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Erin Allen's Relaunch Success Story

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Relauncher Success Story

Erin returned to the legal profession by creating a “returnship” with the Chief U.S. Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan. While working as a clerk in Judge Lenihan’s chambers, Erin worked with the local bar association and law schools to create a program, Back to the Bar, to aid other attorneys seeking to return to the profession of law. Back to the Bar ran for six weeks in 2012 with about 50 men and women participating.


Erin Gibson Allen is an attorney practicing in the area of antitrust law at the Pittsburgh boutique law firm Marcus & Shapira. Erin works on complex multi-district litigation matters in diverse industries including the pharmaceutical industry, the payment card industry, and the packaged seafood industry.

Erin left the practice of law for about 10 years after the birth of her sons. During that time Erin worked from home as a freelance writer for local publications, including for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Erin returned to the legal profession by creating a “returnship” with the Chief U.S. Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan. While working as a clerk in Judge Lenihan’s chambers, Erin worked with the local bar association and law schools to create a program, Back to the Bar, to aid other attorneys seeking to return to the profession of law. Back to the Bar ran for six weeks in 2012 with about 50 men and women participating.

Erin continues to meet with, encourage, and mentor other professionals seeking to change career paths or re-enter the legal profession. Erin also volunteers for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Erin earned a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Rochester and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh.