Equality and Anti-Discrimination Lawyers

Meet Jef

Jef McAllister is the Managing Partner of McAllister Olivarius, and has over three decades of experience in law and journalism.

Jef started his legal career as a law clerk for US District Court Judge Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California. He then worked for Sidley Austin LLP in New York, representing banks providing financing for leveraged buyouts, Fortune 500 companies and foreign firms doing business in New York.

He now has an active practice counseling companies and individuals in the US and UK, including media figures, victims of internet bullying, defamation and discrimination. He is also a partner of AO Advocates, our sister firm that works for survivors of child sexual abuse. He has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.

Jef worked for two decades as a journalist, serving as Diplomatic Correspondent, White House Correspondent and London Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine. He wrote over 500 articles and cover stories for TIME on politics, diplomacy and law. He appears regularly on BBC radio and TV, and Sky News. His political contacts in and deep knowledge of the media provide an extra dimension to the service we can offer. He joined the firm full-time in 2006.

Jef graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and with honors from Yale Law School. He obtained a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, worked as a reporter in the Philippines as a Luce Scholar, and is co-author of The Right Hand of Power, the memoirs of U. Alexis Johnson, a senior U.S. diplomat. He served for eight years as Alumni Observer on the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in London and is a Trustee of the Open Trust. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and is registered as a foreign lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales.

I will always be grateful for your unwavering support of me. Equally, I will always be grateful for showing me how to find my voice and strength.

Title IX case against UCLA, client confidential

It was such a weight off our shoulders; suddenly somebody else with a lot more experience was managing the case.

Sandeep Mander, Mander and Mander v. Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and anor

We really thought that there was nothing that anybody could do for us. We were wrong.

Dr Celeste Kidd, Aslin et al v. University of Rochester et al

To get the result you got you must be as tough with your legal opposites as you are kind and understanding to your clients.

AOA client, confidential

Compared with other law firms I’ve worked with, no one matches the combination that McO has of experience, brilliance, ferocious fighting and deep empathy for their clients.

Dr Holly Atkinson, Atkinson et al v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al

Because my case could not bear public scrutiny, a very powerful institution used massive financial resources to try to crush me for asking for my disability rights. This was a huge mistake, as they didn’t know that I would obtain McO representation. I couldn’t ask for better representation.

Disability Rights client, confidential

I would like to say from bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to all the team. Now I can go and forget my former employer. God bless you all.

Unfair Dismissal client, confidential