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Allison Bowers

Allison Bowers

Partner

Biography

In the words of her peers, Allison Bowers "represents the very best of the legal profession - smart, honest, caring, and extremely capable." Born and raised in a small Texas town, Allison's approach to law reflects her grounded, practical roots. Allison is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, has been named to the Best Lawyers and Texas Super Lawyer lists, and has served as an expert witness on the legal sufficiency of an internal investigation.

After law school, Allison clerked for Lee Yeakel, now Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin. Allison practiced as a commercial litigator with Baker Botts LLP for over ten years before co-founding Hutcheson Bowers LLLP, which celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2022.

Allison's sensible and sympathetic perspective make her especially sought after as an investigator and counselor on difficult employee management issues. Executives love working with Allison for these same reasons. Allison is also called on to manage litigation because she is laser-focused on getting to the best resolution for her client in the most efficient way possible.

After busy days at work, Allison enjoys the peaceful process of tending to her orchids, some of which she's had for over 10 years. Her oldest plant, a philodendron, is over 30 years old and has survived being dug up and hauled all over Austin. Her husband and teenage daughter often try to interrupt her, but she's learned to tune them out.

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D., with honors – 1999
    • Texas Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • The University of Texas
    • B.A., with Highest Honors – 1996
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Plan II

Bar Admission

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Published Works

  • “Women at The University of Texas: A Call to Action,” 9 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 117, 2000 , 2000

Published Cases

  • Tu Nguyen v. Duy Tu Hoang, 318 F. Supp. 3d 983 (S.D. Tex. 2018) (argued)
  • Doe v. United States, 831 F.3d 309, 313 (5th Cir. 2016) (argued)
  • Coastal Habitat All. v. Patterson, 601 F. Supp. 2d 868, 870 (W.D. Tex. 2008), as amended (May 22, 2009), aff’d, 385 F. App’x 358 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Voice of Cornerstone Church Corp. v. Pizza Prop. Partners, 160 S.W.3d 657, 661 (Tex. App. 2005) (argued)
  • Jarvis v. Cirrus Logic, Inc., 97 F. App’x 493 (5th Cir. 2004) (argued)

Honors

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 and 2022 in Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Law Firm of the Year, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (2014)

Classes & Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law, Employment Agreements (2014-2019)
  • Parental Leave, Austin Bar Diversity Summit (2022)
  • The Intersection of Employment Law, Social Media, and the First Amendment, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Administrative Law Course (2022, 2018)
  • COVID Return to Office Education, Austin Human Resources Association (2021)
  • FFCRA, COVID-19, and Return to Work Issues, Austin Human Resources Association (2020)
  • #MeToo in the Law Firm: Lessons on Conducting Effective Trainings to Reduce Harassment, Austin Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (2018)
  • Employment Law Update, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (2018)
  • When Politics Invade the Workplace, Austin Human Resources Association (2017)
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Employment Law Course (2016)
  • The Case of the Moonlighting Employee, University of Texas Technology Law Conference (2016)
  • How to Succeed in Mediation and Arbitration, Texas Minority Counsel Program (2016)
  • How to Protect Trade Secrets, Austin Human Resources Association (2015)
  • Social Media & Non-Compete Law: From Hiring to Firing, HR High Tech Roundtable (2014)
  • Presented defense case for “The Shoot Out” on ADA/FMLA issues, SHRM-Texas State Council Legislative Conference (2013)
  • Arbitration: The Pros & Cons and the How-to’s, University of Texas Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference (2012); Texas Association of Business, Employment Relations Symposium (2012)
  • "Implementing Policies and Practices That Comply With the FMLA and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Pregnancy, Maternity, and Fertility Leave Issues,", Council for Management Education, Austin, 2003
  • "Auditing Investigation Policies,", Internal Investigation of Employment Issues in Texas, Lorman Education Services, Austin, 2001

Past Positions

  • Justice Lee Yeakel, Texas Court of Appeals Third District, Austin, Briefing Attorney
  • Baker Botts LLP, Special Counsel

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee (2015-2017)
  • Board of Directors, Austin Human Resources Management Association (2014-2015)