Criminal Justice System Influence Client and Student Experiences in the Clinical Context2011
Journal of International Law Annual Symposium: Sovereignty in Today's WorldThe Evolution of the Cultural Property Protection Model Toward a Human Rights Framework and the Implications for Sovereignty2011
Class Crits IV: Criminalizing Economic InequalityDecolonizing Cultural Property2011
Assoc. for Law, Property, and Society 2nd Annual MeetingThe Evolution of the Cultural Property Protection Model from a Property to a Human Rights Framework2011
American Mensa Regional Gathering 2011History of the World in 100 Looted Objects2011
American Society of Criminology: Crime and Social Institutions, November 2010Antiquities Trafficking – Complementary Countermeasures2010