Allison E. Ianni

Of Counsel New York City

Allison Ianni is Of Counsel in the New York City office of Ogletree Deakins, where she represents and advises management in all aspects of employment law.  Ms. Ianni regularly defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations, in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.  In particular, she has represented clients in the media, higher education, insurance, hospitality, and consulting industries.  Ms. Ianni also advises and counsels management on various workplace issues such as personnel policies, employee handbooks, hiring, terminations, discipline, disability accommodations, leaves of absences and wage and hour laws.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins as one of the founding attorneys of the New York City office in April 2012, Ms. Ianni was an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.  

Ms. Ianni earned her J.D., cum laude, in May 2007 from Hofstra University School of Law, where she served as a Notes & Comments editor on the Hofstra Law Review.  Additionally, she graduated cum laude from New York University in 2003, where she received a B.A. in Journalism and English Literature.


Ms. Ianni’s labor and employment experience includes:

  • Serving as lead counsel in federal and state employment discrimination cases, including throughout 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 7-day jury trial in an age discrimination case brought by the News Director of a local television station in federal court
  • Assisting with federal wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Conducting and assisting employers with factual investigations in a variety of litigation and pre-litigation contexts
  • Serving as lead counsel throughout administrative charges before the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York Commission on Human Rights
  • Handling wage and hour complaints and investigations before the New York State Department of Labor
  • Advising employers on human resource issues, including hiring, evaluating, disciplining, and terminating employees; managing leaves of absence and other employee accommodations; and wage and hour laws
  • Drafting severance agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, employment agreements, personnel policies, and employee handbooks
  • Conducting management and employee training, including EEO and anti-harassment/anti-discrimination training

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Published Works


Our Insights

New York State Paid Family Leave Law Update: Tax Guidance Issued

September 07, 2017

Everything Else You Need to Know About New York City’s FCA—New Rules Effective August 5, 2017

August 21, 2017

New York Proposes Regulations on State Paid Family Leave Law

February 28, 2017

E.D.N.Y. Finds No Per Se Violation of New York Correction Law Where Employer Failed to Conduct Required Analysis

June 30, 2014

Southern District of New York Judge Conditionally Certifies Another Unpaid Intern Collective Action

April 30, 2014

New York City Mayor Signs Expanded Sick Time Law, Effective April 1, 2014

March 31, 2014

S.D.N.Y. Declines to Enforce No-Hire Agreement for Lack of Protectable Interest

February 27, 2014

New York’s Highest Court Rules Indefinite Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under State Human Rights Law, but May Be Under City Human Rights Law

October 17, 2013

Southern District of New York Certifies Another Intern Misclassification Decision for Immediate Appeal to the Second Circuit

September 30, 2013

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

September 30, 2013

Third Department Affirms Unemployment Insurance Appeal’s Board Finding of No Misconduct Due to Unintentional Internet Usage

February 28, 2013

Eastern District Concludes that ERISA Preempts Negligent Misrepresentation Claim

February 28, 2013

Settlement of Equal Pay Act Claims by Female Workers Does Not Provide Complete Defense Against a Later Suit by Male Workers for Resulting Unequal Pay

February 28, 2013

New York City Council Passes Bill Prohibiting “Unemployment” Discrimination; Mayor Bloomberg Indicated Intention to Veto Bill

February 28, 2013

Employer’s Requirement That Unpaid Interns Receive College Credit Was Not an Unlawful Deduction from Wages Under New York Labor Law

January 29, 2013

Reminder: New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Requires Annual Notices for All Employees by February 1, 2013

January 29, 2013

First Department Appellate Court Reinforces Liberal Standard for Hostile Work Environment Claims Under the New York City Human Rights Law

January 29, 2013

New York Court Holds That Extended Leave of Absence May Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under New York City Human Rights Law

January 29, 2013

E.D.N.Y. Rules That Private Postings on Social Media Relating to Plaintiff’s Mental State Are Fair Game for Discovery

January 29, 2013

Governor Cuomo Proposes Increased Minimum Wage and Significant Changes to New York’s Employment Law in State of the State Address

January 29, 2013


Media Quotes

October 16, 2012 - - "School District Worker Spoke as Employee When Reporting Pay Mistakes"