Our Team

Michele D. Allen

Michele brings extensive experience to her practice which has resulted in recognitions and honors including being named by her peers in Delaware Today Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

While with Wier & Allen, P.A., Michele contributed to the firm being recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a Best Law Firm designation in the area of Employment and Labor Law. Michele was also recently honored by being selected by Speaker Pete Schwartzkopft to be a member of the Delaware Workplace Bullying Task Force, where she used her expertise to help advise the Delaware General Assembly on issues impacting the workplace.

Michele’s practice covers a broad range of labor and employment matters, applying her years of experience in both private practice and working at the Public Defenders Office in Philadelphia where she successfully defended hundreds of clients. Michele continues to develop an expertise in civil litigation in representing employees and employers state and federal court, as well as in arbitration, mediation, and government agencies.

Her broad array of experience translates to providing the best representation of her clients today. She has successfully represented employers, employees and government entities in a variety of areas ranging from discrimination matters, contract negotiations and civil rights violations. Michele has also represented healthcare professionals before regulatory boards and agencies. She assists physicians with their contract negotiations when they have decided to join or separate from a practice group or hospital.

Michele has experience in helping employers prevent and reduce their exposure to lawsuits by helping them conform their workplace practices and procedures under current laws. She provides employment advice on general employee issues employers face such as discipline and termination. Additionally, Michele has extensive experience in drafting employment agreements, separation agreements, and severance agreements.

While an Assistant County Attorney for New Castle County, Michele worked defending the County in matters related to civil rights violations. At the Philadelphia Public Defenders Office, Michele handled all aspects of criminal defense including felonies and misdemeanors along with representing juveniles in Family Court. Throughout her career, Michele has handled hundreds of both criminal and civil cases.

Prior to going to law school, Michele worked as an investigator for the Public Defenders Office in Washington, D.C. Working as an investigator in our Nation’s Capitol provided Michele with an invaluable and unique approach to handling client’s cases. Now, 20 years later, she continues to apply that knowledge during her career as a lawyer to serve as an effective advocate for her clients.

Education

Trinity College. B.A., Washington, D.C.
Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., Wilmington, Delaware

Admissions

Delaware
Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court, District of Delaware

Prior Practice

Wier & Allen, P.A. (2009 to 2012), Law Offices of Richard R. Wier, Jr., P.A. (2007 to 2009) New Castle County, Assistant County Attorney (2004 to 2007)
Wilmington City Council, Legislative Counsel (2003 to 2004)
Defenders Association of Philadelphia, Assistant Public Defender (1999 to 2003).

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Updates to Employment Law: “Covenants Not to Compete”;
Updates to Employment Law “Workplace Fraud and Misclassification of Employees”;
Presentation to Delaware Medical Group Management Association (DMGMA) “Hiring, Firing and Discrimination;”
The Intersection Among the Americans With Disabilities Act as Amended, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and their Delaware State Corollaries

Committees

Delaware State Bar Association;
Litigation Section Council Member;
Delaware State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section;
Delaware State Bar Association, Women and the Law Section;
Trial Lawyers Association: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Services

Speaker Schwartzkopf’s appointee to the Delaware Workplace Bullying Task Force (2014);
St. Francis Hospital, Ambassador Council Member;
Mock Trial Judge for Widener University School of Law Moe Levine Competition;
Governor’s appointee to the Delaware Commission for Women;
Mock Trial Coach for Delaware Futures;
Volunteer Captain for the iCivics Program for Law Day.

Awards

Delaware Today Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

Emily Biffen

Emily began working at Allen & Associates in 2017, formerly known as Law Offices of Michele D. Allen. Emily worked at the firm as a law clerk, focusing on Labor & Employment Law. After obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree from Widener, Emily was promoted as an associate attorney. Emily focuses her practice on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and regulatory and professional board matters within the Labor & Employment field.

Prior to law school, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from King’s College in Human Resources. After attaining her degree, she started law school at Widener University, Delaware Law School. Previously, Emily interned at a Worker’s Compensation Firm, where she collaborated with lawyers, clients, and assistants. With her Human Resources degree, Emily was well-suited handling and dealing with the client’s matters.

Emily is a Cum Laude graduate of Widener University Delaware Law School. While at Widener, Emily was a member of the Transactional Law Honor Society, Vice President of the Public Interest Law Alliance, and Vice President of the Employment Law Society.

Aside from school and work, Emily enjoys volunteering at Wills for Heroes. Emily also likes to run, play tennis, and travel during the summer.

Education

King’s College, B.A. in Human Resources, 2014
Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D. 2018

Admissions

Maryland

Prior Experience

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Law Clerk
Biancamano & DiStefano, P.C., Worker’s Compensation Intern
Timber Ridge Healthcare Center, Human Resources Intern

Committees

Transactional Law Honor Society, Member, 2015-2018
Employment Law Society, Vice President, 2015-2018
Public Interest Law Alliance, Vice President, 2015-2018

Awards

Recipient of the Zelda Herrmann Memorial Scholarship