Alison R. Kalinski


Ms. Kalinski has substantial experience handling a wide array of litigation matters, including consumer finance and banking litigation, contract disputes, class actions, bankruptcy, and securities litigation. Ms. Kalinski routinely represents financial institutions in the areas of consumer financial services, real estate finance, mortgage banking, and business litigation. Ms. Kalinski also specializes in representing employers in all aspects of employment disputes, including the hiring and termination of employees, discrimination and harassment issues, wage and hour laws, and other personnel issues. Ms. Kalinski also represents clients pro bono in immigration and domestic violence matters. Ms. Kalinski is admitted to practice in New York since 2004 and California since 2009. She is also admitted to practice before all the U.S. District Courts of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits. Prior to joining Palmer, Lombardi & Donohue LLP, Ms. Kalinski practiced at White & Case and Paul Hastings in New York. Ms. Kalinski also clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Gold in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


Ms. Kalinski received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2003. During law school, she served as managing editor of the Tulane Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Kalinski received the Sanctuary for Families 2008 Pro Bono Achievement Award.

Professional Activities

Ms. Kalinski is a member of the Alumni and Parents Admissions Program for Washington University and the Tulane Law School Alumni Ambassador Program. In addition, Ms. Kalinski has served as a member for the fundraising committee for the Bet Tzedek Justice Ball.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Mirant Corporation in a several month-long bankruptcy valuation trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. This was the largest US bankruptcy in 2003 and one of the largest energy sector bankruptcy filings in US history.
  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical company in putative class actions involving claims for gender discrimination and harassment and violation of wage and hour laws, respectively. Obtained dismissal of all claims in both actions on the basis of corporate separateness and plaintiffs’ failure to justify piercing the corporate veil.
  • Successfully obtained numerous dismissals in defense of leading financial institutions and loan servicers against complaints alleging claims of wrongful foreclosure, fraud, unfair business practices, and violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act.
  • Obtained numerous dismissals in actions against banks and credit card companies involving merchant disputes, credit and charge card disputes, checking-related disputes such as embezzlement, forged, and unauthorized endorsements, credit defamation, and claims for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Successfully argued in the California Court of Appeal on behalf of a federal savings bank and affirmed the dismissal of an action asserting claims of fraud and wrongful foreclosure.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a federal savings bank in two actions by escrow companies alleging claims for interference with contract and prospective economic advantage and defamation.
  • Successfully negotiated short sales, forbearance agreements, and loan modification agreements.
  • Successfully negotiate employment contracts and agreements.
  • Successfully obtained a cancellation of removal for a victim of domestic violence and sex-trafficking.
  • Obtained asylum for a man who was persecuted for being a homosexual in Cameroon.
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