Allison O’Neil’s practice includes white collar investigations, internal investigations, employment matters, and complex business litigation. Allison has experience representing independent schools seeking to address allegations of wrongdoing. Allison’s clients are companies and individuals facing False Claims Act investigations, FCPA investigations and internal investigations related to employment matters and compliance.
Allison also has extensive experience in the litigation of employment issues, business torts, contract disputes, and fiduciary duty claims arising in closely-held companies and partnerships. She has briefed and argued cases in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Allison has experience in crisis management and media and government relations. Her clients include businesses, executives, and professionals in financial services, health care and other regulated industries.
Allison also has extensive trial experience in a variety of white collar matters. She is uniquely suited to represent clients who face complex investigations, enforcement actions and compliance issues. Allison understands the impact a government investigation can have on business and tries to pre-empt the financial impact of such an investigation.
As a former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney, she prosecuted a wide variety of matters, including rape, fraud, and civil rights cases in Superior Court. Allison was a member of the prosecution team that tried and convicted John Geoghan, a defrocked priest, for child abuse.
Allison serves on the Board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and is actively involved with fundraising for the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Locke Lord.
Representative Experience :
- Represented a large healthcare company in a state Attorney General investigation into a whistleblower’s false claims act allegations with no action taken by the state
- Represented an individual in a complex business dispute with former venture capital firm, specializing in early and late-stage life sciences investing. The case involved issues of fiduciary duty, fraud, accounting, and breaches of contract. Obtained full dismissal of all claims against the individual and an award in the client’s favor valued over $15 million.
- Represented an international privately-owned shoe company and related foundation in all aspects of start-up including drafting the distributorship agreements, employee handbook and employment agreements for key employees
- Defended a textile company against discrimination and Wage Act claims. Obtained dismissal of all claims through motions to dismiss and for summary judgment.
- Represented the President of a medical facility construction company in a commercial bribery case brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The matter was resolved short of trial on terms favorable to the individual, who continues to work in the field of medical facility construction.
- Represented a Nantucket based restaurant. Handled offering materials, employment agreements and a related criminal matter once the restaurant was open.
- Represented the President of a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company who was charged with conspiracy in Federal Court. The case was resolved with the President receiving a straight probationary term and a modest restitution order.
Professional Affiliations :
- Member, Boston Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section
- Member, American Bar Association – White Collar Crime Division
- J.D., Boston College Law School
- B.A., Georgetown University, Academic All-American, Lacrosse
Admissions : Massachusetts
Admitted To Practice :
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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