Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

Business Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Law
Lawrence & Bundy, LLC
1180 W Peachtree St NW Ste 1650
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 400-3350

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy uses creativity and results-oriented strategic analysis to develop legal solutions that work for her clients. Allegra focuses her practice on Business and Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Crisis Management. She has successfully defended Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Allegra is known for her skill in trying cases, negotiating complex settlements and finding creative solutions. Allegra also helps develop processes and tools for improving the efficiency and delivery of legal services.

Allegra often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker. While serving as chair of Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she developed Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities.

Allegra was a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Allegra is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishments in litigation, trial work and superior ethical reputation.


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Spelman College


Defended international corporation in series of FLSA collective actions across the country.

Defended large utility in consumer class action with a putative class of 150,000.

Conducted comprehensive internal investigation into allegations of race and gender discrimination for global firm.

Professional and Community Activities

Board of Advisors, American Constitution Society, Georgia Lawyer Chapter

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Director, Executive Committee of the Independent School Chairpersons Association

Chair, Board of Trustees, Atlanta Girls’ School

Commissioner, ABA’s Committee on the Lawyers’ Role in Assuring Every Child’s Right to a High- Quality Education

Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Services Foundation

Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia

Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Institute for Women of Color in Law and Business

Executive Committee Member, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Member, Board of Directors, Zoo Atlanta

Executive Committee Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, American Inns of Court (Bleckley Inn)

Member, Gate City Bar Association

Member, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL)

Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association

Member, National Bar Association

Appointee, Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Access and Fairness in the Courts

Appointee, Mayor’s Commission on the Living Wage

Appointee, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism

Appointee, Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Domestic Violence

Graduate, Leadership Atlanta

Graduate, Leadership Georgia

Former Member, Leadership, Litigation Section, American Bar Association

Past Member, Corporate Council, Fernbank Museum

Past President, Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium (ALDC)

Past President, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Former Chair, Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee, State Bar of Georgia

Past Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, Seth Kirschenbaum Diversity Award, Multi-Bar Leadership Council

Selected for inclusion among The Black Lawyers “Top 100” in Business Labor and Employment Law

Recognized as Attorney of the Month by Attorney at Law Magazine

Named to the “Rainmakers” list by Diversity & the Bar for having an established record of generating business

Honoree, Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy

Repeatedly selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation

Repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers

Repeatedly named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation – labor and employment, commercial litigation and employment law – management

Recipient, Chief Justice Leah Sears Award for Distinction in the Profession

Recipient, Community Service Award, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College

Recipient, Commitment to Equality Award, State Bar of Georgia

Recipient, Gate City Bar Foundation’s A.T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award

Recipient, Spirit of the Bench and Bar Award, Black Law Students Association, Georgia State University School of Law

Recipient, “Women Worth Watching” Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal

Selected for inclusion among “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence,” Atlanta Business League

Repeatedly selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® “Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers” and “Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers”

Recognized as one of the National Bar Association and IMPACT’s 2011 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40

Selected as an “Unsung Heroine” by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter

Named among “40 Under 40 Up & Comers” by Atlanta Business Chronicle

Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society

Named among the “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine

Named among “Atlanta’s 25 Power Women to Watch” by Atlanta Woman Magazine

Honored as one of the top 16 lawyers under 40 in the State of Georgia by the Fulton County

Named one of Georgia’s “Women of the Year” for Law and Justice by Women Looking Ahead Magazine

Honored by The Daily Report in its annual “On the Rise” issue


Top 10 Employer Resolutions for 2017 (January 3, 2017) Law360

Top 10 Employer Resolutions for 2016 (January 12, 2016) Law360

Judgment Call (May 2015) – Best’s Review

Integrating the Cultures and Employment Laws of Your Multinational Workforce in the Global Economy (April 2015) – ACC Docket

Top Resolutions Employers Should Make and Keep in 2015 (February 4, 2015) – Law360

Redial: 2014 TCPA Year in Review – Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends (January 29, 2015)

Lean In, But Don’t Blend In (October 14, 2014) – New York Law Journal

BYOD and Social Media: An Employer’s Perspective (August 2014) – Financier Worldwide

