The 68-year-old, Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based lawyer built her reputation as women's rights advocate, taking high profile men to task. Early in her career, Allred successfully sued the the then all-male Friar's Club in Beverly Hills for its membership discrimination policies (fittingly, Allred held her press conference with James at the Friar's Club in New York.) She went on to target O.J. Simpson, representing Nicole Brown Simpson's family in his murder trial.
In 1997, she represented the actresses Brittany Ashland, who sued Charlie Sheen for assault, and Hunter Tylo, who sued "Melrose Place" producer Aaron Spelling for firing her after she got pregnant.
More recently, Allred represented Amber Frey during Frey's run as a witness in the criminal case against Scott Peterson. She's also behind the (still anonymous) fourth woman to claim to have had an affair with Sandra Bullock's estranged husband, Jesse James.
Allred's allegiance to preyed upon women stems from personal pain. She was raped while on vacation in Mexico in 1966, and an illegal abortion she had after the subsequent pregnancy, almost killed her.
"It's part of who I am," Allred told the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2008. "And because the system didn't work for me, or I didn't think it would, I didn't use it. But that is why I want the system to be there, and to be effective for women. I think that women should understand that it is nothing for them to be ashamed of. They are not the wrongdoer, they are the victim. It needs to come out of the closet so that the stigma is removed."
As her campaign against Woods continues to show, Allred's not about to back down, no matter how powerful the man at hand may be.
"Because of my life experiences, I understand that I have an opportunity to help other women," she told the Los Angeles Business Journal. "I have the desire and the ability."