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Alison B. Crane


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Alison B. Crane is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. With an exclusive focus on representing management in workplace law and related litigation, Ms. Crane defends employers before federal and state courts, and administrative agencies, throughout the Midwest.

Ms. Crane’s practice covers the spectrum of employment litigation, including federal and state claims, and individual and class action lawsuits. She has handled cases involving claims of race, age, disability, and sex discrimination, as well as breach of contract, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wage-hour claims.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Crane regularly represents employers in responding to administrative charges before federal, state, and local agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Illinois Department of Labor. She counsels employers regarding various employment law issues, including wage-hour compliance, and negotiates and prepares employment and separation agreements.  In addition, Ms. Crane reviews and revises employee handbooks and works with employers to update their personnel policies. She assists employers in a wide variety of industries, with particular experience in the health care, gaming and hospitality, and financial services fields.

Ms. Crane is committed to educating the legal and human resources communities on key issues and trends in employment law. To that end, she frequently publishes and speaks on an assortment of topics.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Crane was Co-Chair of the Employment Litigation & Counseling Practice Group of a Chicago-based litigation firm. In this position, Ms. Crane tried multiple cases to verdict and represented clients in complex state and federal court matters involving allegations of civil rights violations, medical negligence, product liability claims, commercial disputes, and general tort liability.

While attending law school, she was an Editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review. Ms. Crane was also a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy, was a recipient of the Valparaiso University Public Service Scholarship, and was awarded a Commendation for her commitment to pro-bono legal service.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division, Emerging Lawyer (2015)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Steering Committee, Employment Law Committee
  • The Northwest Human Resources Council
  • Valparaiso University School of Law Chicago Alumni Council

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October 23, 2018

Alison Crane and Neil Dishman Author "Illinois Law Addresses Employee Business Expense Reimbursement"

October 23, 2018

Alison Crane and Neil Dishman author "Illinois Law Addresses Employee Business Expense Reimbursement," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 1, 2018
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Alison Crane Comments on the DOL's New Guidelines for Unpaid Internships

February 1, 2018

Alison Crane comments on the DOL approving a new test for unpaid interns offering the potential of increased flexibility for employers in "Will unpaid internships make a comeback in light of new guidelines?" published by HR Dive. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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December 12, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2019

December 12, 2019

Our quarterly report takes a look back at the most significant class action developments over the last year, including litigation trends, court decisions, and legislative and regulatory changes that are certain to invite class litigation. We discuss: The proliferation of independent contractor claims Noteworthy class... Read More

September 17, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2019

September 17, 2019

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: California Consumer Privacy Act breaks new ground GDPR set the course State consumer privacy and security laws likely to proliferate... Read More

June 24, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2019

June 24, 2019

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Who gets notice of a collective action – and why it matters Arbitration agreements Considerations regarding whether to adopt or continue... Read More

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Intern or Employee? When “Take Your Children to Work” Day Backfires
October 18, 2017

In late April each year, tens of millions of employees and millions of employers participate in Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Read More

By Alison B. Crane and Matthew A. Klein