Allison D. Balus primarily represents management clients in federal and state court employment litigation and arbitration. She has substantial experience defending and counseling clients in class/collective actions, involving claims under the FLSA and other wage and hour laws, the ADA, GINA, and the TCPA. Her successes in these class actions have been at the presuit, class certification, trial, and appellate levels.
Allison’s litigation experience also includes federal and state court jury and bench trials in FLSA, Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, whistleblower, and breach of contract cases. She has represented employers in the transportation, retail, food processing, health care, manufacturing, marketing, professional staffing, and fast-food industries, among others. In addition, Allison defends employers against charges of discrimination before state and federal agencies, and counsels and advocates for employers on a range of employment issues, including drafting and enforcing non-compete agreements, compliance with state and federal employment laws, and responding to civil subpoenas.
Allison’s practice also includes Fair Housing counseling and litigation. She represents property managers, developers, builders, design professionals, and non-profit organizations in all aspects of fair housing and public accommodation law. Since 2005, she has participated in Federal fair housing litigation in a number of different states and has represented property managers and owners in defending HUD discrimination charges. In addition, she provides Fair Housing training, as well as training on Affordable Rural Multi-Family Housing and the Section 3560 regulations, to property owners and managers across the country.
In 2002, Allison was conferred her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, with distinction, in English and French from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999.
Allison serves on the Executive Committee for the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Section and has been an Contributing Editor for The Fair Labor Standards Act (BNA). She appeared on Benchmark Litigation’s nationwide “Under 40 Hot List” in 2016 and 2017. She is a Preferred Legal Services Provider for Tyson Foods, Inc.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2002
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.A., with distinction, English and French, 1999
Professional & Civic Affiliations
- American Bar Association- Labor & Employment Law Section, FLSL Subcommittee
- Nebraska State Bar Association, Executive Committee for Labor Relations and Employment Law Section (2014—2017), Co-Chair (2017)
- Rose Theater Board of Trustees (2011— present)
- Leadership Omaha, Class 38 (2015—2016)
- Women’s Fund Circles Group (2012—2015)
- Girls’ Inc. GirlFRIENDS Guild (2007—2013), President (2011—-2013)
- ICAN Influence Program, Graduate (2007—2008)
- Delta Gamma, Kappa Chapter House Corporation Board (2007—2013)
- Wage and Hour Defense Institute (2018—present)
- Litigation Counsel of America (2018—present)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Iowa, 2011
- Nebraska, 2005
- District of Columbia, 2003
- Virginia, 2002
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Selected Practice Highlights
- Jury and appellate verdicts in favor of employer in FLSA and state wage and hour law collective/class actions
- Summary judgment and dismissal on behalf of employers in actions brought by former employees involving claims of misclassification as independent contractors; age, race, gender, disability and genetic information discrimination; whistleblower retaliation; wrongful termination in violation of public policy; failure to provide reasonable accommodation; breach of contract; promissory estoppel; First Amendment; and harassment
- Successful opposition of plaintiff’s motion to conditionally certify collective action in FLSA case
- Stipulated injunctions for clients against former employees for violations of non-compete agreements and breaches of duty of loyalty
- Order striking Plaintiff’s collective action allegations based on enforcement of a class action waiver
- Award of over $300,000 in damages and over $250,000 in fees and costs for group home provider for persons with disabilities against a municipality for its failure to grant a reasonable accommodation from its zoning ordinances