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Labor & Employment

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)

bar admissions

  • Illinois
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Allison N. Powers

77 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States of America
Phone: +1.312.324.1720
Fax: +1.312.324.1001

Allison N. Powers is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice. Ms. Powers has handled a variety of matters under federal and state employment statutes. Her current practice focuses on representing corporations in class claims of systemic discrimination and individual employment cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its related federal and state counterparts. In addition to managing single-plaintiff discrimination cases, Ms. Powers is currently a primary associate in a putative race discrimination class action involving claims of disparate treatment and hostile work environment. She is also the lead associate in a putative nationwide gender discrimination class action alleging claims under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. Ms. Powers also maintains an active pro bono practice representing veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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, where she currently serves on the Young Professionals Board.  

Ms. Powers received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008. While in law school, she was an instructor of a critical legal studies course for undergraduates, a moot court participant, a teaching assistant to first-year legal writing students, and president of the Labor and Employment Law Association.

Ms. Powers received her dual B.A. in Spanish and political science from Northwestern University in 2002. Prior to attending law school, she worked for the New York Botanical Garden as a development associate and as an Urban Fellow for the City of New York, where she was placed 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.


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, 2008, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, 2002, B.A. (Political Science)
  • Northwestern University, 2002, B.A. (Spanish)