Media, Entertainment & First Amendment
Information Technology Litigation
Consumer Class Action Defense
Director’s Officer’s Liability
Employee Benefits and Life, Health and Disability Claims
University of Michigan Law School – 2000
Morehouse College, cum laude – 1996
Mr. Allen represents corporations and individuals in a broad range of complex commercial matters. He has extensive experience with contract disputes, common law fraud, statutory consumer fraud and deceptive practices, publicity and privacy rights, insurance coverage disagreements, real estate matters, ERISA, and enforcing creditor rights in bankruptcy court. Mr. Allen also reviews and negotiates contracts to minimize unfavorable terms and reduce the risk of future litigation.
While Mr. Allen initially seeks to amicably resolve cases to avoid costly litigation and salvage valuable relationships, he is fully prepared to vigorously protect the client’s interests both inside and outside the courtroom. He matriculated at one of the best law schools in the nation and honed his litigation skills at some of the largest law firms in the country. For more than fifteen years, he has been intimately involved with all phases of litigation, including case investigation, discovery, dispositive motion practice, jury trials, bench trials, and alternative dispute resolution. His practical, yet aggressive, approach to ligation has earned him the respect of many of his colleagues, judges, and juries.
Mr. Allen secured the right to practice before Illinois state courts and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also has appeared before various other courts around the country on a pro hac vice basis. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and Cook County Bar Association.
In addition to being devoted to his clients, Mr. Allen is committed to positively changing the way human beings interact with each other. As a result, he is currently a board member of the Unity Partnership – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing police and civilians together to help them see each other as part of the same community. He is also a board member of the Obama Legacy Initiative – a not-for-profit and bipartisan organization that, among other things, enables youth to see the heights they can achieve regardless of their racial and/or socioeconomic status. Mr. Allen is also a small group leader at Soul City Church, where he helps members transform their personal relationships and maximize their potential.