Skip to main content

Erin Allen's Relaunch Success Story

Erin Gibson Allen headshot

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.


Did this story motivate you or inspire you!?

Do you have a relauncher success story of your own to share with us and the rest of the relauncher community?

Sharing your inevitable success is a great way to give back as your story will inspire and motivate other relaunchers, especially if your story is not the typical story that is told.

It is our hope that all relaunchers are able to see themselves reflected in relauncher success stories as we all know how important representation is. We respectfully ask you to share only the details of your relaunch you are comfortable sharing, but to indeed share your story with us so we can be sure to document and feature a more diverse population of relauncher experiences, background and identities.

Submit your #iRelaunched success story here!