Allyson is a management-side employment attorney. She counsels businesses on the preventive measures they can take to avoid litigation; when litigation cannot be avoided, Allyson represents her clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies.
Allyson is a member of the Legal & Legislative Committee of the New England Human Resources Association; she also is a member of the committee tasked with redrafting the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Maternity (Parental) Leave Regulations; Allyson co-chairs the Mothers’ Forum section of the Women’s Bar Association.
In addition to her private practice, Allyson is a volunteer consultant to the Center for Women and Enterprise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. She also serves as the pro bono employment attorney to the Boston Debate League, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to support academic debate teams in local high schools.
Allyson has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbard, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. She also has been named a Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyer each year since 2011. Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, which consists of 1% of the attorneys in the state (Boston Magazine, April 2014; The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Review named Allyson one of its Women Leaders in the Law and one of its top-rated lawyers in New England. In 2011, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association named Allyson one of its “Up and Coming Lawyers.” This award is given annually to 20 attorneys who have been practicing 10 years or less but have already distinguished themselves in their field.
Prior to forming Kurker Paget LLC, Allyson worked at Kurker Law LLC. She also was an associate in the Labor & Employment group at Bingham McCutchen in Boston.
- Obtained a complete motion to dismiss for an IT consulting firm and an individually named executive, where a former employee complained that he had been misclassified as an independent contractor and that the company had terminated him in retaliation when he complained of the misclassification
- Member of a trial-team that obtained a defense verdict in a three-week employment discrimination jury trial for leading mutual fund management company where demand was $40 million
- Obtained a lack of probable cause finding for a university, where the former employee made allegations of gender and age discrimination
- Assisted a large accounting firm in managing the legal aspects of a substantial reduction in force
- Drafted an Employee Handbook for hundreds of employers who are members of the Retail Association of Massachusetts
- Successfully settled numerous wage and hour matters
- Negotiated separation agreements on behalf of both executives and businesses
- Obtained dismissal of a race discrimination case before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
- Assisted client to obtain an order granting a motion for summary judgment, dismissing breach of contract and related claims asserted against a mutual fund company
- Represented a website company in a Wage and Hour class action
- Conducted hundreds of sexual and other unlawful harassment prevention seminars
- Represented clients on a pro bono basis, including the Boston Debate League, the Center for Women and Enterprise, two Tibetan men seeking asylum in the United States, and an incarcerated individual claiming she was denied appropriate medical treatment.
Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of employment law concerns, some clients have asked to remain anonymous.
Allyson Kurker helped my business to address a difficult employment law issue and she also brought our Employer Handbook into employment law compliance. When a terminated employee threatened to sue us, I was much relieved that we already had established a professional relationship with Allyson. She represented us and it concluded very well. In addition to her specialized legal expertise and knowledge, Allyson has the skills of a gifted lawyer. She listens carefully and is real-world practical in her legal advice. It is palpable that her mission is to create the best outcome for her clients. Allyson’s fees are very competitive and she works quickly and efficiently. As an executive with over 45 years of experience working in small to mid-size businesses, I have dealt with several law firms around employment law and pre-litigation issues. Allyson Kurker is the best employment law lawyer I have used in my business career and I recommend her without qualification. CEO, health care company
Thank you so much for leading our non-profit Executive Director Roundtable participants through a most informative discussion on employee law this morning! You were knowledgeable yet down to earth, and made the subject matter completely understandable. What made it even more valuable was how you encouraged the group to share their policies for dealing with compliance of the law. I’d give this morning a big thumbs up. Joan Kulash, Executive Director, Jericho Road Project
A lot of valuable information was shared in a very short time frame. I was impressed with Allyson’s knowledge and her practical approach to navigating wage and hour compliance in the Private Care world. The committee did a fine job in their attorney selection. Member, Health Care Alliance
Allyson is one of the smartest lawyers I know and she has excellent judgment and communication skills. Attorney in Private Practice
Our organization recently benefited from Allyson Kurker’s pro bono help with developing our Employee Handbook. She has been extremely thorough, knowledgeable, patient, reliable, and very pleasant to work with. She offered some great advice and took time to think about various HR situations that were very particular to our organization. We would absolutely love to work with Allyson again and would recommend her services to other organizations. Steve Stein, Executive Director, Boston Debate League
Allyson is an extraordinarily talented attorney, combining her business instincts and sound judgment with her legal insights to help clients solve their problems and achieve their objectives. Attorney in Private Practice
Attorney Kurker has a comprehensive knowledge of Employment Law. She is thorough, diligent, and responsive. She was very attentive in listening to what my goals were in attempting to resolve a dispute, and extremely successful in achieving them. It is very refreshing to work with an attorney that is focused on resolving a matter as efficiently as possible, without being interested in creating unnecessary billable hours. I would highly recommend Allyson Kurker for any employment law matter, or for any company that is seeking counsel on how to improve its employment practices. Owner, Realty Management Company
Allyson is a go-getter lawyer who not only mounts an aggressive defense of employers, but she also understands the business goals of her clients and never loses sight of such goals in carrying out her clients’ objectives. Attorney in Private Practice
Over the past few years I have retained the services of Allyson Kurker with complete satisfaction and exceptional results. Her knowledge of employment law is outstanding and she always presents a high degree of professionalism. Allyson is exceptional listener, highly responsive and most importantly, effective. I highly recommend her. Director, Visiting Angels Home Care
As a company owner with over 20 employees in Massachusetts I cannot help but be paranoid about employee liabilities. In 2011 we decided to hire Attorney Kurker to assist us in developing a company Employee handbook. Her work was great, she knows all the laws inside out and she did a great job at explaining them in simple terms and telling us the true chances of various issues. Our Handbook is now used often by staff and everyone appreciates it. It provides consistency throughout the organization which is key. I highly recommend her for these types of legal Services. Anthony Lamacchia, Broker/Owner-CEO of McGeough Lamacchia Realty Inc.
Excellent lawyer with terrific expertise and manner. In House Counsel
Allyson provides her clients and colleagues with timely notification of important changes in the law and analyzes the potential impact of these changes on the clients’ businesses. She is a welcome resource for tough questions about employment law. Allyson is very dedicated to her clients. She works hard to deliver quality legal services tailored to their specific needs. Attorney in Private Practice
Allyson has been a wonderful resource for my firm as we grew over the past few years! Allyson Kurker knows the ins and outs of employment law and really helped me understand the law and how to comply with it. I have confidently passed out her name many times to other employers as well as to employees needing legal assistance and am glad to know she’s always there for us! Hillery Dorner, Dorner Law & Title Service
I first learned about Allyson through a webinar about employment regulations and practices. Her presentation was very clear and answered many of my questions. When I had more specific questions related to my non-profit I called her. She was very helpful and responsive. She is a great resource for an organization like ours. Big enough to have employment related legal issues not big enough to have a whole Human Resource department. Director, Family Nurturing Center
We hired Allyson to help us resolve a lawsuit filed by a former employee. She listened to our concerns and provided thoughtful advice about how to resolve the lawsuit with minimal disruption to our team. With her help, we were able to settle the matter for far less than the plaintiff initially sought and put the matter behind us. CEO, Massachusetts based environment services company
Allyson has more than fifteen years of experience working with primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, to prevent and respond to sexual and other forms of discrimination. Over the past several years, Allyson has worked with higher education institutions to advise on the creation and revision of Title IX policies and procedures, and has conducted nearly 30 investigations of sexual misconduct. She has also advised institutions on responding to audits conducted by the federal Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
A number of organizations have recognized Allyson for her work as an employment attorney, including:
- Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2017 (Boston Magazine)
- Selected for Acquisition International’s 2016’s Outstanding Women in Business award.
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Boston Magazine, 2013-2016)
- Massachusetts Rising Stars (Boston Magazine, 2011-2012)
- Top Women Attorneys In Massachusetts, Rising Stars (Boston Magazine)
- Top Women Attorneys In Massachusetts, a list which consists of 1% of the state’s attorneys (Boston Magazine)
- New England’s Top Rated Lawyers (The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Review)
- Women Leaders in the Law (The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Review)
- Awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbard (4.9 out of 5). An AV Preeminent rating “is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers & Rising Stars as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2011 and 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. This list is compiled and published each year in Boston Magazine.
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Associations “Up and Coming Lawyers“. Awarded annually to 20 attorneys who have been practicing 10 years or less but have already distinguished themselves in their field.
