Allyson Brown-Hanif is an associate with the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Allyson focuses her practice on representing employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters. She defends businesses in employment litigation before federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings. Her employment litigation experience includes discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation suits and restrictive covenant enforcement actions. Allyson’s litigation practice also extends to traditional labor-management disputes as well as accessibility claims asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Additionally, Allyson provides employers day-to-day counseling aimed to prevent employment litigation. She advises businesses on the full spectrum of employment law topics, including compliance, hiring practices, terminations, disciplinary actions, employment agreements and employee handbooks.
Immediately prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Allyson was an associate in the Long Island office of a multi-state defense firm, where her practice focused on employment litigation and counseling, as well as the defense of municipalities and school districts in constitutional and other civil rights litigation arising under Title VII, the ADA, and the State and City Human Rights Laws.
Earlier in her career, Allyson practiced at the New York City Law Department Office of the Corporation Counsel as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, where she successfully litigated civil rights cases in federal court initiated under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, involving excessive force, due process, malicious prosecution, denial of the right to a fair trial, First Amendment and municipal liability claims.
Allyson graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Philosophy. Allyson earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While at Cardozo, Allyson litigated and mediated civil cases in clinical programs such as Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic, which allowed her to acquire knowledge and practical experience in labor and employment matters. In addition, Allyson served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and served as a legal intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Civil Division.
Notably, Allyson is Caribbean-American, of Jamaican and Costa Rican descent. She is a devout Harry Potter fan and enjoys ballet and modern dance, theater, culinary arts and travel.