Allison N. Genard


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

U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
Saint Vincent College (B.S., 2008)
Associations & memberships
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Notaries Association
Year joined