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Lisa A. Ball

Lisa was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1973, and completed undergraduate studies in 1994 at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice with a minor in Psychology. From there, she worked as a paralegal for two years for a small law firm in her hometown area of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1999, she graduated from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts with a Juris Doctorate degree. While in law school, she earned a spot on the American Trial Lawyers Association Moot Court Team where she represented Western New England School of Law in its regional Moot Court competition.

In 1999, Lisa was hired by Merrill Lynch Trust Company and was promoted to an Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer in 2001. At Merrill Lynch, Lisa was responsible for 750 client life insurance trust accounts,  Simultaneously, while working for Merrill Lynch, Lisa became a bar advocate in 2001. She practiced in area courts on a part-time basis while continuing to work for Merrill Lynch until October of 2002.

When Lisa left Merrill Lynch Trust Company in late 2002, she immediately went into private practice with Shawn Allyn. (see Firm Overview icon)  Lisa has extensive experience in the criminal courts having handled thousands of criminal cases in the last eleven years. 

Lisa also maintains a private practice, which includes personal injury auto accidents, probate and family law, real estate closings, estate planning, and civil litigation

Attorney Ball is also the former City Solicitor for the City of Holyoke, having served under the former Mayor Elaine A. Pluta in 2010-2011.  In this capacity, she managed the City’s law department of four attorneys, negotiated union contracts for the City, represented the City in civil litigation, civil service hearings, arbitrations, and hearings before the Division of Labor Relations.  She also drafted special legislation and city ordinances, and  provided legal advice and opinions to every department in the City.

Lisa was admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in 2000. She is a member of the Hampden County Bar Association, Hampden County Lawyers for Justice, Massachusetts Bar Association, American Inns of Courts and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

In addition, she is a lifetime member of the Penn state Alumni Association, is the Vice-president of the Holyoke Bar Association, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

You can email Attorney Lisa Ball at: lball@allynandball.com

Shawn Allyn

Shawn was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and received two Bachelors degrees from Westfield State College. He also received an associate’s degree from Holyoke Community College.  He earned  his law degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.

After law school, Shawn became a member of both the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania bars and is also a member of the Hampden County Bar Association.

Shawn has a rich and diverse work history.  While in law school, he worked full time as a social worker. After law school, Shawn became an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Holyoke. In this position, he was able to horn his trial skills managing many municipal issues participating in employment discrimination claims, Massachusetts Tort Claim Act defenses and other areas of the law such as Liquor Licensing, Zoning, and Municipal Retirement. 

Shawn has successfully handled medical malpractice, automobile personal injury, and product liability cases.

Shawn has gained local notoriety for vigorously representing employees in discrimination cases and at the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission. 

Shawn has handled hundreds of Criminal Cases throughout Massachusetts.   He has also successfully argued Appeals in the Massachusetts Appellate Courts. 

Shawn he has tried several jury cases from Homicide to Wrongful Death.    Due to Shawn’s rich work history, experience, and exposure to so many areas of the law, he maintains a wide-based practice  in multiple areas of the law throughout Massachusetts in its Federal and State Courts.

Shawn recently was the lead attorney on one of the regions largest police brutality cases.  He also works in conjunction with the American Civil Liberty Union of Western Massachusetts on Civil Rights matters as co-counsel when requested. 

In January, Shawn was only one of a handful of lawyers selected to represent defendants indicted by the United States Government within the Western Region of the Massachusetts Federal District Court. 

For more information, please see our case information and history page. 

You can email Attorney Shawn Allyn at: sallyn@allynandball.com

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