“I come from a working class family where my dad was a union worker,” he says. “Nothing has ever been handed to me. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.”
Tom Robenalt adds, “Allen would run through a brick wall for his clients. He’s very determined.”
Allen’s hallmark is his tenacious advocacy for his clients. For example, he recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of pedestrian who’d been run over in a grocery store parking lot. The insurance company denied the claim all the way up until one week before trial, when the company caved and offered the policy limits amounting to a six-figure settlement.
“That client went from having little hope to getting the best possible outcome,” says Allen, who is often praised for being trustworthy and honest.
“There is a lot of competition for personal injury cases,” he says. “A lot of clients ask why they should hire us instead of another law firm. I tell them that we’re going to work the hardest.”
Allen was born and raised in Huron, Ohio. After graduating from Huron High School, he attended Bowling Green State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He then attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.
While in law school, Allen served as vice chair of Cleveland-Marshall’s moot court team, competed as a member of the National Moot Court team, and served as business editor of the Journal of Law and Health. Allen was a recipient of Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Association’s Scholarship, the Federal Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law, and the CALI award for receiving the “High A” in Constitutional Law.
In his “free” time, Allen serves on the board of directors for Team Leadership Corps, a nonprofit organization that helps teens develop their leadership potential through a character- and service-based curriculum administered through high schools. The teens work in the community all year, conducting fundraising, tutoring disabled children, visiting nursing homes, and more.
That service-oriented approach to his community is at the heart of Allen’s professional life, as well.
“I prefer to work on cases in which the individuals have lost the most, meaning something has been taken away from them — either a loved one or they’re no longer able to work,” he says. “At the end of the day, I’m never going to make them whole, but I work my absolute hardest to bring them to a place in their life where maybe they can move forward again.”
Areas of Practice:
- Personal Injury – Plaintiff
- Products Liability Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Employment Law – Employee
- Consumer Law
- Wrongful Death
- Insurance Law
- Civil Rights
- Ohio, 2010
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2011
- Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, magna cum laude, Cleveland, Ohio, 2010
- Bowling Green State University, magna cum laude, Bowling Green, Ohio 2007
- Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2010 – Present
- The Ohio State Bar Association, 2010 – Present
- American Bar Association, 2010 – Present
- Ohio Association for Justice, 2011 – Present
- American Association for Justice, 2011 – Present
- Team Leadership Corps: Board of Directors, 2011 – Present