Allison litigates cases on behalf of franchisors, distributors, and multi-unit operators in courts and alternative dispute resolution forums across the country. She routinely handles claims for breach of contract, Lanham Act violations, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and franchise relationship law violations.
Allison has achieved excellent results for her clients at all stages of litigation. For example, Allison:
– Obtained a half a million dollar judgment for a franchisor in a case involving trademark and trade dress violations and breaches of a non-competition covenant;
– Won dismissal with prejudice of claims against a franchisor for breach of the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act, fraud, and breach of contract;
– Negotiated a six figure settlement on behalf of a franchisor on its contract claims when it was also facing counterclaims for fraud and disclosure violations;
– Obtained dismissal of a franchisee association’s claim prior to the start of discovery;
– Won a motion to dismiss a franchisee’s claims for franchise law violations with prejudice;
– Defended against a franchisee’s claims for franchise law violations, breach of contract, and fraud to a $0 settlement for the franchisor;
– Secured compliance with numerous covenants not to compete and not to disclose confidential information; and
– Favorably settled several cases after early filing of motions for TRO or preliminary injunction.
Allison is particularly skilled at managing electronic discovery. She works with internal IT departments and outside vendors to save clients substantial time and money by streamlining the document retention and production process. She uses creative solutions to help each client meet their discovery obligations in light of their technology systems, the scope and importance of the case, and the rules applicable to the venue.
In addition to her litigation practice, Allison advises inside general counsel, boards of directors, and other executives regarding numerous aspects of the franchisor-franchisee relationship. She drafts complex advice memoranda, litigation avoidance strategies, and practical checklists for use in franchise systems. For example, Allison renders advice regarding joint employer liability, brand transformations, minimum wage laws, vicarious liability, the litigation risks of mergers and acquisitions, and best practices for document retention and storage.
Allison is a member of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. She serves on the IFA’s Legal/Legislative Committee which works to keep the IFA’s general membership aware of legal, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting franchising. Allison is also a Co-Chair of the IFA’s Women’s Franchise Network in Chicago and a member of the ABA Forum on Franchising’s Women’s Caucus Steering Committee. For the last five years, Allison has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers by being named to its “Rising Stars” list in the area of franchise law.