Monifa Gray

Senior Associate  
Phone: 313.871.5500 x 118
Fax: 313.871.0517


Monifa K. Gray has extensive experience defending municipalities in in both state and federal court, as well as in administrative hearings.  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 employment, education, municipal and law enforcement industries.  She also has experience representing municipal, public school academy and state governmental boards and other deliberative bodies.


Ms. Gray has regularly appeared in state and federal 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.  She also served as a Policy Analyst for the Michigan Senate, where she advised members on public policy, legislation and state budgets for the Health, Judiciary, State and Local Government and Homeland Security Committees, as well as, the Judiciary and General Government Budget Committees.


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.




  • Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Corporate Transactions and Compliance
  • Public-Municipal Law
  • Police Misconduct








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





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