Allie Phillips is an attorney licensed in Michigan and Maryland. As a former prosecuting attorney, she has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime, particularly animals and children, and raising awareness about protecting animals to keep communities safe. In 2015, Allie was named one of America’s Top Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
She is an author and consultant assisting organizations on innovative methods to protect animals and to promote more compassionate connections between animals and humans.
Allie was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan for many years handling felony and high-profile cases, including heading the 1999 MSU Riot prosecutions. Since 1997, she has been training and consulting with prosecutors and criminal justice professionals. In 2003, she became a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and National Child Protection Training Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, created a training program on the co-occurrence between animal abuse and intra-familial violence, authored numerous professional articles, and traveled the country training prosecutors, law enforcement and child protection professionals on best practices to benefit child victims.
In 2007, she joined the American Humane Association as Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She drafted and analyzed federal and state legislation to protect animals and children, including being the author of the 2009-10 legislative bill to ban pound seizure in Michigan (which passed the House and ran out of time in Senate) and a bill to ban gas chambers in Michigan shelters. She oversaw special initiatives related to human-animal interactions, including launching the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program in 2008 (now Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™) which she created in the mid 1990’s. This program is the first and only national initiative to help domestic violence shelters create on-site housing for family pets so that families in crisis do not have to be separated from their pets or leave them behind in an abusive home. Allie appeared on The Today Show about the program. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications including the Associated Press, USA Today, The Washington Post, Cat Fancy Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine in Canada. She also co-created the Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program which sets forth guidelines on how to effectively incorporate therapy animals to help abused children, especially through the court process.
From 2011-2015 Allie returned to the National District Attorneys Association to launch and direct the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse as well as act as Deputy Director for the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. In her position as director of NCPAA, she raise awareness and importance among prosecutors and allied professionals on the proper handling of animal abuse cases, especially as they relate to family violence.
Allie has conducted over 350 trainings across the United States to prosecutors, judges, child, family violence, and animal protection professionals, and has authored more than 50 publications. Her animal advocacy work has been featured on The Today Show, in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Magazine (December 2010) and as the cover story for Alpha Xi Delta Quill Magazine (Spring 2010).
She is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is an active member of these organizations:
- American Bar Association Committee on Domestic & Sexual Violence Liaison (contributing information about animal abuse);
- Association of Professional Humane Educators Advisory Group;
- Cat Writer’s Association professional member;
- Denver Pet Partners Advisory Council;
- Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section council member;
- National Coalition on Violence Against Animals board member;
- National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse advisory group;
- National Link Coalition steering committee member;
- White Coat Waste Project Advisor.
For most of her life, Allie has been an active volunteer for homeless animals. In 2000, she co-founded Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter in Lansing, Michigan, an organization that increased the adoption/rescue rate of cats and dogs at the animal shelter by 400% in 2 years, and led the advocacy effort to successfully ban pound seizure at the shelter in 2003. From 2003-2015 she volunteered for King Street Cats in Alexandria, VA and is the past President. Allie now volunteers for the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, MI.
In 2011 she co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, a coalition to help remove outdated practices from Michigan shelters (including pound seizure and gas chambers). She provides pro bono legal advice to advocates and animal rescue organizations in Michigan and assisted six additional Michigan counties in their successful campaigns to end pound seizure. Since 2009, she has been assisting the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center by having shelter cats flown from St. Croix to Michigan and Virginia so that they can be adopted into loving homes. After visiting the island of St. Croix in January 2009 to train at an animal welfare conference, and seeing the pet overpopulation epidemic and the need for mainland transfers and adoptions, she has helped numerous St. Croix cats travel to Virginia to be adopted through King Street Cats.
Allie believes that animals, like humans, must be made whole after they experience abuse or neglect. In 2011, she started a business called Manifested Harmony where she offers energy healing and wellness consultations for animals. Allie is a Certified Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Certified Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, and a Young Living essential oil member (#1414338). Through her business, Manifested Harmony, she provides energy healing to abandoned/abused pets, teaches people about energy laws and energy tools to manifest their best life, and enjoys ballroom/swing dancing, gardening, yoga, reading, and practicing healthy eating and lifestyles.