Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Melanie Luthern Allen


Melanie Luthern represents public and private sector unions and has a strong background in political and community organizing, policy, and land-use work in coastal Los Angeles.

Melanie Luthern Allen, a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is a labor and employment litigation associate with our firm.  She represents unions in litigation matters, arbitrations, and administrative hearings. She advises public and private sector unions on a wide range of topics regarding their day-to-day operations including employment law and EEO compliance, internal union elections, COVID-19 protocols, and vaccine requirements, as well as workplace violence restraining orders. She also provides advice related to strategic campaigning and organizing.

Ms. Allen also assists unions with policy and legislative matters in subject areas like labor peace, cannabis law, fair scheduling, hazard pay, the California Coastal Act, and CEQA, and advocates for clients at local and state agencies and local governments. She further assists clients with administrative matters such as public records requests, and with the filing of complaints at agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Ms. Allen previously worked at Unite Here Local 11 where was responsible for political and community organizing, policy, and land-use work in coastal Los Angeles. She was the lead political organizer in the City of Santa Monica and at the California Coastal Commission. During Ms. Allen’s time at Local 11, she led the community organizing efforts for the City of Santa Monica minimum wage and short term vacation rental ordinances.

Ms. Allen is a proud mother and lives in Santa Monica where she is active in her community.