Allegra A. Jones
Associate

Duane Morris LLP
Spear Tower
One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
USA

Phone: +1 415 957 3235
Fax: +1 415 704 3451
Email: AAJones@duanemorris.com

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Allegra A. Jones practices in the areas of civil litigation, employment law and white-collar criminal defense. She has represented numerous individual clients and class-action defendants in federal and state courts. She has defended employers from claims including wrongful termination, unfair competition, breach of contract, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes. She has also represented employers asserting claims based on trade secret violations and unfair competition. Additionally, she represented corporations and individuals in complex commercial litigation, as well as government regulatory and criminal investigations.

Ms. Jones' practice includes providing advice and counseling on employment matters, such as performance and termination counseling, progressive discipline, leaves of absence, lay-offs, personnel policies, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements and other employment contracts. Ms. Jones has represented employers facing administrative claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (Fair Employment and Housing Council), California Employment Development Department and California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. In addition, she has assisted with training both employers and employees on legal issues that arise in the workplace.

Ms. Jones also practices in the areas of California and Ninth Circuit appellate law, insurance coverage and reinsurance. Ms. Jones provides pro bono legal services as an arbitrator of homeless shelter disputes for the City and County of San Francisco, an election protection representative providing non-partisan advice to voters, and a representative of clients in civil rights actions involving 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims.

Ms. Jones is a member of the Young Professional Advisory Council of the Make A Wish Foundation, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Queens Bench Bar Association. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School, where she was note editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal, and a graduate, with honors, of Wesleyan University.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a ruling on behalf of Gevity HR, Inc. (now Trinet) in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing the claims of a representative class member, as well as a subsequent motion to substitute other purported class members as representative plaintiffs, in a wage and hour class action.
  • Obtained settlements of wage and hour claims for unpaid overtime, commissions, and meal and rest break violations on behalf of employers before the California Labor Commission.
  • Represented an employer defending claims of misclassification as an independent contractor and related wage claims before the California Labor Commission.
  • Represented an employer in a federal action where multiple plaintiffs alleged overtime and off-the-clock violations concerning temporary engineering employees.
  • Obtained dismissal of a wage and hour claim for unpaid commissions in a trial de novo appeal before the Texas Wage Commission.
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of NEC Corporation and four of its Japanese and U.S. affiliates in MDL antitrust litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California concerning an alleged global price-fixing conspiracy in the LCD flat panel and finished products markets.
  • Obtained defense decision in favor of G4S Justice Services, LLC as counsel in an action brought by the losing bidder alleging that G4S interfered with its existing contractual relations and prospective economic advantage in connection with a public safety contract to provide electronic monitoring and case management for detainees of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Plaintiff had sought several million dollars in damages. G4S was awarded its costs of suit, including expert witness fees. Achieved dismissal of five additional causes of action before trial.
  • Represented a seller of outdoor gear and apparel in an employment action brought by a former manager. Through a series a series of demurrers, a motion to strike and a motion for summary judgment, limited what started as a seven-claim action to claims for retaliation and emotional distress. Settled the action following mediation for a nominal sum.

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2004
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., with honors, 1999

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2006-present
  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
    - Associate, 2004-2005

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Member of Young Professional Advisory Council, Make A Wish Foundation
  • Volunteer Providing Legal Advice, San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect
  • Advocate, Housing Negotiation Clinic, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • Arbitrator, Housing and Homeless Division of the Department of Human Services, City and County of San Francisco
  • Volunteer Providing Legal Advice, Election Protection, Lawyers’ Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Northern California Rising Star, 2013 and 2014

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Horrible Employment Headlines and How to Avoid Them," Sierra Human Resources Association, Truckee, CA, January 15, 2015
  • Speaker, "Horrible Headlines: Lessons from Employment and Immigration Law Controversies in the News This Year," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, October 15, 2014
  • Speaker, "2014 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, May 22, 2014
  • Speaker, "2014 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, Silicon Valley, May 21, 2014
  • Speaker, "Keeping the Madness Out of March (and Beyond) – Developing a Winning Legal Game Plan for Your Nonprofit Organization in 2014," Community Investment Series Seminar, San Francisco, March 26, 2014
  • Speaker, "New 2014 Employment and Immigration Laws and the Most Talked About Litigation Trends," Duane Morris' Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group Breakfast Briefing, January 15, 2013
  • Speaker, "Horrible Headlines and Employment Lessons They Teach," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, October 9, 2013
  • Speaker, "Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, May 14, 2013
  • Speaker, "New California Employment Laws for 2013," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, February 13, 2013
  • Speaker, "Navigating Employee Leaves of Absence," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, October 17, 2012
  • Speaker, Arbitrator Training, San Francisco Housing and Homeless Division, Human Services Agency, San Francisco, September 25, 2012
  • Speaker, "Internal Investigations: A Step-by-Step Approach," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, July 18, 2012
  • Speaker, "2012 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, May 15, 2012
  • Speaker, "New California Employment Laws for 2012," Duane Morris; Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group; San Francisco, March 15, 2012
  • Speaker, "2011 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, May 10, 2011
  • Speaker, "I-9 Audits in the Dragnet: Will Other Agencies Take Notice?" Duane Morris, Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, November 20, 2010
  • Speaker, "2010 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris; Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group; San Francisco, May 18, 2010
  • Speaker, "2009 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris; Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group; San Francisco, May 19, 2009
  • Speaker, "2008 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris; Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group; San Francisco, May 2008