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Allyson R. Terpsma

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  • Grand Rapids

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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.



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


  • 2014, Michigan


  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2014

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan


  • 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

  • Best Lawyers' Grand Rapids Labor and Employment Law - Management "Ones to Watch" List, 2021
  • Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award


Community Affiliations

  • Home Repair Services
    Secretary (2019-Present); 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 (2016-17)
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    Emerging Leaders Class of 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • "Legal Developments in Human Resources," Association for Human Resources Management Panel, November 10, 2021, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Risk-Mitigating Employment Policies," Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange Webinar, June 22, 2021
  • "The Biden Admidnistration and Legal Impacts in the Workplace," ACC Michigan Virtual Program, May 13, 2021
  • "Considerations for Remote Employees," Warner Webinar, November 17, 2020
  • "COVID-19 Panel: What Your C-Suite Should Be Thinking About," Warner Webinar, July 21, 2020
  • "Strategies and Pitfalls for Retaining, Terminating and Returning Employees to Work in the World of COVID-19," Warner Webinar, April 24, 2020
  • "2019 Employment Law Update," Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, December 11, 2019, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, October 16, 2019, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Labor Law Seminar," 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," Council of Michigan Foundations, April 23, 2019, Grand Rapids, 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

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