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 Detroit Magazine.

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Admittance to Practice

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)


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