Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2010
University of Illinois, B.S., 2006
Allison is a story teller. As a journalism major, she learned to draw her audience in with strategic framing of the narrative, and an approachable communication style. Now having transitioned from objective reporting to advocacy, she employs these same skills each day as she devotes her legal career to telling her clients’ stories.
A clear and persuasive counselor, she is proactive and creative when litigating cases for employers. As a member of our Labor and Employment Practice Group, Allison handles workplace claims such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to accommodate a disability.
Prior to joining SmithAmundsen, Allison was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General’s Employment Law Unit where she represented state agencies in federal and state court and administrative agencies. In that capacity, she defended employers against claims brought under Section 1983, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA and the Illinois Human Rights Act.
- Obtained summary judgment for client in Title VII claim alleging co-worker harassment
- Obtained summary judgment for client following both parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment on claims for ADA failure to accommodate, ADA retaliation and constructive discharge
- Obtained summary judgment for client on Title VII, ADEA and Section 1981 claims of discrimination and retaliation
- Obtained dismissal of lawsuit through motion to dismiss on case alleging ADA failure to accommodate