Gloria Allred is an attorney and a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. She has been practicing law for approximately 32 years. Her law firm, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, represents plaintiffs in cases involving employment discrimination, including sex, race, age, physical handicap, sexual orientation discrimination, Aids discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The firm is well-known for their work on behalf of victims in civil rights, rape, child sexual abuse and murder cases.
Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women’s rights and rights for minorities. An active feminist, Ms. Allred founded and is currently serving as President of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF).
Gloria Allred was a radio talk show host on KABC Talkradio in Los Angeles for 14 years. She was also a columnist for the Daily Journal, the daily newspaper of the legal profession. She was selected by USA Today as one of the 25 most important radio talk show hosts in America and in May, 2001 she received the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award from the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts for her “outstanding contributions to talk radio.” Gloria Allred was also nominated for an Emmy three times for her television commentaries on KABC-TV.
Articles by or about Gloria Allred have appeared in publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, The American Lawyer, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The London Times. In July 1990, Los Angeles Magazine named her “One of the 30 Most Powerful People in Los Angeles” and in 1994, “One of the 50 Most Interesting People in Los Angeles.” Time Magazine called her “one of the nation’s most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes.”
In 1985, Gloria Allred was awarded the President’s Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers. In 1986 she received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her “exceptional record of achievement” and a commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley “for her many outstanding contributions to the justice system.” In June 1986, at a White House Luncheon, President Ronald Reagan presented her with the “1986 President’s Volunteer Action Award” for outstanding volunteerism for her development of an innovative child support amnesty program in California.
Gloria Allred is also the only individual in the nation to win the 1986 Public Service Award from the National Association of Federal Investigators, and she was voted one of 1987’s “Best Lawyers in America” by lawyers who won that honor in 1986. She won this honor again by being chosen by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America in 1991. In 1998, the Los Angeles Business Journal named her one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law.” In 2000, The Daily Journal named her “One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California.”
Most recently, Gloria Allred was named a 2004 and a 2007 Southern California “SuperLawyer” by Law and Media and Los Angeles Magazine. Also in 2007 she was presented the “Silver Achievement Award” by the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, for “distinguishing herself in the community through professional, volunteer and/or philanthropic work resulting in significant change”.
Gloria Allred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. from New York University and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. She was also awarded an Honorary J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. In addition to being an attorney, Gloria Allred holds California life credentials in secondary school education and supervision. She taught in public schools for six and one half years, and was also a lecturer at the University of Southern California for several years.
Gloria Allred has two grandchildren, Sarah and Sam. Her daughter, Lisa Bloom, is an attorney who appears as an anchor on Court TV.
Gloria Allred is the author of her book Fight Back and Win – My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice and How You Can Win Your Own Battles.