Ashley Allyn is Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County office. She practices with the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation Departments. Ms. Allyn’s practice focuses on labor and employment litigation, including state-wide and national wage and hour and discrimination matters, as well as employer counseling and policy revision.
Ms. Allyn has represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation, arbitration, and administrative hearings. She has experience serving in a lead case management role in single plaintiff and class action litigation involving wage and hour issues (including exemption, meal and rest breaks, termination pay, vacation policies, off-the-clock, overtime, regular rate, wage statements, and time clock rounding); discrimination and harassment issues (including race, sex, disability, and age); wrongful termination actions (including whistleblower actions brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act); representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys General Act; and collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also has experience with consumer class actions and other commercial litigation.
Ms. Allyn regularly advises employers regarding personnel policies and employee handbooks, termination issues, disability accommodation and use of the interactive process, family and medical leave matters, job classification, and other employment-related issues. She also conducts harassment and wage hour trainings and regularly speaks on employment-law related topics ranging from litigation strategy to mental health in the workplace. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including banking, retail, education, healthcare, assisted living, pharmaceutical, communications, manufacturing, technology, and restaurants, as well as numerous non-profit organizations on a pro bono basis.
Ms. Allyn’s successes have included working on teams that defeated class certification on behalf of clients in the retail, healthcare, and assisted living industries; a team that obtained decertification of a state-wide class action and a subsequent judgment on the merits for a retail client; a team that obtained summary judgment on the discrimination claims of four individual plaintiffs for a retail client; a team that secured the dismissal of a False Claims Act action; and teams that have obtained other favorable rulings and settlements for clients in a variety of industries.
Ms. Allyn received her law degree in 2007 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She served as Submissions Editor and Solicitations Editor for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and was a board member of the Domestic Violence Project pro bono organization. She was a Coca-Cola Scholar and a Robert W. Woodruff scholar at Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2003.
Ms. Allyn serves on the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees. She is a member of the board of directors of Human Options, a non-profit organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence and operates community programs designed to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Ms. Allyn is a member of the California Bar.
Columbia University - 2007 Juris Doctor
Emory University - 2003 Bachelor of Arts