Allison R. Grow
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Did you know?

  • In 2011, Allison played 68 unique board games (none of which was Monopoly or Scrabble).
  • The first contract Allison negotiated and drafted was in 1989 for play time rights to the Lite-Brite she shared with her brother.
  • Allison can’t swim.
  • Allison is the first woman in her family to graduate from college and the first person to earn a graduate degree.
  • Allison’s signature dish: Swedish pancakes.
  • How does a devoted NPR listener end up at Lollapalooza? Ask Allison – the story is worthy of Prairie Home Companion.
  • Before becoming an attorney, Allison worked in Alzheimer’s disease research.
  • Allison’s favorite holiday is the 4th of July.
  • Allison plays the flute and the piano.
  • Neither Chicago Winters nor Summers can stop Allison from walking to work. She even turns down rides from colleagues.

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.

  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Wheaton College
Bar Admissions
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Awards and Recognitions
  • Selected as a Illinois Super Lawyers' Rising Star for 2014 - 2018
  • International Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Northern Illinois Franchise Association
  • Women's Franchise Network (Chicago Chapter), Co-Chair
  • IFA Legal/Legislative Committee, Member
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Women's Caucus Steering Committee, Member
Recent Speaking and Publications
  • Co-Author, Effectiveness of the Legislative Response to Joint Employer Liability, 37:3 Franchise L.J. 349 (2018).
  • Facilitator, Trademark and Domain Name Strategies, 2018 IFA Annual Convention, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Facilitator, Pros and Cons of Branded Emails for Franchisees, 2017 IFA Emerging Franchisor Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Panelist, Basics Track: Trademarks and IP, 2017 IFA Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C.
  • Facilitator, Managing Defaults and Terminations Effectively, 2017 IFA Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Facilitator, Best Practices for Document Management and Retention Policies, 2016 IFA Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Co-Author, Are You Ready to Franchise?, Food Industry News (Dec. 2015)
  • Author, A Quick Guide to Legal Holds, Cheng Cohen Alert (Nov. 2015)
  • Facilitator, Protecting Your Brand from Data Breaches, 2015 IFA Emerging Franchisor Conference, Miami, Florida
  • Author, Avoiding Litigation Over Changes to the System, Cheng Cohen Alert (Aug. 2015).
  • Facilitator, How to Effectively Maintain Files in Preparation for E-Discovery, 2015 IFA Legal Symposium, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Co-Author, Navigating the Muddy Waters of the Affordable Care Act in Franchising, 34:2 Franchise L.J. 155 (2014).
  • Co-Author, Anti-Waiver Arguments and Enforcement of Forum-Selection Clauses, Franchising Business & Law Alert (Aug. 2014).
  • Author, Spousal Guaranties: When a Franchisee's Spouse Says "I Don't," Cheng Cohen Alert (July 2014).

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