Margaret Carroll Alli

Office Managing Shareholder || Detroit (Metro)

Meg Alli has focused her practice on the representation and counseling of management concerning the umbrella of employment laws and regulations affecting corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. She has defended employers, schools and colleges in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration proceedings.  Meg has also served as select counsel for employment practices liability insurance carriers and represented employers in wage/hour litigation and “class” challenges to pay practices and exempt classifications.

In addition to litigation, a focus of Meg’s practice is preventative counseling, auditing and training for management on a wide range of issues, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and complex wage and hour requirements under state and federal law, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  A particular focus of her practice has been to assist employers in properly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors as well as conducting detailed audits relative to employee wage classifications and pay practices under federal and state law.  Meg routinely defends employers in courts, arbitration proceedings and government agencies regarding a wide umbrella of employment and civil rights issues.  Meg has extensive experience in developing and implementing company policies on these subjects and frequently lectures to management groups, professional associations and educational institutions on employment issues.

For years, Meg has also dedicated a portion of her practice to education law.  She represents non-public schools and universities on a variety of employment and education legal topics.  Active in her community, Meg served on the Board of Directors of a private educational institution and was the Reporter for the Governor of Michigan’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in 1994.

Meg was named one of the top 50 female Michigan lawyers in 2018 by Hour Magazine of Detroit.

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  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a large automotive supplier on class-wide claims of failure to provide proper WARN Notice.
  • Obtained summary dismissal and sanctions in favor of a national manufacturer of food products faced with class allegations of unpaid overtime.
  • Worked with a team to defeat class certification in a purported class of nearly 200 production and maintenance supervisors seeking overtime pay under state law patterned after the FLSA.
  • Obtained summary dismissal of a purported class action by hundreds of claims adjusters for overtime pay under Michigan law.
  • Served as local counsel to a multi-line insurance carrier in a nationwide FLSA collective action contesting classification of claims adjusters.
  • Legal counsel on a core corporate team that designed and implemented a system to integrate FMLA procedures with collectively bargained medical time off policies.
  • Developed and implemented an audit of FLSA exempt classifications and payroll practices for a national manufacturer.
  • Designed workforce reduction packages and negotiated numerous executive separation agreements.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 1985
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Michigan State University, 1981

Admittance to Practice

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan, 1985 to present (Labor and Employment Law Section, 1985 to present; Committee on Civil Procedure, 1990 – 1993; Committee on Mandatory Legal Education, 2000)
  • Oakland County Bar Association, 1986 to present; Chair, Young Lawyer Committee, 1989 – 1990; Diversity Committee, 2009 to present; Sustaining Member, 2002 to present; Screener, Judicial Candidate Forum, (50th District Court), 2008; Panelist, Judicial Candidate Forum, (45B District Court), 2008; Membership Committee, 2002 – 2003; Nominating Committee, 2007 – 2009; Speaker, Oakland Schools Project, 1999)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow Member, 2004 to present)
  • Reporter, Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence (1994)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2000 – 2008)


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "DOL Opinion Letters and Local Laws: Wage and Hour Update" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Washington Watch" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Channeling Sherlock Holmes: Deducing Best Practices for Conducting Workplace Investigations" - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Hiring Hurdles and Headaches: Auditing Your Company’s Compliance With Federal Requirements" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Ban the Box, Ban the Background Check? Dos and Don’ts for Employers" - May 4, 2017
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 40th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - "Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit" - Plymouth - April 2015
  • Ultimate Software HR Workshop - "The Three C's of FLSA Compliance: Classifying, Counting and Calculating" - Detroit - June 12, 2014
  • Cooley Law School - "The Three C’s of Wage and Hour Compliance" - Auburn Hills - July 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 22nd Annual Business Law Institute - "Employment and Labor Issues Before, During and After the Sale of a Business" - Grand Rapids - May 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - "When the HR Manager is a Key Witness" - Plymouth - April 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - "But I Am The Company Lawyer, Really I Am! The Attorney – Client Privilege and the Role of In-House Counsel" - Plymouth - April 2009
  • National Employment Law Institute (NELI), Wage and Hour Conference - "Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act" - Washington, D.C. - June 2008
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2nd Annual Family & Closely Held Business Institute - "Interviewing and Hiring New Employees" - Plymouth - October 2007
  • National Employment Law Institute (NELI), Human Resources Conference - "Architecture of an Internal Human Resources Audit" - Washington, D.C. - May 2007
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 18th Annual Business Law Institute - "Adopting E-mail, Computer and Technology Policies" - Mt. Pleasant - June 2006
  • Greater Ann Arbor Society of Human Resources Management (GAA SHRM) - "The Triangle – Is it Workers’ Compensation, ADA or FMLA?" - Ann Arbor - April 2005
  • Lorman Education Services - "How to Set Up An HR Department in Michigan: The Nuts and Bolts" - Troy - September 2004
  • Lorman Education Services - "Post-Termination Issues in Michigan" - Troy - June 2004
  • Sterling Education Services - "“The Fair Labor Standards Act" - Southfield - March 2004
  • Council on Education in Management - "FMLA Update" - Grand Rapids - July 2003
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), Controllership Conference - "Employment Law Update" - Livonia - October 2002
  • Council on Education in Management - "Mastering the Essentials of the FLSA and State Wage and Hour Law" - Novi - April 2002
  • Wayne State University Law School - "Joint Employment and the Contingent Workforce" - Detroit - January 1, 2002
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - "Employment Issues for Nonprofits" - Troy - May 2001
  • Associate General Contractors of America, Inc. (Michigan Chapter) - "Harassment and Discrimination Awareness for Frontline Supervisors" - Lansing - June 1998
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Michigan Non-Profit Institute - "Worker Classification: Employee v. Independent Contractor, Exempt v. Non-Exempt Employees" - Troy - June 1998
  • Wayne State University Lecture Series - "Complying with the Law While Challenging the Volunteer" - Detroit - December 1997
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - "The Employee / Independent Contractor Thicket" - Traverse City - May 1997
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), Financial Management Conference - "Managing Family Friendly Laws" - Novi - February 1997
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) - "Employment Law Update" - Dearborn - June 1995
  • November 21, 2016 - Business Insurance - "Overtime pay regulations enter uncertain period"
  • April 24, 2014 - Law360 - "ADA Ruling Sets Stage For More Work-From-Home Bids"
  • May 24 - August 9, 2011 - - "HR Should Provide Training on Preventing Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation"
  • June 18, 2010 - BNA's Workplace Law Report - "Hijabs, Burqas, Khimars and Beards: Avoiding Religious Discrimination Suits"
  • October 2008 - Due Process – Detroit Public Television (WDIV-WTVS) - "Wrongful Termination"
  • March 1999 - Due Process – Detroit Public Television (WDIV-WTVS) - "Employment Law – Sex in the Workplace"
  • January 1997 - KCKC AM Talk Radio - "Sexual Harassment at Work"
  • October 1996 - Due Process – Detroit Public Television (WDIV-WTVS) - "Sexual Harassment at Work"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Logo
  • Hour Magazine Top 50 Female Lawyers in Michigan (2018)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA (2014-present)
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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