Allyson Britton DiRocco defends the interests of both public and private employers in a variety of industries including health care, banking, education, and municipalities against claims of discrimination, retaliation, constitutional claims, contract disputes, misappropriation of employers’ property rights or business opportunities, restrictive covenants, and other aspects of employment relationships in both state and federal courts. Allyson also counsels employers concerning strategies for compliance with federal and state laws involving various aspects of employment law aimed at the prevention of claims.
Allyson advises private and public institutions regarding matters such as benefits, employment, social media and privacy issues, and student/parent issues. Allyson frequently serves as a guest speaker on employment and education law topics.
- Counseling clients in litigation in state and federal Courts and administrative proceedings, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, and civil rights claims
- Drafting Employee Handbooks and policies
- Negotiating and drafting contracts
- Representing clients before various administrative bodies, including the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the State Board of Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Delaware Department of Labor
- Counseling employers regarding compliance with federal and state laws concerning various aspects of employment and education law
National Center for State Courts, Lawyers' Committee
Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Chair
American Bar Association
The Office of the Child Advocate, Delaware, Guardian ad litem on behalf of abused and neglected children
Thompson v. Christiana Care Health System
Allyson presented oral argument in the Delaware Supreme Court. In a case of first impression, the Court upheld the claimant’s denial of unemployment benefits holding that she did not leave her employment for good cause when she resigned because she did not obtain a desired transfer and failed to exhaust her administrative remedies.
Meltzer v. City of Wilmington
Obtained an order granting summary judgment on behalf of the City of Wilmington in a case alleging Age Discrimination, Workers’ Compensation Retaliation, First Amendment Retaliation, and Due Process Clause violations. The case was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court.
J.M. v. Cape Henlopen School District; A.H. v. Laurel School District
In Education Due Process hearings successfully defended claims by parents of students identified as eligible to receive special education services alleging that the students were denied a free and appropriate public education.
News & Media Mentions
Articles & Publications
- February 2015Delaware Business Times
“I provide advice to employers to help them avoid legal claims. When employers are faced with a claim or employee issue, I work with clients to problem-solve, weigh important risks and benefits, and formulate a legal strategy to put them in the best defensible position in the most efficient manner.” - Allyson DiRocco
Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40, 2017 Honoree
Federal Trial Practice Seminar, Participant
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2009
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Clerk for The Honorable Myron T. Steele, Delaware Supreme Court, 2006-2007
United States District Court, District of Delaware
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
Washington College, B.S., 2002