Allison Chock, Chief Investment Officer - United States, oversees Omni Bridgeway’s investment management and due diligence processes across its four US offices.
Allison assumed this role in 2017, after serving for almost four years as an Investment Manager and head of Omni Bridgeway's Los Angeles office.
As an experienced trial attorney who specialized for many years in litigating large, contingent-fee commercial disputes, Allison is well-equipped to oversee the company's assessment of opportunities to provide non-recourse litigation funding for companies, individuals and law firms. She personally manages a multi-million-dollar investment portfolio for Omni Bridgeway and helps guide decisions pertaining to the company's full US investment portfolio. She is successful at investing in cases that return victories for the plaintiffs and the lawyers litigating the claims, including a nine-figure settlement to an individual plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case.
Prior to joining Omni Bridgeway, Allison began her legal career as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins. In 2003, she joined renowned litigation-only boutique firm Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman LLP, where she made partner in 2008. The Hennigan firm later merged with McKool Smith, P.C., based in Dallas. At Hennigan (and later at McKool), Allison handled large-scale opt-out securities fraud actions for private institutional investor clients and other complex commercial business disputes. Her litigation experience spans multiple jurisdictions, including California, New York and Texas.
Allison is one of only four professionals recognized as experts in the field of litigation funding within the US by Chambers and Partners. She also has consistently been recognized in the Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance as a prominent consultant and strategist to the legal profession as well as in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Third Party Funding 2020 Guide. Allison moved into the US litigation finance industry during its nascent stage and possesses expertise that is often sought out by lawyers, law firms and members of the business community seeking to understand how funding works, and how it can help them. She frequently speaks at conferences and events hosted by various professional organizations and also leads continuing education (CLE) seminars for law firms.
Allison holds a variety of leadership positions focused on championing Omni Bridgeway's commitment to increasing access to civil justice. She is an active member on the board of advisors for UC Berkeley law school's Civil Justice Research Initiative, which conducts objective, empirical research into factors that limit access to America's civil justice system. In 2016, she helped spearhead Omni Bridgeway's decision to provide a significant capital contribution to the CJRI in furtherance of its mission. She also sits on the executive committee of the board of directors for Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the United States, which works with major law firms and corporations to assist a wide spectrum of underprivileged and underserved people to access civil and social justice. Public Counsel provides services in a broad array of areas including veterans' advocacy, community development, early care and education law, homelessness prevention law, children's rights (including adoptions and guardianships), consumer law (including bankruptcy), and immigrants' rights.
Allison studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and received her B.A. in French literature from UC Santa Barbara. She received her Juris Doctor from the College of William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the oldest law school in the United States (founded 1779) where she was National Trial Team Champion and named to the Order of Barristers.
- Co-author. Curiouser and Curiouser! A Review of the NYCBA’s Ethics Opinion on Litigation Funding. Bentham IMF Blog. September 11, 2018.
- Author. The Benefits of Using Litigation Funding Over Litigation Insurance. Bentham IMF Blog. September 27, 2017.
- Co-author. Bentham Urges Rules Committee to Reject Chamber’s Proposed New Requirement For Federal Cases. Bentham IMF Blog. September 22, 2017.
- Co-author. Big Business Lobby Tries to Hobble Litigation Finance, Again. Law360. June 6, 2017.
- Author. The Benefits of Using Litigation Funding in Trust and Estate Litigation. Bentham IMF Blog. April 19, 2017.
- Examining the Current Events that are Impacting Litigation. General Counsel Conference. September 25-26, 2019. New York, NY.
- CIO Roundtable: Insights, Challenges & Opportunities. LF Dealmaker. September 18-19, 2019. New York, NY.
- Litigation Finance: What Your Legal Department Needs to Know. Association of Corporate Counsel. June 14-15, 2019. Irvine and El Segundo, CA.
- Which Cases are Getting Funded and Which Will Get Rejected and Why? Insight Exchange Network Litigation Funding Conference. October 2, 2018, New York, NY.
- Litigation Do's and Don'ts: Practical Strategies for Managing Complex Disputes in Today's Environment. 30th Annual General Counsel Conference. September 26-27, 2018, New York, NY.
- First Joint-Coordination Conference at Berkeley. The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. June 5, 2018, Berkeley, CA.
- Third Party Funding: Previewing the Queen Mary Report. Columbia Law School Arbitration Day Conference. March 2, 2018, New York, NY.
- The Economics and Ethics of Litigation Funding. National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention. November 3, 2017, Washington D.C.
- Litigation Financing: Ethics & Opportunities. The National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Webinar. June 22, 2017.
- Ethics of Litigation Finance. American Bar Association’s 2017 Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference. March 8-10, 2017, New Orleans, LA.
- Emergence of Litigation Financing in Complex Litigation. Northwestern Law's Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation Conference. November 16-17, 2016, Chicago, IL.
- Going Global: Litigation Finance Facilitates Access to Justice Worldwide. 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention. November 4, 2016, San Diego, CA.
- Litigation Finance: Driving Law Firm Profitability. Bentham IMF and Bloomberg BNA Big Law Insights on Litigation Finance Panel. September 21, 2016, New York, NY.
- The Business of Mass Torts Litigation. American Bar Association Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar. January 22, 2016, Park City, UT.
- Show Me the Money: How Litigation Funding Changes the Playing Field for Business Litigation. Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Northern California Chapter Program. January 19, 2016, San Francisco, CA.