Allan Townsend

Allan Townsend

Allan Townsend
Experience: 22 years
Maine, New Hampshire, 1st Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Service Award and 2 others
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Awards 4
Experience 22y
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Allan has fought to protect workers’ rights his entire career in all types of employment law cases. He has successfully represented clients in court, including in jury trials, and before government agencies. From 2010 to 2018, Allan served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Civil Rights Division, in Washington, DC, where he protected the rights of employees of state and local governments as well as military service members. DOJ entrusted Allan to represent the United States in some of its most high profile cases including a large class action challenging the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) pattern of discrimination against Black and Hispanic applicants—which settled for about $100 million—and the first-ever employment discrimination lawsuit that DOJ filed to protect the rights of a transgender individual.

Allan served as a member of the Civil Rights Division’s LGBTI Working Group. The LGBTI Working Group advised the Division’s leadership on legal and policy issues relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, and HIV/AIDS status. Through his work with the LGBTI Working Group and his experience in litigation Allan became very well versed in the legal issues that LGBTI workers face and the laws that protect them.

J.D., The Ohio State University, 2002
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
Civil Rights Division’s Distinguished Service Award
Special Commendation Award from Civil Rights Division
DOJ Pride’s James R. Douglass Award (DOJ Pride is the recognized organization for LGBT DOJ employees and allies)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

New Hampshire
1st Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Experience


Peter Thompson & Associates


2018 - Current

Maine Employee Rights Group



1999 - 2002

The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

J.D. (2002)

1995 - 1999

University of Texas - Austin

B.A. (1999) | Economics


Allan Townsend
Distinguished Service Award

U.S. Attorney General

Distinguished Service Award

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Special Commendation Award

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

James R. Douglass Award

DOJ Pride


New Hampshire Employee Rights Group 15 Constitution Dr 1st Floor Bedford NH 03110 Toll-Free: (833) 365-2929 Telephone: (603) 224-7315
Maine Employee Rights Group 92 Exchange St Portland ME 04101 Toll-Free: (800) 596-0662 Telephone: (207) 874-0905 Fax: (207) 874-0343