Alison Leff

Alison Leff

Alison is an attorney at Loevy & Loevy who represents plaintiffs in a range of civil rights cases, including cases arising from wrongful convictions and abuses occurring in prisons and jails.

Before joining Loevy & Loevy, Alison was pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, where she managed the firm’s prisoners’ rights project. In that role, Alison represented prisoners and arrestees whose constitutional rights were violated while they were incarcerated or during arrest. Before that, Alison was a litigation partner at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, where she represented corporate and individual clients involved in complex commercial litigation.

Alison has maintained an active pro bono practice, including representing asylum seekers in the U.S. Immigration Court, and defendants seeking reversal of criminal convictions in Illinois and Alabama. Alison has served on the Young Professionals Board of LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) since its founding in 2009, including serving as co-chair of the board’s executive committee for the 2016-17 term.

Alison graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2008. During law school, Alison was a student attorney with the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project of the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic.

Bar Admissions

• Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit



University of Chicago Law School
• J.D. (with honors) – 2008

University of Pennsylvania
• B.A. (cum laude) – 2005

Past Employment

• Pro Bono Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
• Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP