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W. Allen Woolley

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Allen Woolley lives in Chicago and is a partner in the Litigation Department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Mr. Woolley has more than twenty years of experience as a commercial litigator and has handled a wide range of complex cases, including commercial, bankruptcy, environmental, employment, and product liability matters. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and has acted as lead counsel on numerous litigation matters and appeals, ranging from complex class actions to disputes involving family-owned companies.

  • As a commercial litigator, Mr. Woolley frequently advises and represents clients in connection with contract disputes, corporate governance issues, and restrictive covenants.  His experience includes:  prevailing in and successfully settling non-compete and trade secret cases on behalf of both former employers and former executives and managers; litigating a broad range of fraud and breach of contract actions; representing public companies in class action securities fraud lawsuits; and representing minority interests in shareholder oppression suits.
  • Mr. Woolley has successfully defended major class action and mass tort lawsuits involving air and groundwater contamination, industrial accidents, and radioactive materials. In addition to extensive work on discovery and developing expert testimony, he has been a member of the trial teams for a number of large, high-profile environmental matters, including the landmark environmental case, Baker v. Motorola, which alleged diminution in property values in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, and a high-profile class action brought against nuclear weapons facility contractors alleging diminution in property values due to the release of plutonium.
  • Mr. Woolley counsels and defends employers in discrimination, harassment and ERISA matters.  His experience includes high-profile EEOC and private class actions, as well as litigation and arbitration relating to withdrawal liability in connection with multi-employer pension plans.
  • Mr. Woolley has frequently represented clients in bankruptcy-related litigation and has appeared in bankruptcy courts in Delaware, Illinois, New York and California.  His experience includes representing both debtors and creditors in adversary proceedings.  He recently acted as co-lead counsel in a bench trial on behalf of the litigation trustee appointed to collect more than $100 million in loans made to former managers and executives to fund their participation in a stock purchase program sponsored by a bankrupt public company.
  • Mr. Woolley has acted as court-appointed pro bono counsel in a number of civil rights cases, including excessive force and race discrimination cases.

Mr. Woolley lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. 


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