- Featured in the Boston Business Journal article, “Lawyers Shine Their First Year Out”
- Guest Lecturer, Law for the Entrepreneur in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College (April 2016)
- Boston College Center for Work and Family: Parental Leave Seminar (April 2015)
- Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts: Massachusetts Sick Leave Law (February 2015)
- Retailers Association of Massachusetts: Massachusetts Sick Leave Law (March 2015)
- Lasell College, Helping Faculty Understanding Their Title IX Obligations (August 2014)
- Faculty, Employment Law Landmines in Social Media, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 2013)
- Faculty, Tools & Technology Tips To Deliver Big Firm Results on a Small Firm Budget, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 2013)
- Conducting Effective Internal Investigations, in conjunction with Creative Services Inc., Henderson House, Weston, MA (June 2013)
- Facebook vs. Handbook: Handling Discipline & Terminations that Involve Social Media, NEHRA Small Business Committee (April 2013)
- What’s Around the Corner? Agency Initiatives for the Coming Year (NEHRA, April 2013)
- Why Involuntary Terminations Go Wrong, Human Resources Directors’ Group, OI Partners (March 2013)
- Human Resources Considerations for Entrepreneurs, Center for Women & Enterprise (Dec. 2012)
- Moderator of the FMLA panel presentation to the NorthEast Contact Center Forum (Sept. 2012)
- Wage & Hour Program for the Health Care Alliance (Chicopee and Boston – May 2012)
- Lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law (March 2012)
- What Employers Need to Know about Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws (Sept. 2011)
- Don’t Let a Day at the Beach Land You in Hot Water: Understanding Employer Responsibility and Liability at Off-Site Social Functions (NEHRA Webinar, June 2011)
- Your Employment Law Toolkit: What Employers Need To Know About Massachusetts Employment Law (Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, February 2011)
- Work-Life Balance Seminar for Law Students (Women’s Bar Association, December 2010)
- Your Employment Law Toolkit: What Employers Need To Know About Massachusetts Employment Law (Visiting Angels of New England, October 2010)
- Boston Bar Association panel “How to find a job in a down economy” (October 2010, Boston College Law School)
- Employment Law for Business, Small (and Not So Small): Landmines and Checklists (New England Human Resources Association, September 2010)
- “Life is a Balancing Act” (MassMutual Financial Group, April 2010)
- Litigating a Case at the MCAD (August 2008, Bingham McCutchen)
- Co-Author, Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin Discrimination, Massachusetts Employment Law (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2013 and 2015)
- Massachusetts Enacts Parental Leave Law
- What Employers Need to Know About the New Massachusetts Sick Leave Law
- 10 Tips for Investigating Sexual Harassment
- Time to Review Your Non-Solicit and Non-Compete Agreements
- Host a Summer Party Without Getting Burned
- Mass High Court Rules Out-of-State Contractors Subject to MA Wage Laws
- Don’t Get Burned by Summer Interns
- Federal Court Offers Guidance re Arbitration of Employments Claims
- The Business Case for Flexibility
- Are Your Workplace Posters Up to Date?
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
- Office Romances Gone Awry
- Temporary Workers, Permanent Obligations
- Managing the Haze of the Medical Marijuana Law
- SJC Refuses to Enforce General Release of Wage Act
- State Announces Increased Efforts to Crack Down on Illegal Use of Independent Contractors
- Retaliation Claims that Cost Big
- On the Road: Determining Whether Travel Time Must Be Compensated
- Back to School: Debunking the Unpaid Intern Myth
- First Circuit Advises Re Employment Applications
- Round 2 of CORI Reform
- Massachusetts Extends Protection to Transgender Employees
- MA High Court Rules on Whether Employee Who Accepted Incentive-Based Lay Off Is Entitled to Unemployment
- How Employers Can Host a Summer Party Without Getting Burned
- MA High Court Extends Retaliation Protection: Rules Company Retaliated Against Former Employee 2 Years Post-Employment
- EEOC Issues Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA
- 1st Circuit Rules Employer Took Adequate Steps to Stop Harassment
- Supreme Court Rules Employer Search of Racy Texts Did Not Violate Employees’ Privacy
- Give Her A Break: Reasonable Break Time Afforded Nursing Mothers
- Personnel Records Amendment Places Increased Burden on Employers
- A Winter Wonderland Is Predicted: Do You Have A Plan?
- MCAD Issues Fact Sheet: Provides CORI Interpretation and Guidance
- Co-author, “Employers Bear the Burden Regarding Layoff Criteria,” Bingham.com (June 24, 2008)
Activities and Admissions
- Featured in Skirting the Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts
- Committee Member to redraft the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s Maternity (Parental) Leave Regulations
- Volunteer Consultant to the Center for Women and Enterprise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own business
- Member, Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) Legal and Legislative Committee
- Admitted to practice in Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; United States Supreme Court.
- Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
- Connecticut College, Bachelor of Arts, Economics