Women & Business Feb. 2018: Erin Gibson Allen
Erin Gibson Allen is an attorney at Marcus & Shapira.
Erin Gibson Allen
Marcus & Shapira
Erin Gibson Allen doesn’t see herself ever leaving Pittsburgh. Although she loves new experiences and traveling, Pittsburgh is home — the attorney at Marcus & Shapira lives and grew up in Upper St. Clair and also spent ten years living in Shadyside.
Marcus & Shapira is a law firm that focuses on labor and litigation and also does transactional work. “We are a smaller, boutique firm, but we are fortunate to have some of Pittsburgh’s largest businesses as clients,” she says.
When she joined the firm, Allen had experience in the healthcare industry and some antitrust background. Over the past several years, she has gained experience on complex antitrust cases, general litigation and transactional matters that involve healthcare or pharmaceutical issues.
Allen took a break from practicing law when her sons were young and now speaks about the process of returning from a career break. This year, she was invited to be a speaker at the national iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference at Colombia University in New York.
“Women from all professions take and return from career breaks more often than most people realize,” Allen says.
She also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee of the Women’s Center and Shelter; her firm has sponsored and hosted a holiday party for the residents for the last two years. Allen and her friends and family also prepare and serve dinners to the women and children staying at the shelter. “Sitting and talking with the residents is a privilege,” she says. Allen also serves on board committees of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The daughter of a retired 30-year steel industry executive who never missed a day of work and a “smart and outgoing” mother, Allen says she is a product of her parents’ values and advises other women to “get up, get dressed and show up.”
“If you do that consistently and reliably, you’ll often be ahead of the competition and be a good distance down the road to whatever goal you are working toward,” she says.