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Lori McAllister General Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1986

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude

Central Michigan University, B.S., summa cum laude

Ms. McAllister is resident in the Lansing, Michigan office and is the Firm's General Counsel. She has practiced law with Dykema since 1986.

Experience

Ms. McAllister's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and the defense of class action lawsuits. She also serves as outside general counsel to both public and privately held companies, advising on such issues as corporate governance, compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, and audit committee responsibilities.

Ms. McAllister recently served as lead defense counsel in a class action lawsuit filed against the insurance industry, which resulted in a complete defense victory and a reported decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals establishing the framework for the application of the federal racketeering laws to the automobile insurance industry. She also successfully defended a proposed class action where the plaintiff sought $2.1 billion.

Ms. McAllister also maintains an active practice before the Insurance Division of the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Services, and has successfully represented clients in cases before the Insurance Division where tens of millions of dollars were at issue. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. McAllister acted as the lead attorney in three of the four conversions of Michigan mutual insurance companies into stock companies under Michigan’s demutualization statute. Two of those companies traded on Nasdaq, and the third is privately held.

Executive Responsibilities

Ms. McAllister serves as General Counsel to the Firm, and has previously served as a member of the law Firm’s Executive Board.

Ms. McAllister is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ingham County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. McAllister is a regular speaker at the Network of Trial Law Firms, and has presented speeches to professional organizations on privacy laws, the use of lawyers by small businesses, insurance issues, and the U.S. Patriot Act.

On October 1, 2002, Ms. McAllister was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to a three year term on the Attorney Discipline Board, the adjudicatory arm of the Supreme Court for attorney discipline matters.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Named by Best Lawyers® as Lansing Bet-the Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year," 2016

Named by Best Lawyers® as Lansing Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012, 2017

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America­® for Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Banking & Finance Litigation, 2005-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Class Action/Mass Tort Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Insurance Coverage, Class Action/Mass Torts, Administrative Law, Securities Litigation, and Business Litigation, 2007-Present

Named one of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Michigan 2009-2011

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell