Allison K. Chock

Allison Chock, Chief Investment Officer-US and Legal Counsel, oversees Bentham IMF’s investment management and due diligence processes across its four US offices. Ms. Chock assumed this role in 2017, after serving for almost four years as an Investment Manager and head of Bentham’s Los Angeles office. 

As an experienced trial attorney who specialized for many years in litigating large, contingent-fee commercial disputes, Ms. Chock is well-equipped to oversee the company’s assessment of opportunities to provide non-recourse litigation funding for companies, individuals and law firms. She personally manages a multi-million-dollar investment portfolio for Bentham and helps guide decisions pertaining to the company’s full US investment portfolio. She is successful at investing in cases that return victories for the plaintiffs and the lawyers litigating the claims, including a nine-figure settlement to an individual plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case.

Prior to joining Bentham, Ms. Chock began her legal career as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins. In 2003, she joined renowned litigation-only boutique firm Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman LLP, where she made partner in 2008. The Hennigan firm later merged with McKool Smith, P.C., based in Dallas. At Hennigan (and later at McKool), Ms. Chock handled large-scale opt-out securities fraud actions for private institutional investor clients and other complex commercial business disputes. Her litigation experience spans multiple jurisdictions, including California, New York and Texas.

As a veteran litigation funding professional who moved into the US industry during its nascent stage, Ms. Chock possesses expertise that is often sought out by lawyers, law firms and members of the business community seeking to understand how funding works, and how it can help them. She frequently speaks at conferences and events hosted by various professional organizations and provides CLE seminars for law firms.

Ms. Chock also holds a variety of leadership positions focused on championing Bentham’s commitment to increasing access to civil justice. In addition to her role with the Civil Justice Research Institute, she is also a member of the board of directors for Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, which works with major law firms and corporations to impact a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level.

Ms. Chock studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and received her B.A. in French literature from UC Santa Barbara. She received her J.D. from the College of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she was National Trial Team Champion and named to the Order of Barristers.