The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014
Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
honors + affiliations
Member, Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago
New York City Urban Fellow (2004)
Recipient, Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship in Labor and Employment Law (2006)
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Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States of America
Allison N. Powers is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice. Ms. Powers has handled a variety of class action and single-plaintiff matters under federal and state employment statutes, including Title VII and ERISA. Her current practice focuses on representing corporations in class claims of systemic discrimination and in individual employment cases involving claims of discrimination.
Ms. Powers’s representative matters include serving as a primary associate in a putative race discrimination class action involving claims of disparate treatment and hostile work environment for a client in the cable industry and serving as the lead associate in a putative nationwide gender discrimination class action alleging claims under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act for a client in the pharmaceutical industry.
Ms. Powers previously participated in the firm’s Public Interest in Community Service (PICS) pro bono program as a clerk at the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic (CGLA), where she currently serves on the Young Professionals Board. She is active in the firm’s partnership with CGLA as a presenter on legal issues and developments pertaining to pre-employment background checks. In addition to her work with CGLA, Ms. Powers maintains an active pro bono practice representing claimants seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and branches of the armed forces.
Ms. Powers received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008. She received her dual B.A. in Spanish and political science from Northwestern University in 2002.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Powers worked for the New York Botanical Garden as a development associate and as an Urban Fellow for the City of New York, in the Office of Emergency Management’s policy and grant writing division.
Ms. Powers is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, 2008, J.D.
- Northwestern University, 2002, B.A. (Spanish)
- Northwestern University, 2002, B.A. (Political Science)