Allison Ianni, a partner resident in the firm’s New York City office, counsels management on all aspects of employment law. She also defends employers of all sizes in employment-related litigation in state and federal courts, before administrative panels, and in other venues of alternative dispute resolution throughout New York State. She has represented clients in the media, higher education, insurance, hospitality, and retail industries, among others.

Allison regularly defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. She has served as lead counsel in federal and state employment discrimination cases as well as throughout administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), and the New York Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), from inception to completion. She has also handled wage and hour complaints and investigations before the New York State Department of Labor.

A significant part of Allison’s practice involves counseling management on human resources issues, including hiring, evaluating, disciplining, and terminating employees; managing leaves of absence and other employee accommodations; drug testing; and wage and hour laws. In addition to advising on federal compliance issues, Allison leverages exceptionally deep knowledge of New York State- and City-specific laws and regulations, including the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, the New York City Paid Family Leave Law, the New York Labor Law, and more, to help clients mitigate risk and avoid investigations, enforcement actions, claims, and litigation. She also frequently conducts management and employee training, including Equal Employment Opportunity and anti-harassment/anti-discrimination training; conducts factual investigations in a variety of litigation and pre-litigation contexts; and drafts and revises employment-related documents including severance agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, employment agreements, personnel policies, and employee handbooks.

Allison also has experience advising and representing management and executives in a wide range of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including matters involving shareholder, patent, real estate, and bankruptcy disputes.

After graduating cum laude from New York University with a bachelor’s in Journalism and English Literature, Allison attended Hofstra University School of Law. She served as notes and comments editor for the Hofstra Law Review, gained additional experience as a legal intern with the Hofstra University Office of General Counsel, and graduated cum laude.

Representative Matters:
  • Serving as lead counsel in federal and state employment discrimination cases, including through court hearings, motion practice, written discovery, settlement negotiations, and conducting and defending depositions
  • Serving as part of a trial team that obtained a defense verdict after a seven-day federal jury trial in an age discrimination case brought by the news director of a local television station
  • Obtaining summary judgment in an age discrimination case against a major hospital
  • Preparing numerous position statements in response to EEOC, NYSDHR, and NYCCHR complaints resulting in dismissal and case closures
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015 to present
  • Hofstra University Outstanding Women in Law

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
  • New York University, B.A., cum laude, 2003