Monifa Gray

Monifa Gray

Senior Associate
Telephone: 313.871.5500 x 118
Facsimile: 313.871.0517

Monifa K. Gray has extensive experience defending municipalities in civil rights, municipal law and police misconduct litigation, in both state and federal court. Ms. Gray also counsels public entities on a variety of education, employment, governance, and public law matters. She has worked with public-sector clients in the education, municipal and law enforcement industries.

Ms. Gray regularly appears in court, prepares written, factual and expert discovery, conducts fact and expert witness depositions. She excels at writing and researching legal memoranda, motions and other pleadings, including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She has drafted board policies and procedures, drafted various legal opinions on complex educational, law enforcement and municipal issues, and drafted service, vendor, lease and professional service agreements.

Ms. Gray has also been a member of several trial teams; where she has prepared opening statements, examined witnesses, argued evidentiary motions and prepared jury instructions.

Prior to joining Allen Law Group, Ms. Gray was in private practice in Chicago, served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Denise Page Hood in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a Judicial Research Attorney for Honorable Leo Bowman in Oakland County Circuit Court and a Policy Analyst for the Michigan Senate.

Ms. Gray has a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received her Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt University Law School. While at Vanderbilt, Ms. Gray was both the president and vice president of the Black Law Students Association, was an intern for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Tennessee and volunteered at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defenders Office.





  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.



  • State of Michigan
  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • United State District Court Trial Bar for Northern District of Illinois
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals