Margaret Carroll Alli


Meg Alli has focused her practice on the representation and counseling of management concerning the umbrella of employment laws and regulations affecting corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. She has defended employers, schools and colleges in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration proceedings.  Meg has also served as select counsel for employment practices liability insurance carriers and represented employers in wage/hour litigation and “class” challenges to pay practices and exempt classifications.

In addition to litigation, a focus of Meg’s practice is preventative counseling, auditing and training for management on a wide range of issues, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and complex wage and hour requirements under state and federal law, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  In particular, Meg has counseled employers concerning their document retention policies and practices, including best practices for preserving electronic information. Meg has extensive experience in developing and implementing company policies on these subjects and frequently lectures to management groups, professional associations and educational institutions on employment issues.

Ms. Alli is also a member of the Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Practice Group and regularly assists federal contractors and subcontractors in developing effective and practical compliance strategies. She has also defended many national employers in connection with OFCCP reviews of their Michigan facilities. Ms. Alli works closely with clients in preparing for OFCCP reviews, including on-site visits, in order to identify and address any potential compliance issues ahead of time, as well as providing on-the-ground support and defense during site visits by OFCCP representatives.

For years, Meg has dedicated a portion of her practice to education law.  She represents many non-public schools and universities on a variety of employment and education legal topics.  Active in her community, Meg served on the Board of Directors of a private educational institution and was the Reporter for the Governor of Michigan’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in 1994.

Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Meg was a partner in the Detroit area firm, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, PLC., where she represented management and educational institutions in all facets of labor, employment and education matters.

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  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a large automotive supplier on class-wide claims of failure to provide proper WARN Notice.
  • Obtained summary dismissal and sanctions in favor of a national manufacturer of food products faced with class allegations of unpaid overtime.
  • Worked with a team to defeat class certification in a purported class of nearly 200 production and maintenance supervisors seeking overtime pay under state law patterned after the FLSA.
  • Obtained summary dismissal of a purported class action by hundreds of claims adjusters for overtime pay under Michigan law.
  • Served as local counsel to a multi-line insurance carrier in a nationwide FLSA collective action contesting classification of claims adjusters.
  • Legal counsel on a core corporate team that designed and implemented a system to integrate FMLA procedures with collectively bargained medical time off policies.
  • Developed and implemented an audit of FLSA exempt classifications and payroll practices for a national manufacturer.
  • Designed workforce reduction packages and negotiated numerous executive separation agreements.

Education and Honors


J.D., magna cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 1985
B.A., magna cum laude, Michigan State University, 1981

Honors and Awards: 
  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA (2014)
  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1985 to present (Labor and Employment Law Section, 1985 to present; Committee on Civil Procedure, 1990 – 1993; Committee on Mandatory Legal Education, 2000)
  • Oakland County Bar Association, 1986 to present; Chair, Young Lawyer Committee, 1989 – 1990; Diversity Committee, 2009 to present; Sustaining Member, 2002 to present; Screener, Judicial Candidate Forum, (50th District Court), 2008; Panelist, Judicial Candidate Forum, (45B District Court), 2008; Membership Committee, 2002 – 2003; Nominating Committee, 2007 – 2009; Speaker, Oakland Schools Project, 1999)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow Member, 2004 to present)
  • Reporter, Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence (1994)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2000 – 2008)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) (1999 to present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Oakland Mediation Center, Oakland County, Michigan (2011)
  • Ultimate Software HR Workshop - "The Three C's of FLSA Compliance: Classifying, Counting and Calculating" - Detroit - June 12, 2014
  • Cooley Law School - "The Three C’s of Wage and Hour Compliance" - Auburn Hills - July 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 22nd Annual Business Law Institute - "Employment and Labor Issues Before, During and After the Sale of a Business" - Grand Rapids - May 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - "When the HR Manager is a Key Witness" - Plymouth - April 2010
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute - "But I Am The Company Lawyer, Really I Am! The Attorney – Client Privilege and the Role of In-House Counsel" - Plymouth - April 2009
  • National Employment Law Institute (NELI), Wage and Hour Conference - "Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act" - Washington, D.C. - June 2008
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2nd Annual Family & Closely Held Business Institute - "Interviewing and Hiring New Employees" - Plymouth - October 2007
  • National Employment Law Institute (NELI), Human Resources Conference - "Architecture of an Internal Human Resources Audit" - Washington, D.C. - May 2007
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 18th Annual Business Law Institute - "Adopting E-mail, Computer and Technology Policies" - Mt. Pleasant - June 2006
  • Greater Ann Arbor Society of Human Resources Management (GAA SHRM) - "The Triangle – Is it Workers’ Compensation, ADA or FMLA?" - Ann Arbor - April 2005
  • Lorman Education Services - "How to Set Up An HR Department in Michigan: The Nuts and Bolts" - Troy - September 2004
  • Lorman Education Services - "Post-Termination Issues in Michigan" - Troy - June 2004
  • Sterling Education Services - "“The Fair Labor Standards Act" - Southfield - March 2004
  • Council on Education in Management - "FMLA Update" - Grand Rapids - July 2003
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), Controllership Conference - "Employment Law Update" - Livonia - October 2002

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