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


  • New York
  • New Jersey

Allyson McKinstry

New York
Phone: +1 212.803.4061
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

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. 


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

Speeches & Presentations


  • "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
  • "Anticipating The Pandemic's Impact On Retail Leases," Law360 (April 7, 2020). Authors: Gregory D. Call, Rebecca Suarez, Allyson McKinstry, and Tracy E. Reichmuth.
  • "You Know What Happens When You Assume ... It Might Just Result in a Waiver of The Attorney-Client Privilege," Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report (October 13, 2014). Authors: Daniel A. Ross and Allyson McKinstry.
  • "Using Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Statutes to Challenge Reinsurer Delays in Claims Payment," Bloomberg BNA Insurance Coverage Law Report (October/November 2013). Authors: Andrew S. Lewner and Allyson McKinstry.
  • "Finding the Middle Ground: Acuna v. Turkish and the New Jersey Supreme Court's Reaffirmation of a Doctor's Role Under the Doctrine of Informed Consent in the Digital Age," 29 Pace L. Rev. 797 (2009). Author: Allyson McKinstry.

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