Skip to main content

Allyson R. Terpsma

Associate | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2785

    f. +1.616.222.2785

Biography

Allyson Terpsma focuses her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation for employers across a variety of industries. She guides clients through difficult employee situations and advises them on civil rights laws, disability and leave issues, wage and hour compliance, and labor relations. Allyson drafts employee handbooks and employment-related agreements, including independent contractor, confidentiality, non-compete, and separation agreements, and provides human resources and supervisor training. In addition, she conducts internal investigations and represents clients before state and federal government agencies. Allyson arbitrates labor and employment disputes, and her litigation practice involves wage and hour cases and civil rights actions. She drafts pleadings and dispositive motions, manages discovery, takes and defends depositions, and argues in court.
 
Prior to Warner, Allyson developed her passion for law while working for a litigation consulting firm in New York City for more than six years. During this time, she supported expert witnesses by performing economic analyses, helping draft their reports, and preparing them for deposition and trial in securities class actions pending in federal court. Through this experience, Allyson obtained a solid foundation in managing projects for complex litigation matters.

Industries

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 2013 cum laude
  • Dartmouth College B.A. 2002 English and Economics magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2014, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

  • Successfully represented clients with respect to: 
    • EEOC/MDCR charges
    • Labor arbitrations
    • Discrimination/harassment/retaliation lawsuits
    • Collection and tort actions
  • Obtained favorable settlements with respect to:
    • Discrimination/harassment/retaliation lawsuits
    • Wage and hour litigation

Honors & Awards

  • Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • Home Repair Services
    Board of Directors (2017-Present)
  • Junior League of Grand Rapids (2017-Present)
  • Dartmouth Alumni Club of West Michigan
    Treasurer (2016-Present)
  • Junior Achievement Titan Challenge Committee (2016-2017)
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    Emerging Leaders Class of 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, October 16, 2019, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Labor Laws and Supervisor Seminars," The Northeast Michigan Human Resource Association, September 24, 2019, Alpena, Michigan
  • "Rethinking Your Workforce Strategies from Recruitment to Retention," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 7, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Employment Law Update & Recruitment/Retention Ideas," Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, April 23, 2019, Detroit, Michigan
  • "Legal Briefing - Paid Medical Leave Act," Michigan Bankers Association, March 13, 2019, East Lansing, Michigan
  • "FMLA, ADA and Mental Health Issues," BASIC webinar, February 5, 2019
  • "FMLA, ADA and Mental Health Issues," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 3, 2018
  • “Anatomy of a Discharge," Employment Law - Mock Trial 2018, Traverse Area Human Resource Association, April 26, 2018, Traverse City, Michigan
  • “Common FLSA Missteps,” BASIC webinar, March 27, 2018
  • "Anatomy of a Discharge," Employment Law - Mock Trial 2017, Midland Panel, November 7, 2017, Alpena, Michigan
  • "Myth or Truth: Labor & Employment Panel," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panels, October 6, 2017, Midland, Michigan
  • "HR Basics for Beginners," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 23, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Attracting and Retaining Millennials" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, November 2, 2016, Novi, Michigan
  • "The Policies Your Company Needs," Warner Human Resources Seminar, June 9, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Labor & Benefits Executive Panel," Warner Seminar, October 26, 2015, Troy, Michigan
  • "Anatomy of a Discharge Case, Best Practices in HR Litigation," Mid-Michigan and Cadillac Area Human Resources Association, September 15, 2015, Clare, Michigan
  • "Recent Changes to the FMLA, ADA," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you.

Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.

ACCEPTCANCEL

Text

+ -

Reset