10 Important Aspects of the CFTC Whistleblower Program (June 3, 2014) – Law360

Bring Your Own Device, Don’t Bring Your Own Drama (February 11, 2014) – Corporate Counsel

Top 10 Employer Resolutions For The New Year (January 8, 2014) – Law360

Non-Unionized Employers: The NLRB Commands Your Attention (Spring 2013) – Partnering Perspectives

Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Post-Concepcion (Spring 2013) – Partnering Perspectives

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Issues for Employers (Spring 2013) – Partnering Perspectives

Is Your Social Media Policy Current? Timely Reasons to Update Your Policy Now (Fall 2012) – Partnering Perspectives

Five Timely Reasons To Update Your Social Media Policy (July 17, 2012) – Law360

‘Like’ It Or Not: Broker-Dealers And Social Media Access (June 28, 2012) – Law360

Saving with Settlement Classes (November 2011) – Reprinted with permission Employment Law360 and Class Action Law360 (November 2011)

Blowing the Whistle: New SEC Rules Set the Stage for Increased Reporting of Potential Securities Law Violations (September/ October 2011) – Reprinted with permission from Practical Compliance & Risk Management For The Securities Industry

SEC’s Whistle-Blower Rules Effective Soon: What Employers Need to Know Now (July 25, 2011) – HR Magazine

The ‘New Normal’ In ESI Preservation Duties: Part 2 (February 9, 2011) – Reprinted with permission from Law360

The ‘New Normal’ In ESI Preservation Duties: Part 1 (February 2, 2011) – Reprinted with permission from Law360

Raising the Stakes: Effective ‘Internal’ Whistle- Blowing Programs are Essential in the Dodd- Frank Era (January 11, 2011) – Reprinted with permission from Westlaw Journal Employment

Good News for Experts (And Attorneys Who Use Them) (November 29, 2010) – Reprinted with permission from Employment Law360

Clarity or Chaos? Ashcroft v. Iqbal One Year Later (September 2010) – Reprinted with permission Bloomberg Law Reports – Federal Practice

Safeguarding Trade Secrets Before, During and After a Reduction in Force (Summer 2010) – Partnering Perspectives

Safeguarding Your Employees Personal Data: How to Protect Employees, Your Company’s Reputation, and the Bottom Line (April 5, 2010) – Reprinted with permission Bloomberg Law Reports – Labor & Employment

Navigating the Waters of Alternative Fee Arrangements: Three Tips for Smooth Sailing (Spring 2010) – Reprinted with permission The Woman Advocate and the American Bar Association

Case Study: Arrigo V. Blue Fish (February 22, 2010) – Law360

Inside the Minds: Trends, Legislation, and Cases That Will Impact Employment Law in 2010 (January 2010) – Reprinted with permission Employment Law 2010 (©2010 Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books)

Gain Leverage with a 30(b)(6) Deposition (August 10, 2009) – Reprinted with permission from Bloomberg Law Reports

First 100 days and labor law (May 1, 2009) – Reprinted with permission from Daily Report

Safeguarding Trade Secrets Before, During and After a Reduction in Force (April 7, 2009) – Reprinted with permission from Employment Litigation Reporter

Awaiting Change: How the New President May Revolutionize the Face of Business Litigation (January 29, 2009) – Reprinted with permission Daily Report

Availability of Arbitration for Sarbanes- Oxley Whistle-Blower Claims (October 7, 2008) – Reprinted with permission Employment Litigation Reporter

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Retaliation Claims Under Section 1981 (June 2008) – Reprinted with permission Lorman Education Services Legal Update Newsletters

Offers of Judgment Ease Pain of SOX (May 2008) – Reprinted with permission Legal Times

Whistle-Blower Actions Under Sarbanes- Oxley (September 2007) – Reprinted with permission Employment Litigation Reporter

Selected Presentations

Social Etiquette (March 15, 2017) Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys’ (GABWA) Professional Development Academy

Litigation Success & Longevity: Effective Team Management (November 15, 2016) American Bar Association – Section of Litigation

Rightful Discharge & Retaliation (October 27, 2016) The Seminar Group’s 13th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

BYOD & Social Media in the Workplace: Managing Privacy and Legal Risks for Employers. (October 18, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Diversity in Corporate Law: The Imperative to Depart from Business as Usual (September 17, 2016) Harvard Law School’s Celebration of Black Alumni

Leveraging Our Collective Power (August 27, 2016) GABWA

Mobile Communications Marketing: Is Your Firm TCPA-Compliant? (August 23, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Effective Use of Rule 30(b)(6) in Litigation (July 12, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congres

BYOD, Mobile Devices & e-Discovery: Practical Tips to Take Advantage of Opportunities and Manage Challenges (June 23, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Alternative Fee Arrangements: Opportunities and Legal Challenges (April 20, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Mobile Data and BYOD: Mitigating eDiscovery and Data Breach Risks (April 4, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Servant Leadership (February 27, 2016) Golden Key International Honour Society

Billable Hour No More? Increased Use of Alternative Fee Arrangements in Litigation in 2016 and Beyond (February 18, 2016) The Knowledge Group/Knowledge Congress

Continuing Challenges and Opportunities Women Lawyers Face Today (February 10, 2016) Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia

Webcast: Corporate Wellness Program 101: What Your Firm Needs to Know (December 10, 2015) The Knowledge Group

Corporate Social Responsibility (December 3, 2015) Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta Holiday Luncheon

Leveraging Authenticity (October 13, 2015) Association of Corporate Counsel – Georgia Chapter

Dealing with the “High Maintenance” Employee (October 8, 2015) The Seminar Group’s 12th Annual Labor & Employment Law Program

Law School for Legal Marketers – A Dive Into Transactional and Litigation Principles (September 16, 2015) Legal Marketing Association

Trial Strategies (August 14, 2015) Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys’ (GABWA) Trial Masters Boot Camp

Defending Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions (May 27, 2015) Strafford Webinars

False Claims Act and Whistleblowers: What In-House Counsel Wants to Know (April 22, 2015) National Employment Law Council’s 2015 Conference

BYOD and Social Media: An Employer’s Perspective (April 21, 2015) ACC Georgia Value Challenge

Law Firm Economics 101 (March 26, 2015) The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.

Webinar: Top 10 Employer Resolutions for 2015 (February 19, 2015)

Addressing Whistleblower Issues (October 24, 2014) ICLE Georgia – 22nd Annual Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice Seminar

Winning Strategies for the Trial Lawyer (July 30, 2014) The National Bar Association

Opening Statements, Direct Examination Cross Examination, Closing Arguments (April 9, 2014) ABA Litigation Institute for Trial Training

Building Your Civil Trial Skills – A Defense’s View on How to Present an Effective Case at Trial (November 21, 2013) National Business Institute

Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance Ethics Forum – “The SEC’s Whistleblower Rules” (October 30, 2013) Practising Law Institute

Top 10 Tips to Navigate the Unwritten Rules in Your Workplace (September 16, 2013) Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Minimizing Your Litigation Costs in 2013 (August 1, 2013) The Knowledge Congress Webcast

There’s a Hole in My Pipeline: Redefining the Role of Law Firms, Corporations, and Law Schools in Pipeline Programming (April 24, 2013) NALP 2013 Annual Education Conference

On the Couch: An Interview with Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Esq. (March 27, 2013) The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.

Proceed with Caution: Avoiding Pitfalls & Perils in Internal Investigations (November 8, 2012) NAWL General Counsel Institute

Employment Laws Made Simple – If You’re Prepared to Be Sued, You’re Less Likely To Be Sued (April 25, 2012) National Business Institute Seminar

The Relationship between the ADA, FMLA, Worker’s Comp and School Board Leave Policies (December 1, 2011) Georgia Council of School Board Attorneys 2011 E. Freeman Leverett Law Seminar

The Intersection of Social Networking and Litigation (November 4, 2010) NAWL Sixth Annual General Counsel Institute: Managing Through Change: The New Normal

Standing Out in the Crowd: Effective Ways to Manage Assignments and Internal/External Clients (April 23, 2009) K&L Gates & CCWC® One-Day Career Strategies Conference for Law Firm Associates

The New Look of Diversity – Advising Business Clients on the Evolution in Diversity Initiatives (October 17, 2008 – October 18, 2008)

Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements (March 15, 2006) Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) 5th Annual CLE Expo