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B.A., With Honors, Princeton University 1966

J.D., Yale Law School 1969                

Admitted to Practice: State of Illinois; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, District of Arizona

Thomas D. Allison was a founding shareholder in Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C. He has practiced law since 1971, concentrating in union-side labor law, employee benefits law, individual employment law, and litigation. From 1971 through 1994, he practiced law with the firm of Cotton, Watt, Jones & King. He is a graduate of The Yale Law School. Tom became ‘of counsel’ to the firm effective January 1, 2015.

Mr. Allison devotes a substantial part of his practice to the representation of unions, employees, and employee benefit funds in the printing and graphic arts industries. Mr. Allison represents local unions throughout the United States affiliated with the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (formerly the Graphic Communications International Union), as well as the Graphic Communications Conference on specific matters. Mr. Allison has been particularly involved in litigation involving the impact of computer technology in the printing industry, and has spoken at several conferences on those issues.

Mr. Allison represents other labor organizations, as well as individuals with employment and discrimination problems. He is also experienced in general litigation and the representation of private foundations and non-profit organizations.

In addition to practicing before numerous state and federal courts, Mr. Allison appears regularly in labor arbitrations, and before federal and state agencies including the National Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the United States and Illinois Departments of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.             

Mr. Allison is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He has taught labor education courses at De Paul University, Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Allison is an editor of The Developing Labor Law, and has served on numerous bar association panels on labor and employment issues. Mr. Allison served as a Trustee of the Chicago Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund from 1985 until 1991, pursuant to appointments by Chicago Mayors Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer.


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