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Panelist Bio


Allison A. Jones
Downer, Jones, Marino & Wilhite, LLC

Ms. Jones has settled, mediated and litigated hundreds of employment law cases. Several of her cases have been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN and other national news networks. Significant cases include, but are not limited to the following:
• Represented plaintiff in gender discrimination action jury trial, resulting in largest jury verdict awarded in the State of Louisiana for gender discrimination ($3,279,000.00), which was affirmed on appeal. Melody Olson v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 91-0392, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana.
• Represented parent plaintiff group in Title IX gender equity lawsuit against Caddo Parish School Board, which resulted in several million dollars being allocated to bring public school system into compliance with Title IX. Merritt v. Caddo Parish School Board, No. 96-2701, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana.

Ms. Jones has served as counsel for several debtors in Chapter 11 reorganizations in the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Louisiana serving as lead counsel in prosecuting claims on behalf of the reorganized bankrupt estate of Whitaker Construction, Inc. against the City of Shreveport for work done on the Independence Stadium, resulting in a jury verdict of $764,265.00, which jury verdict was also affirmed on appeal.

• Represented female members seeking access to public accommodation restaurant facilities at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana, resulting in the Louisiana Supreme Court’s first ruling that gender-segregated dining facilities in public accommodations are unconstitutional. Albright v. Southern Trace Country Club of Shreveport, Inc., No. 449,372, First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Ms. Jones has also tried numerous jury trials dealing with commercial business transactions and oil and gas lease issues.

Ms. Jones is also a frequent speaker at seminars and has numerous publications in local and state bar journals. She has presented at the Judicial Conference, hosted by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition to these bar association seminars, she is a frequent speaker for Sterling Education Services and local organizations.

Ms. Jones has been invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and she is a currently a Senior Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society representing less than one half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into the Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Current Topic


     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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