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    Biography

    Clients know soon after meeting Allison Williams that they are in good hands.  Allison’s even-tempered demeanor instantly puts clients at ease and calms their worries. Combine her approachability with her hunger for learning and skill as a problem solver, and you get a highly sought after labor and employment lawyer. 

    Allison epitomizes the phrase “people hire people they like and trust,” and she also realizes that when people hire her as their lawyer, they expect action, which she relentlessly provides.  Allison's clients range from small, locally owned businesses to large, multi-national corporations.  Across the board, clients appreciate her personalized approach and her ability to tailor the legal team and scope of work to solve the issue at hand. The scalability of her work is also evident in her counseling practice.  Allison regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, and she has a particular passion for helping employers craft strategies to help avoid, or minimize, the impact of litigation. She is frequently involved in hiring and firing decisions with her clients, including drafting employment contracts, disciplinary documentation, and separation agreements.  In these situations, Allison is with her client, asking the right questions, listening, and helping the client anticipate and mitigate future challenges. If litigation is unavoidable, Allison is completely comfortable in a courtroom where she is able to play to her strengths of remaining composed and relatable.

    Allison offers assistance to employers in a wide-range of businesses and enjoys learning about diverse industries and the labor and employment issues unique to that industry.  When you visit her office, ask to see her airplane engine components, and she will tell you about her experience litigating AIR21 claims, GARA issues, and her broad-range experience with Part 135 and Part 91 aircraft operations. In addition, Allison also has a passion for her higher education clients.  For them she has defended Title IX litigation and provided counseling, mediated faculty and staff grievances, and counseled institutions about a plethora of issues from FERPA to FMLA to ADA compliance and beyond.

    Within the firm, Allison is a respected colleague and serves as a mentor for young lawyers and serves on the Recruiting Committee and the ReThink Tank.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2020
    Defense Research Institute
    Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    West Virginia State Bar Association
    Harrison County Bar Association
    United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
    United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
    United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    Key Experience

    Assisted telemarketing company with an involuntary reduction in force
    Counseled healthcare company on an involuntary reduction in force involving multiple sites and employees
    Counseled employers regarding application of the WARN Act

    Work Experience

    2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2010 Extern, The Honorable Irene M. Keeley, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WV
    2008-2009 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson
    2002-2008 Paralegal, Manchin & Aloi

    Speaking Engagements

    Monthly Contributor, West Virginia Employment Law Letter