Dr Jef McAllister

Managing Partner

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Email: jmcallister@mcolaw.com

UK Phone: +44 (0) 1628 567 555

London: +44 (0) 20 7386 1047

US Phone: +1 (518) 633 4775


Jef McAllister is the Managing Partner of McAllister Olivarius, and has over three decades of experience in law, business and journalism. He clerked for US District Court Judge Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California. As a lawyer in private practice, he worked for Sidley Austin LLP in New York and represented, among others, large banks providing financing for leveraged buyouts, Fortune 500 companies and foreign banks doing business in New York.

He has an active practice counseling companies and individuals in the US and UK, including media figures, victims of internet bullying and sex discrimination, and people seeking prenuptial agreements and divorces. He is a partner of AO Advocates, our sister firm that works for survivors of child sexual abuse, and a Trustee of GenerationNext!, a charity that supports the Vuleka school in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014 he was selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer for his work in employment and commercial litigation. 

Jef worked for two decades as a journalist, serving as Diplomatic Correspondent, White House Correspondent, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and London Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine. He wrote over 500 articles for TIME on politics, public policy, diplomacy and law, including many cover stories. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and appears regularly on BBC radio and TV, and Sky News. His political contacts in and deep knowledge of the media provide an extra dimension to the service we can offer. He rejoined the firm full-time in 2006. 

Jef graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and with honors from Yale Law School. He obtained a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, worked as a reporter in the Philippines as a Luce Scholar, and is co-author of The Right Hand of Power, the memoirs of U. Alexis Johnson, a senior U.S. diplomat. He served for eight years as Alumni Observer on the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in London. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and is registered as a foreign lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales.