Allison  M. Bustin pittsburgh

Allison M. Bustin



Allison Bustin focuses her practice on a broad range of employee benefits matters.

Prior to entering law school, Allison served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps Costa Rica, where she taught English and wrote grants on behalf of her community to fund, organize, and teach annual intensive English camps and coordinate other community activities. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. She has worked as a development consultant in Bolivia, interned with USAID in Kosovo and facilitated programming with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program in Bosnia.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Order of the Coif
  • Teacher’s Assistant for Legal Research and Writing
  • Pro Bono Service Leadership Recognition Award (Pitt Law)
  • National Association of Women Layers, Outstanding Law Student Award (Pitt Law)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow
  • Competed in the 2019 Willem C.Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Serbia, Croatia, and Austria


Allison has a passion for service and believes in lifelong learning. Public service has been her driving force, and led her to join both AmeriCorps and Peace Corps to learn more about her adopted city, Pittsburgh, and the world. Working with other volunteers, be it through labor-based activities  – roofing in WI, masonry in Bolivia, planting trees in Costa Rica, packing up book requests for inmates in PA – or now through legal advocacy – working with the Pitt Immigration Law Clinic, the Name Change Project, or serving as President of PLISF, a student-run nonprofit —  has given her purpose and community. Her service experiences continue to motivate and educate her. In addition to service, Allison enjoys traveling, creating, cooking and gardening.