Margaret Carroll Alli - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Margaret Carroll Alli

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

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.

Michigan State UniversityBA 1981Wayne State UniversityJ.D. 1985
Governor's Task Force on Domestic ViolenceNational Association of College and University AttorneysAdvisory Board, Oakland Mediation Center, Oakland County, Michigan Oakland County Bar Association

Case History

  • 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.
Published Works
  • February 11, 2013 - - "Deaf Applicant for Lifeguard Job Entitled to Trial"
  • June 18, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "High Court Rules Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Are Exempt From FLSA's Overtime Requirements"
  • October 11, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: The 3 "C's" of Auditing FLSA Compliance"

Office Location

34977 Woodward Avenue, Suite 300
Birmingham, MI 48009
United States

Practice Areas

Education Law
Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment