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Founder and Executive Director 

Allegra Fishel (she/her/hers) has been a civil rights lawyer for over 25 years with a focus on advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community. Before founding GELC, Allegra was a plaintiff-side employment lawyer for over 20 years. She was of Counsel for ten years at Outten & Golden LLP, and was founding partner at Beranbaum Menken Ben-Asher & Fishel. Allegra has litigated numerous gender-discrimination cases in federal and state court and in a variety of other administrative bodies.


Allegra’s goal in forming GELC was to combine a unique blend of litigation and non-litigation advocacy to push for social and legal change. In this regard, she regularly requests and incorporates prospective, remedial relief, including training, policy revisions and procedural changes as part of any settlement obtained before or as a result of litigation. After working her first job with Rhode Island Legal Services, Allegra has continued her commitment to ensuring that legal representation is available to low and modest income individuals – regardless of the size or value of their cases. Allegra co-directed the Outten & Golden’s Family@Work clinic which provided free legal services to low wage earners who experienced caregiver and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. She also participated in a pro bono clinic doing client intake at NYC’s Legal Services. Allegra continues to join coalitions and taskforces which seek to address the underrepresentation of low and modest income individuals in New York City.


Allegra is a frequent lecturer on gender-based discrimination issues both to the private bar and to legal advocates at a variety of nonprofits. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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