Alison Kosinski, Partner
Alison represents individuals in all matters related to the workplace. She brings to each case a passion and commitment to justice that has been part of her for years. After graduating from Cornell University with honors in Government and Asian Studies, Alison continued her studies in Taiwan, and there decided to return to her native Boston to attend law school.
“I went to law school to gain tools to change people’s lives.” As a law student, Alison represented Chinese-speaking clients in employment and immigration matters. Alison went on to graduate suma cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.
“The Bay Area brings together people from all over the world and from every background. I am proud to call it my home.” After graduating from law school in 2008, Alison was admitted to practice law in California. She clerked for the Honorable R. Marc Kantrowitz of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where she analyzed the strengths and viability of appellate legal arguments. A year later, Alison moved to the Bay Area to pursue her career in employment law.
“I learned the ins and outs of all areas of employment law.”
Alison has many years of working in employment law. She gained invaluable experience working for four years at a medium-size California law firm that exclusively practiced employment law. Alison handled numerous cases involving wage and hour laws, including failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal breaks, and misclassification of employees as exempt. During that time Alison also wrote extensively and presented workshops throughout the State on current changes to wage and hour laws. Alison handled cases involving workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation as well.
“Being part of a team with my client, representing their interests to my fullest—that’s what I love about being a lawyer.” After gaining experience in a larger firm, Alison decided to pursue her dream of using her legal skills to represent employees. She now works with individuals on all types of employment matters, from failure to pay overtime to workplace discrimination to wrongful termination. Alison brings an open ear and a thoughtful approach to each case. Please contact Alison if you or someone you know has not received fair compensation or has experienced unfair treatment at work.
“I am honored to use my training as a lawyer to change people’s lives.” Alison has volunteered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco representing immigrants who seek safety in this country. Recently Alison obtained asylum and ultimately permanent residence for a man fleeing persecution in his home country based on his sexual orientation. She now represents an individual who was a victim of violent crime in California seek lawful status in this country.
“Giving back to Bay Area residents, whether two- or four-footed, fills my heart.” While not practicing law, Alison may be seen biking around San Francisco or assisting animals in need. Alison has been a regular volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA for the past eight years. Alison lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andy, their daughter, Nathelina, and their two cats, Galoshes and Hop.
State Bar Admission
Alison was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2008.
Alison is admitted to the U.S. District Courts in the Northern District and Central District of California.
Alison was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star and included in San Francisco Magazine's list of "Top Women Attorneys in Northern California" in 2016 and in 2017.
Professional Associations and Memberships
California Employment Lawyers Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (Pro Bono Asylum Attorney)
AIDS Legal Referral Panel (Pro Bono Immigration Attorney)
San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA)
U.S. Supreme Court Defines "Changing Clothes" under the FLSA, Overruling Ninth Circuit Definition, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, January 29, 2014.
CalSTRS Issues Circular Notice Allowing Employers that Did NotTimely Offer Employees the Right to Elect a Retirement System when Changing Positions an Opportunity to Correct Error, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, January 2, 2014.
Automatic Deduction Policies – How to Ensure They Comply with the FLSA, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, April 2013.
Computer Hacking Law Does Not Prohibit Employees from Misusing Data They Are Authorized to Access, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, April 2012.
Ninth Circuit Agrees to Rehear Computer Data Fraud Case, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, November 2011.
Ensuring Emerging Classroom Technologies Are ADA Compliant, ACSA's Leadership Magazine, August 2011.
Litigating Data Fraud Under The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, SideBAR, August 2011.
Using E-Book Readers In Classrooms Without Running Afoul Of Disability Laws, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, July 2011.
Computer Use Policies More Important Than Ever: Employee Liability Under The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, May 2011.
One-Strike Rule For Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Harsh Consequences Or Disability Discrimination?, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, March 2011.
The Other North Korean Dilemma: Evaluating U.S. Law Towards North Korean Refugees, Suffolk Transnational Law Review, May 2008.