Allison's practice includes employment law, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Allison has extensive experience in the litigation of employment issues, business torts, contract disputes, and fiduciary duty claims arising in closely-held companies and partnerships. She has successfully briefed and argued cases in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Allison has experience in crisis management and media and government relations. Her clients include businesses, executives, and professionals in financial services and other regulated industries.
Allison also has extensive trial experience in a variety of criminal matters in state and federal courts. She is uniquely suited to represent clients who face complex civil disputes with related criminal issues, including commercial crimes. As a former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney, she prosecuted a wide variety of matters, including rape, fraud, and civil rights cases in Superior Court. Allison was a member of the prosecution team that successfully tried and convicted John Geoghan, a defrocked priest, for child abuse.
Since 2005, Allison has been named each year as a Rising Star in the Rising Stars Edition of Law & Politics and Boston Magazine.
•Represented an international privately-owned shoe company and related foundation in all aspects of start-up including drafting the distributorship agreements, employee handbook and employment agreements for key employees.
•Successfully defended a textile company against discrimination and Wage Act claims. Obtained dismissal of all claims through motions to dismiss and for summary judgment.
•Successfully defended two general security representatives in an employment dispute with their former employer, a broker dealer institution. At issue were the terms of the non-compete agreement and forgiveness under a promissory note along with counterclaims of fraudulent inducement and unfair dealing. The matter went before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and settled favorably for the individuals after two days of testimony.
•Represented the President of a medical facility construction company in a commercial bribery case brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. The matter was resolved short of trial on terms favorable to the individual, who continues to work in the field of medical facility construction.
•Represented the controller at a Boston based father-son hedge fund under SEC Enforcement investigation for its pre-inception performance records. Investigation of the long serving controller terminated with no charges brought against her.
•Represented a Nantucket based restaurant. Handled offering materials, employment agreements and a related criminal matter once the restaurant was open.
•Advised an entrepreneur/venture capitalist negotiating departure from his own firm where restricted stock units, noncompetition and nonsolicitation considerations were at issue.
•Represented the President of a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company who was charged with conspiracy in Federal Court. The case was resolved with the President receiving a straight probationary term and a modest restitution order.
•Advised the controller at a money management firm specializing in emerging markets that was under investigation by the SEC for its marketing materials and handling of client funds. Though the controller had authority to direct client funds, the investigation terminated and no charges were brought against the controller.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining Edwards Wildman, Allison was a shareholder in a Boston law firm. In her 10 years with that firm, she represented a diverse mix of clients, including a Fortune 500 company.
Before entering private practice, Allison was an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County in Cambridge. In that role, she handled a broad spectrum of cases in both district and superior court.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Allison is a member of the American Bar Association Steering Committee for White Collar Crime Attorneys as well as a board member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a prior board member of the Friends of the Boston Public Garden and continues to actively support the organization. In addition, Allison is a member of The Corporation for The Winsor School in Boston, having previously served on the Alumnae Board from 2004 to 2010.
Allison was an Academic All-American Lacrosse player at Georgetown University and served as a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team while attending Boston College Law School.
New Lawyer's Committee- Don't Miss The Boat: Recognizing When To Seize An Opportunity
October 2, 2014 event
Edwards Wildman Attorneys Moderate BBA's Top Guns: Criminal Law Mavericks Tell All Event
September 18, 2014 event
Edwards Wildman's Boston Office Hosts ACC In-House Counsel Seminar
September 16, 2014 event
Edwards Wildman's Allison O'Neil and Jonathan Young Weigh In on The Question You Should Ask Every Prospective Client in Law360
October 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Allison O'Neil Weighs In On SEC's Record Whistleblower Award in Law360
September 23, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Allison O'Neil Addresses the Tazhayakov Conviction on Bloomberg Law Podcast
July 23, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Allison O'Neil Discusses Tsarnaev Friend on Trial on NECN
July 9, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Allison O'Neil Discusses the Top Legal Headaches For Retailers In 2014
May 20, 2014
Allison O'Neil Joins Edwards Wildman as Litigation Partner in Boston
April 9, 2014