Gloria Allred '74
Partner, Allred, Maroko, and Goldberg
Between her well-known work as a partner at her law firm, and her radio and television appearances, Loyola alum Gloria Allred keeps busy. Now she has something new to add to her resume: movie star.
Allred is the focus of a new original Netflix documentary premiering this month titled "Seeing Allred." Portions of the documentary were filmed on Loyola's campus, with Professor Laurie Levenson making an appearance.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Allred moved to Los Angeles armed with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in English Education from New York University. "Los Angeles would be a place where my daughter could grow up in the sunshine," Allred recalls. Hoping to further her goal to improve the conditions in the schools by attaining a law degree, she attended Southwestern School of Law for one year before transferring to Loyola Law School.
In law school, Allred developed a deep interest in women's rights – or what she calls in the film, "women's wrongs."
Despite offers of employment from some of Los Angeles' top law firms, she chose to open a firm with two Loyola classmates. The firm of Allred, Maroko, and Goldberg was found with the goal is to "inspire and empower those who have been victimized by discrimination to know that they can stand up for their rights, they can fight back and they can win."
The firm's practice places a heavy emphasis on employment litigation covering such areas as sexual, racial, and age discrimination. Civil rape cases, child abuse, domestic battery cases also are covered at the firm.
Allred has throughout her career been involved in numerous high profile cases, including many showcased in the film, such as the recent filing of a proposed federal class-action lawsuit against producer Harvey Weinstein, representing clients involved in the Cosby case, the Nicole Brown Simpson case, and Hunter Tylo's pregnancy discrimination case against the producers of the television show Melrose Place.
Netflix describes "Seeing Allred" as "a candid look at one of the most public crusaders against the war on women."