Allyson K. Thompson

Allyson K. Thompson

Partner
Location:
Irvine, California
Phone:
949-345-1621
Fax:
949-261-8800
Email:

In January of 2005, Allyson K. Thompson joined Kring & Chung. On January 1, 2015, she was elevated to partner. Ms. Thompson was raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii. In 2004, Ms. Thompson earned her Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law in Sacramento, receiving honors for her oral arguments in Moot Court. Ms. Thompson brings five years of legislative experience to Kring & Chung, having worked for the Judicial Council's Office of Governmental Affairs, the California Redevelopment Association, and as a volunteer for Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg.

Her practice consists of labor and employment issues, including the following:

  • Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII claims, including race, national origin, age, gender, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation
  • Wrongful termination in violation of public policy
  • Whistleblower actions
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Labor Code § 132(a) claims before Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
  • Hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
  • Hearings before the California Labor Commissioner and Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Wage and hour claims

Ms. Thompson also counsels employers regarding:

  • Preparation and assessment of employee handbooks
  • Audit and compliance review of existing employee handbooks, and policies and procedures
  • In-house seminars on sexual harassment rules and regulations for foreign and domestic employers
  • Pre-disciplinary or termination counseling
  • Negotiation of severance packages
  • Investigations
  • Reorganizations, reductions in force and plant closings (WARN Act)
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Leave laws (FMLA and CFRA)
  • Arbitration and other dispute resolution procedures
  • Protection of proprietary information and trade secrets

Ms. Thompson has also represented employers in actions against employees in matters involving:

  • Theft or misappropriation of Trade Secrets
  • Breach of confidentiality provisions
  • Legality of covenants not to compete

As a result of a practice representing both employees and employers, Ms. Thompson is able to anticipate opposing counsel's strategies and far more effectively represent her clients. Ms. Thompson has a reputation for courtesy and professionalism, while aggressively advocating on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Thompson is a member of the California State Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers.  Ms. Thompson currently serves as the President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.

Ms. Thompson lectures to statewide business organizations as well as to private businesses and associations throughout the Southern California area on avoiding employment related litigation, wage and hour issues, discrimination, preparing employee handbooks and company policies, updates as to legislative changes to State and Federal labor laws and sexual harassment and management issues.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2005

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

Education

  • Lincoln Law School, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Recipient, Oral Arguments in Moot Court
  • University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013 - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • 48th Congressional District on behalf of Society for Human Resource Management, Advocacy Captain
  • Society for Human Resource Management , Member
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association, President
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association, President-Elect
  • Orange County Women's Lawyer Association, Board of Directors
  • California State Bar, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg