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Allison N. Genard

Associate
Union Trust Building, Suite 700
501 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 803-3475
(412) 803-1188 - Fax
angenard@mdwcg.com

Allison is a member of the Professional Liability Department where her practice is focused on representing public officials. She works diligently with the clients from the initial phases of litigation through trial. Allison has represented employers, including municipalities and municipal entities, in employment and civil rights litigation. In addition, Allison has represented employers in administrative proceedings before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board, and other administrative units."

Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, cum lade, from Saint Vincent College, as a member of the Honors Program, in 2008. She then earned her juris doctor at Duquesne University in 2011.

During her time in law school, Allison participated in the ABA Moot Arbitration Competition and wrote for the Duquesne Criminal Law Journal. She also participated in the Ireland study abroad program in the summer of 2009. Prior to graduating, Allison clerked for the City of Pittsburgh Law Department. During her undergraduate studies, Allison played for the Saint Vincent's Women's Soccer team, minored in Spanish and Criminal Justice, and studied abroad in Australia and Mexico.

Following graduation, Allison worked for a Pittsburgh firm representing police officers from various municipalities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including City of Pittsburgh police, in civil rights litigitation and labor and employment matters. Allison also served private clients in  personal injury matters and drafting estate documents.

Allison is also an adjunct professor at Saint Vincent College. She has taught Urban Street Gang Prosecutions and Research, Writing and Advocacy as undergraduate courses. She has also provided training to the City of Pittsburgh Police Department on the arbitration and grievances processes and civil rights litigation.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • How the Defense Gets the Case Thrown Out: Qualified Immunity and Other Considerations, Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish, NBI, November 14, 2017

  • Obtaining Information to Make or Break a Claim, Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish, NBI, November 14, 2017

Published Works

  • Case Law Alerts, contributor, April 2018-present

  • "Being Unarmed Does Not Preclude Deadly Force," Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer's Journal, May 28, 2015

  • "75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3802(a)(1) Is a "While Driving" Offense: Commonwealth v. Segida," Duquesne University Criminal Law Journal, November 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Allegheny County Pro Bono Divorce Law Project, 2013-present

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (J.D., 2011)

    Activities and Societies: Phi Alpha Delta

    Activities: Criminal Law Journal Writer

    Activities: ABA 2009 Moot Arbitration Competition Participant

    Award: CALI Award for Professional Responsibility

  • Saint Vincent University (B.S., 2008)

    Major: Psychology

    Minors: Spanish and Criminal Justice

    Member: Psi Chi Honor Society 

Law Alerts October 1, 2019
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Schmehl found that an involuntary commitment for observation pursuant to Section 302 of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (50 P.S. § 7302) is not an adjudication or commitment under 18 U.S.C...., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The District Court dismissed all of the plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. §1983 claims against the individual defendants and the City of Newark, finding that he had not adequately pled Fourth Amendment violations or a custom of warrantless searches..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The Borough of Elwood City hired a Chief of Police in 2010 outside of the Civil Service Commission procedure and subject to an employment agreement, which stated the Chief was an at-will employee. The Borough voted to eliminate the position of Chief..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2018
The defendant moved to suppress evidence obtained during the execution of a search warrant by an officer who did not have any firsthand knowledge of the facts creating probable cause for the warrant. The trial court denied the defendant’s..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Dec 1, 2017
The defense obtained a unanimous, precedential decision in the Third Circuit reversing a federal district court’s denial of qualified immunity for our police officer clients. The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a bullet fired by...
Aug 30, 2017
Our attorneys obtained a unanimous, precedential decision in the Third Circuit reversing a federal district court’s denial of qualified immunity for their police officer clients.  The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a bullet...

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
  • Saint Vincent College (B.S., 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2014

Associations & Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Notaries Association

Year Joined Organization: 2017

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