Allison E. Czerniak
Allison assists clients in resolving a wide variety of business and commercial litigation issues. She has experience with matters involving corporate governance, shareholder disputes, fraud, employment law, environmental litigation, commercial banking and general contract disputes. She has also represented various local governments in complex constitutional litigation and class actions in federal court. Allison guides clients through all stages of federal and state civil litigation, including any resulting appeals.
Before entering private practice, Allison served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and before that, for the Honorable Justice Christopher Dietzen at the Minnesota Supreme Court. Through her clerkships, she gained valuable experience working side-by-side with judges in pretrial proceedings, settlement conferences and at trial. Allison’s experience includes:
- Reviewing depositions, exhibits and pleadings, conducting legal research and drafting orders on all dispositive motions.
- Issuing rulings on pretrial motions and motions in limine.
- Preparing bench memoranda and the initial drafts of judicial opinions on a variety of civil and criminal issues, including FELA statutory construction, ERISA state-law preemption, limitations on the Commissioner of Revenue’s audit authority, class action certification and quantum meruit recovery of attorney fees.
While in law school, Allison clerked for the Washington County Attorney's Office in Stillwater, Minn., and was a summer associate at a large law firm in Minneapolis, Minn. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Allison also participated in the University of St. Thomas School of Law Federal Commutations Clinic and with the assistance of her professor and a fellow classmate, successfully petitioned for clemency on behalf of their client, a low-level, nonviolent drug offender. President Obama commuted the client’s life sentence in September 2016, and the client was released from prison that fall.
Allison is licensed to practice in federal and state court in Illinois and in Minnesota. She is honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star. In 2019, Allison completed the Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute, a selective program to enhance leadership skills and foster the professional growth of Chicago attorneys.
Honoree, Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2019 - present)
All Service Areas
- Commercial Litigation
- Class Action, Derivative and Multi-Party Litigation
- Women, Minority and Veteran-Owned Businesses
- Employment Law
- Intellectual Property
- Labor and Employment Litigation
- Class Action Employment Claims
- Non-Competition Agreements
- Environmental Litigation
- Education - Litigation
- University of St. Thomas School of Law (2014)
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (B.A., Sociology) (2010)
- State - Minnesota
- State - Illinois
- Federal - Northern District of Illinois
Speeches and Publications
- "This is Not What I Ordered. Buyer’s Remedies under the UCC," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Seminar, Chicago, January 14, 2020.
- "Opting in on Pending Collective Action," Workforce.com (Nov. 27, 2019) (with co-author Rachel Schaller).
- “Sharpening Your HR Vision to 2020: What Illinois Employers Need to Know for the Coming Year - Legalization of Recreational Marijuana and its Effects on Employers,” Taft Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago, (Oct. 24, 2019) (co-present with Daniel Saeedi).
- "Chapter 7: Warranties, Disclaimers, and Limitations," Contract Law (2020 edition) published by IICLE, co-author with Zachary Clark.
- Chicago Bar Association
- Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms