Alice Tolin is a native of Elkin, North Carolina. She graduated from Furman University in 2001 with degrees in English and Political Science. She then went on to graduate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2004 and began working for Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling in Sampson County, North Carolina. While there, she served as the Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate in both Sampson and Duplin Counties.

In 2008, she partnered with her husband to start a general practice firm, Tolin & Tolin, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she focused primarily on family law. She served as the Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocate for Wilkes County until 2010.

Alice's oldest son has Down syndrome. His entrance into the school setting sparked her interest in special education law as she and her husband began advocating for him to receive services. She began taking courses to learn more about special education law and participating in her local Down syndrome advocacy group. She joined Gahagan Paradis in October 2019 to focus primarily on representing parents and children in the special education setting.

Alice and her husband, Jay Tolin, reside in Roxboro, North Carolina, with their three children.