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Allyson McKinstry


Allyson McKinstry is a partner in the Litigation Group at Crowell & Moring's New York office. 

Allyson’s practice focuses on a broad spectrum of complex commercial, consumer, and retail litigation, including defending class actions and multi-district litigation. She represents clients from a broad range of industries, including automotive manufacturers, health insurers, financial institutions, retailers, and technology companies.

Allyson has extensive experience litigating in state and federal trial courts, as well as different arbitral forums. She also regularly represents clients in connection with third-party subpoenas.

Allyson has been deeply involved in analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial contracts generally, and retail leases in particular.  She regularly presents and publishes on these issues, and is currently representing numerous clients in connection with litigation arising from the pandemic.

Allyson was a law clerk to the Honorable Brian M. Cogan, U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Allyson was an associate at the New York office of a national law firm.

Allyson graduated magna cum laude from Pace University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the Pace Law Review. She also participated in several Moot Court competitions and received Best Oralist honors in the Pace Grand Moot Competition. Allyson was a co-founding member of the Pace chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and member of the Honor Board. While in law school, Allyson served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Denise L. Cote, U.S. District Court Judge and the Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith, U.S. Magistrate Judge, both in the Southern District of New York. 

Prior to practicing law, Allyson was an investigator with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Consumer Affairs.  During her five years with the Division, Allyson conducted investigations into the business practices of numerous corporations, including lending institutions, insurance companies, and retailers. 


  • The College of New Jersey, B.A. (2001)
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D. (2009) magna cum laude


Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

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"Office Tenants Can Learn Lease Lessons From Trial Court Retail Rulings," Bloomberg Law (July 26, 2021). Authors: Allyson McKinstry, and Ryan Merker.
"New Litigation Frontiers, Brought to You by COVID," Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2021 (January 13, 2021). Contributors: Allyson McKinstry, Luke van Houwelingen, and Chalana Damron
Crowell & Moring Elects Nine New Partners and Promotes 18 to Counsel Positions (January 4, 2021)
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"What lessons can be learned from major categories of COVID-related litigation filed in 2020 and how can companies reduce risk in 2021?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 8, 2020). Presenters: Sadina Montani, Scott L. Winkelman, Daniel W. Wolff, Clifford J. Zatz, and Allyson McKinstry
"Court Rejects Landlords’ Constitutional Challenges to New York Executive Order Suspending Evictions," Litigation Alert (July 1, 2020). Contacts: Gregory D. Call, Allyson McKinstry, Robert B. Kornweiss
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Contract Enforcement and Mitigation Issues in Light of COVID-19," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 16, 2020). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, Mark A. Klapow, and Allyson McKinstry.
"Business Disruption in a Pandemic: What Commercial Office Lease Issues Do You Need to Consider?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 22, 2020). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, A. Marisa Chun, and Allyson McKinstry.
"Anticipating The Pandemic's Impact On Retail Leases," Law360 (April 7, 2020). Authors: Gregory D. Call, Rebecca Suarez, Allyson McKinstry, and Tracy E. Reichmuth.
"Business Disruption in a Pandemic: What Lease Issues Do You Need to Consider?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 31, 2020). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, Allyson McKinstry, Tracy E. Reichmuth, and Rebecca Suarez.
"COVID-19 Lease Issues: What You Need to Consider," Corporate Alert (March 26, 2020). Contacts: Gregory D. Call, Tracy E. Reichmuth, Rebecca Suarez, Allyson McKinstry
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