Katy Allen graded from the law school at UBC with the JD class of 2012. She currently works as an Associate in the Labour, Employment, and Human Rights Group in the Vancouver office of Lawson Lundell LLP (“Lawson Lundell”). Her work continually brings her before a variety of administrative bodies relating to employment, labour, and human rights as well as all levels of court in British Columbia. Allen has a keen interest in the intersection between human rights law and employment as well as questions arising from cannabis legalization.
Prior to attending law school, Allen completed a Bachelor of Science at UBC for which she studied Life Science and Earth and Ocean Science. While at law school, she worked as a research assistant for Natasha Affolder. Throughout her time at law school Allen garnered many academic accolades including a variety of awards and a summer fellowship focused on the remediation of a mining site. In 2011, she joined McCarthy Tétrault LLP (“McCarthy Tétrault”) as Summer Student.
Upon graduation from law school she clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia before articling at McCarthy Tétrault. In 2014 she was called the BC Bar and joined Lawson Lundell as an Associate.
Allen shares her employment and human rights law expertise through a variety of publications on Lawson Lundell’s Labour and Employment Law Blog. She also delivered a presentation at the firm’s 2018 Annual Labour & Employment Seminar.
Allen is a member of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, a position she has held since 2018.